NBC Sports Chicago announces Blackhawks October 5 home/season opener coverage


NBC Sports Chicago announces Blackhawks October 5 home/season opener coverage


NBC Sports Chicago’s 50-Game Blackhawks Regular Season Game Schedule gets underway with the 2017-18 HOME/SEASON OPENER

against the Two-Time Defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins this Thursday, October 5th!

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Regular Season Blackhawks telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all Pre/Post-Game Shows –

to be made available to authenticated subscribers on and via the NBC Sports app!

HOME/SEASON OPENER coverage on October 5 to feature “Breakfast with the Blackhawks” on Facebook Live, the Opening Night “Red Carpet Special,”

on-site United Center remote editions of “SportsTalk Live” & “Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live,” plus - expanded social media coverage via every NBC Sports Chicago portal all day/night!

NEW THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago to carry “Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live” before/after EVERY GAME (including all games airing on WGN, NBCSN, and NBC 5)!

NEW THIS SEASON: Former Blackhawks Fan Favorites ADAM BURISH and BRIAN CAMPBELL, along with home game reporter MICHELLE McMAHON, to join NBC Sports Chicago’s Blackhawks Coverage Team! to feature in-depth reporting from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers; Live Coverage of Every Postgame Press Conference,

“BlackhawksTalk Podcasts,” Expanded Game Highlights, plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago crew of Blackhawks experts and much more!

“Blackhawks Season Preview” special airs TOMORROW NIGHT at 7:00 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (October 3, 2017)NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 50 live regular season Blackhawks games (including live streaming to authenticated subscribers via and the NBC Sports app).  NBC Sports Chicago is also announcing the addition of two former Blackhawks fan favorites (2010 Stanley Cup Champions Adam Burish & Brian Campbell) to its Blackhawks coverage team, plus – for the first time ever – LIVE pre/postgame coverage for EVERY Blackhawks telecast (including games airing on WGN, NBCSN, and NBC 5), and much more!

The 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on NBC Sports Chicago gets underway with the HOME/SEASON OPENER against the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, October 5 with expanded, day-long multi-platform coverage; note the following details (all non-game programming also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers at

·        10:30 AM – Breakfast with the Blackhawks – NBC Sports Chicago will get to the United Center ice early with live coverage of the team’s very first regular season morning skate practice session.  Hosted by Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live’s Pat Boyle and’s Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers, Blackhawks Morning Skate Live will be streamed “exclusively” on Facebook Live (  Interviews with Blackhawks players and coaches can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago’s Facebook page later in the morning.

-        (THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING)In addition to Facebook ( and Twitter (@NBCSChicago & @NBCSBlackhawks), NBC Sports Chicago’s social media outlets will provide fans with a multitude of Opening Night “Sights & Sounds” moments provided via Snapchat (‘NBCSChicago’), along with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Live

  •         5:30 PM – Red Carpet Special – NBC Sports Chicago will be at the United Center to provide fans with special coverage of the Blackhawks players/coaches/ambassadors “Red Carpet” arrival as they get ready to start up the 2017-18 NHL season in style.  The “Red Carpet Special” will be hosted by Pat Boyle, who will be joined by former Blackhawks center/2013 Stanley Cup Champion/current Blackhawks Community Liaison Jamal Mayers, and new addition to the network’s Blackhawks coverage team this season – fan favorite and a member of the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship roster – Adam Burish, who will provide player insight, along with some fashion commentary along the way.  Plus, NBC Sports Chicago’s new Blackhawks home game reporter, Michelle McMahon, who previously handled numerous anchor/reporting duties at the NHL Network, will be reporting from the red carpet throughout the show.  The “Red Carpet Special” can also be viewed on Facebook Live (

·        6:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado Special Opening Night United Center remote edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and a panel of Blackhawks/NHL experts.

·        6:30 PM – Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live – Special edition pre-game show live from the United Center featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers, and yet another fan favorite joining NBC Sports Chicago’s Blackhawks coverage this season – 2010 Stanley Cup Champion/current Blackhawks Hockey-Business Operations Liaison – Brian Campbell.  This one-hour edition of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live will provide a complete look at the 2017-18 squad featuring player/coaches/VIP interviews, a number of season preview feature segments, detailed Blackhawks vs. Penguins player match-up discussion, along with additional in-arena Opening Night reports from McMahon.

