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Top Blackhawks games on CSN for 2017-18 season

Top Blackhawks games on CSN for 2017-18 season

Here are several notable Blackhawks games on CSN, soon to be NBC Sports Chicago, for the 2017-18 season:

Thursday, Oct. 5 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

— The new/old-look Blackhawks will be getting a huge test to kick off the campaign by welcoming the defending Stanley Cup champions to town for their season opener. It will be battle between two teams who are tied for the most titles in the salary cap era with three, and a chance to start off their quest for a fourth on the right note.

Friday, Oct. 27 vs. Nashville Predators

— How about some revenge early on? The Blackhawks are hosting the reigning Western Conference champions twice in October, and CSN will be carrying the second meeting. We all know what did and didn't happen for the Blackhawks in the first round of last season's playoffs, and there's no better way to rid the sour taste in your mouth than to try beating the team that was responsible for it in the opening month.

Saturday, Feb. 24 at Columbus Blue Jackets

— The Blackhawks will be visiting the new home of an old friend in Artemi Panarin in this matchup, and it will also be Brandon Saad's first trip back to Columbus since the offseason trade that made him a member of Chicago ... again. To add a little extra storyline to the table, the tilt will take place less than 48 hours before the NHL trade deadline, so both teams could look a little different.

All three matchups against Vegas Golden Knights

— What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ... except on the ice rink? CSN has you covered for all three games against the league's newest expansion franchise on Oct. 24 (road), Jan. 5 (home) and Feb. 13 (road). Former Blackhawks Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk were shipped to Carolina after the expansion draft so there won't be any reunions, but the versatile roster will make it an entertaining contest as we see many of the same faces on one team.

Check out the full schedule here, which includes 50 games on CSN/NBC Sports Chicago.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

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Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen

The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN. 

Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows. 

“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”

It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.