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

Five takeaways from Blackhawks 5-1 win over Jets: Offensive contributions everywhere

Five takeaways from Blackhawks 5-1 win over Jets: Offensive contributions everywhere

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night:

1. A perfect start.

Against a high-powered Jets offense that leads the league in first-period goals (40) and ranked fourth in goals per game (3.41) entering Thursday, the Blackhawks made sure to throw the kitchen sink at Winnipeg in the opening frame.

The Blackhawks scored two goals on their first two shots thanks to Vinnie Hinostroza netting his first of the season and Tommy Wingels scoring his third in four games, and Nick Schmaltz later made it three goals on five shots when he redirected Duncan Keith's shot from the point.

The Blackhawks as a team recorded 24 shot attempts (12 on goal) and generated nine 5-on-5 scoring chances compared to 12 attempts (six on goal) and two scoring chances for the Jets. 

2. Bottom six delivers.

Not only did the Blackhawks score five goals, but they got contributions from all over the lineup, particularly the bottom six yet again. Hinostroza and Wingels set the tone early, and their offense trickled down to the top six. 

On the first goal, Patrick Sharp made a nice play to keep the puck in the offensize zone, capitalizing on a Tyler Myers turnover and sliding a perfect pass to Hinostroza for the one-timer. 

On the second, Lance Bouma's first pass attempt to Wingels from behind the net was blocked by a Jets forward but his second one got through and Wingels made no mistake in snapping it past Connor Hellebuyck.

It's the fourth time in the last five games the Blackhawks have gotten a goal from their fourth line, and the first goal from the third line since Alex DeBrincat was moved up to the first with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.

3. That pass by Schmaltz...

Already on the scoresheet with a goal in the first period, Schmaltz decided to add to his highlight reel in the way he knows how to do it best.

A little past the midway mark of the second period, Schmaltz jumped on a rebound and fired an unbelievable no-look pass right on Kane's tape, who buried home his second goal in as many games to give the Blackhawks a 4-0 lead.

Kane's reaction said it all:

4. Corey Crawford stays sharp.

In their biggest test to date, the Blackhawks needed their netminder to be on his A-game and he was, not surprisingly, up to the task.

With a 27-save performance, Crawford improved to 8-0-2 in his last 10 starts and hasn't lost a regulation game since Nov. 12 against New Jersey. He's allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last four games, and has a .952 save percentage over that span. He also has given up just one goal or fewer in 10 of 24 starts this season.

Crawford's overall save percentage jumped to .934, moving him into a tie with Andrei Vasilevskiy for the league lead among starters.

5. Blackhawks blue liners making things difficult for Joel Quenneville.

When Cody Franson went down with a lower-body injury, it was Jordan Oesterle who got the call to slide into the top pairing with Duncan Keith and he hasn't missed a beat despite being a healthy scratch in 11 straight.

With Jan Rutta (upper body) out, Michal Kempny got back in the lineup for the first time in 14 games and he made sure to make his presence felt.

He logged 16:30 of ice time, registered five shot attempts (three on goal), a blocked shot and scored the Blackhawks' fifth goal of the game with an absolute missile of a slap shot from the left circle that whizzed above Hellebuyck's right shoulder.

It was an important goal, too, because the Jets had just cut the lead to 4-1 and were making a strong push towards the early stages of the third period.

It's a great problem to have when you have eight capable defensemen, but it calls for some difficult decisions when Franson and Rutta get healthy. Oesterle has done nothing to warrant being removed from the lineup, and neither did Kempny in this one.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Jets in Central Division showdown


Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Jets in Central Division showdown

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Corey Crawford vs. Connor Hellebuyck.

When ranking the importance of goaltenders to their respective teams, these two should be near the top of the list. And they're having Vezina Trophy-type seasons.

Crawford ranks second in the league among starters with a .933 save percentage this season and is 7-0-2 with a 2.18 goals against average and .933 save percentage in his last nine starts.

Hellebuyck on the other hand has arguably been the MVP for the Jets, compiling a 16-3-4 record with a 2.44 goals against average, .920 save percentage and a shutout in 25 appearances. Backup goaltenders Steve Mason and Eric Comrie have combined for a 2-5-1 record with a .897 save percentage in nine appearances. 

They are clearly better when Hellebuyck is in goal, and it's not close. Expect a fun showdown in net.

2. Pick your poison.

There may not be a deeper forward group in the Western Conference than the Jets. They have a dangerous four-line rotation, with the ability to score from top to bottom.

Blake Wheeler has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in six games this month, and is among the top 10 in scoring with 38 points. Patrik Laine has scored a goal in four of his last six games, while Nikolaj Ehlers has scored in three straight.

And then we get to the bottom six.

The third line of Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev are the fifth-best trio in the entire league (minimum of 100 minutes) when it comes to possession numbers, controlling 61.38 percent of the even-strength shot attempts, while the fourth line of Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks and Joel Armia is coming off a game in which they combined for five points (two goals, three assists).

This might be the biggest test yet for the Blackhawks.

3. Be ready by puck drop.

No team has scored more goals in the first period than the Jets, who have 40. The next highest team is the Toronto Maple Leafs with 37. 

But the Blackhawks aren't too shabby in the opening frame, either. They rank fifth with 32 goals, although seven of them came in the first two games of the season.

Still, there's no room for a slow start on either side. Two points are on the line for a Jets team aiming for the No. 1 seed and a Blackhawks squad trying to get back into the playoff picture.