·        7:30 PM – HOME/SEASON OPENER – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Featuring the call from Hall of Famer Pat Foley and former Blackhawks defenseman/veteran analyst Steve Konroyd (NOTE: Konroyd will be filling in for U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer/Blackhawks legend Eddie Olczyk, who’s currently on a medical leave of absence). 

·        10:00 PM – Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by (time approx.) – Hosted by Boyle, Mayers, and Campbell, with postgame locker room reports from McMahon, Blackhawks Postgame Live will provide fans with a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews.

·        10:30 PM – In the Loop presented by GMC (time approx.)  Expanded “Opening Night” recap, along with the latest hot topics, highlights, and can’t miss videos from the day in sports.

·        12:30 AM – Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh (game replay)

In addition to its Opening Night coverage, NBC Sports Chicago has announced it will begin providing its viewers with surrounding Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live coverage for EVERY game (home and road) on the Blackhawks schedule, which includes local broadcast Blackhawks telecasts airing on WGN-TV, along with exclusive national games airing on either NBCSN or NBC (seen locally on WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 Chicago).  These additional airings of Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live will feature primary host Pat Boyle, along with a rotation of studio analysts, including Jamal Mayers, Adam Burish, and Brian Campbell.  On nights of home games, Michelle McMahon will also provide viewers with pre/post-game reports and locker room interviews.  NOTE: Due to live game programming airing on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location on occasion, a number of Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live editions will air on the network’s alternate channel, NBC Sports Chicago+.

Throughout the season, EVERY Blackhawks game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via and the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of Blackhawks games, viewers are urged to visit the following link:

In addition, airing TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed, Oct. 4) at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2017-18 NHL season with the Blackhawks Season Preview presented Chevy special.  Hosted by Boyle & Mayers, this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Blackhawks roster and all the off-season trades & acquisitions that will have this team primed for a hopeful deep run in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks game telecast, will also provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks content throughout the season including the following:

  • will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by - providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville addressing the media as it happens – as part of the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” stream.
  • Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers returns for her eighth season on the beat, who will be joined by Blackhawks digital reporter and producer Charlie Roumeliotis, entering his third season covering the team. Follow @NBCSBlackhawks on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2017-18 NHL campaign.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by
  • “Blackhawks Talk PODCAST” – Featuring Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live host Pat Boyle, analyst Jamal Mayers, “Insider” Tracey Myers, digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s “Blackhawks Talk” podcast features in-depth Blackhawks discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: NBC Sports Chicago will deliver Blackhawks push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BlackhawksTalk ( -’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. BlackhawksTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the #BlackhawksTalk podcast.
  • Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Blackhawks coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’
  • Blackhawks coverage on is presented by Toyota.


2017 - 2018 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule


  1. Thu, Oct 5            vs. Pittsburgh                           7:30 pm         HOME/SEASON OPENER!
  2. Mon, Oct. 9          @ Toronto                                6:00 pm
  3. Tue, Oct. 10         @ Montreal                              6:30 pm
  4. Thu, Oct. 12         vs. Minnesota                           7:30 pm        
  5. Sat, Oct. 21          @ Arizona                                8:00 pm        
  6. Tue, Oct. 24         @ Las Vegas                            9:00 pm
  7. Fri, Oct. 27           vs. Nashville                             7:30 pm
  8. Sat, Oct. 28          @ Colorado                              8:00 pm
  9. Sun, Nov. 5          vs. Montreal                             6:00 pm        
  10. Thu, Nov. 9          @ Philadelphia                          6:00 pm
  11. Sun, Nov. 12        vs. New Jersey                         6:00 pm
  12. Wed, Nov. 22       @ Tampa Bay                          6:30 pm        
  13. Sat, Nov. 25         @ Florida                                 6:00 pm
  14. Mon, Nov. 27        vs. Anaheim                             7:30 pm
  15. Thu, Nov. 30        vs. Dallas                                 7:30 pm
  16. Sat, Dec. 2           @ Dallas                                  8:00 pm
  17. Sun, Dec. 3          vs. Los Angeles                        6:00 pm
  18. Fri, Dec. 8            vs. Buffalo                                7:30 pm         NBCSCH+
  19. Tue, Dec. 12        vs. Florida                                7:30 pm
  20. Thu, Dec. 14        @ Winnipeg                              7:00 pm
  21. Sun, Dec. 17        @ Washington                          6:00 pm
  22. Thu, Dec. 21        @ Dallas                                  7:30 pm
  23. Thu, Dec. 28        @ Vancouver                           9:00 pm        
  24. Fri, Dec. 29          @ Edmonton                            8:00 pm
  25. Fri, Jan. 5             vs. Las Vegas                           7:30 pm        
  26. Tue, Jan. 9           @ Ottawa                                 6:30 pm
  27. Fri, Jan. 12           vs. Winnipeg                             7:30 pm
  28. Sat, Jan. 20          vs. NY Islanders                       7:30 pm        
  29. Thu, Jan. 25         @ Detroit                                 6:30 pm
  30. Sat, Feb. 3           @ Calgary                                9:00 pm
  31. Tue, Feb. 6          vs. Calgary                               7:30 pm
  32. Thu, Feb. 8          vs. Dallas                                 7:30 pm
  33. Sat, Feb. 10         @ Minnesota                            7:00 pm
  34. Mon, Feb. 12        @ Arizona                                8:00 pm
  35. Tue, Feb. 13         @ Las Vegas                            9:00 pm
  36. Thu, Feb. 15         vs. Anaheim                             7:30 pm
  37. Wed, Feb. 21       vs. Ottawa                                7:30 pm        
  38. Fri, Feb. 23          vs. San Jose                            7:30 pm
  39. Sat, Feb. 24         @ Columbus                            6:00 pm
  40. Sat, Mar. 3           @ Los Angeles                         3:00 pm        
  41. Sun, Mar. 4          @ Anaheim                              3:00 pm
  42. Thu, Mar. 8          vs. Carolina                              7:30 pm
  43. Sat, Mar. 10         @ Boston                                 12:00 pm
  44. Thu, Mar. 15        @ Winnipeg                              7:00 pm
  45. Tue, Mar. 20        vs. Colorado                             7:30 pm
  46. Thu, Mar. 22        vs. Vancouver                          7:30 pm
  47. Mon, Mar. 26        vs. San Jose                            7:30 pm
  48. Thu, Mar. 29        vs. Winnipeg                             7:30 pm
  49. Fri, Mar. 30          @ Colorado                              8:00 pm         NBCSCH+
  50. Fri, Apr. 6             vs. St. Louis                             7:30 pm

25 Home, 25 Road regular season games

Total: 50 games

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

The pros and cons of reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks top line


The pros and cons of reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks top line

Jonathan Toews' offense usually comes in spurts. We're seeing it again right now.

But it's no coincidence his numbers have spiked since Patrick Kane joined him on the top line.

After recording another two points in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Blackhawks captain has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games; he had 11 points in his previous 23 games total.

Toews also reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th straight season, joining Kane and Alex Ovechkin as the only three active players to accomplish that feat to open their NHL careers.

Kane has seen his offensive production pick up, too. He has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in his past 13 games after going five straight without one, which was his longest point drought of the season.

When the two of them are on the ice together at even strength, they control 57.9 percent of the shot attempts. It hasn't quite translated on the scoresheet (14 goals for and 17 goals against) maybe the way it should, but they are certainly spending far more time in the offensive zone than the defensive end and are generating a high volume of shots.

So yes, reuniting the dynamic duo has worked stats-wise.

But it comes at a cost:

— Vinnie Hinostroza and Nick Schmaltz haven't scored in six straight contests.

— Alex DeBrincat's season-long goal drought is up to 13 games.

— Artem Anisimov's last even-strength goal came nine games ago.

When you put Kane and Toews together, you risk losing some balance across the lineup and that's why Joel Quenneville has always been reluctant to go to that nuclear option. He prefers when opposing teams are forced to play 'Pick Your Poison.'

Ideally, you'd like to spread out the scoring, but one thing is for certain: The Blackhawks are better when Kane and Toews are each producing offensively, whether they're apart or together. 

When the wins start to dry up though — and they have — that's normally when it's time to try something different.

Perhaps more importantly, the last thing you want are those scoring droughts mentioned above to stretch even further and get inside the younger skaters' heads, then carrying it with them into the offseason.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Has the championship window closed?


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Has the championship window closed?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Jonathan Toews sits down with Pat Boyle for a 1-on-1 interview. Toews weighs in on his season with Brandon Saad, whether he expects major changes this offseason and has the championship window closed?

Also, Adam Burish joins the podcast and plays the game: “Building block, not sure, or no thanks.” Burish runs down the Blackhawks forwards and predicts whether or not they have a future with the team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: