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.

CSN announces 2017-18 Blackhawks TV schedule

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CSN announces 2017-18 Blackhawks TV schedule

The Blackhawks announced their complete television schedule for the 2017-18 season season on Wednesday.

For the 13th consecutive season, CSN is your home for Blackhawks coverage. All CSN Blackhawks games can be live streamed on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app. In addition, Blackhawks Pregame Live will air before every CSN game and Postgame Live will immediately follow each game. 

CSN's regular-season coverage of the Blackhawks kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 5 as the Hawks welcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the United Center for the season opener.

Some highlights of CSN's Blackhawks coverage includes: a home matchup with the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Oct. 27, a road tilt with former Blackhawk Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 24, a home game against a trio of former Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes on March 8 and all three matchups against the Vegas Golden Knights (Oct. 24, Jan. 5 and Feb. 13).

Check out the full Blackhawks' 2017-18 TV schedule below:

Days after trade with Blackhawks, Vegas Golden Knights flip Marcus Kruger to Carolina

Days after trade with Blackhawks, Vegas Golden Knights flip Marcus Kruger to Carolina

Las Vegas is quite the destination, but apparently not for former Blackhawks.

Marcus Kruger, who the Vegas Golden Knights acquired on Sunday, was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday morning. The expansion team got the Hurricanes’ fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft for the former Blackhawks center.

A few hours after Kruger was traded to Vegas, SportsNet’s John Shannon tweeted, “On Kruger trade, someone should tell Marcus not to unpack. Team has yet to decide if he stays or gets dealt.” And here we are.

Kruger’s the second Blackhawks player the Knights have immediately flipped to the Hurricanes. After selecting Trevor van Riemsdyk in the NHL expansion draft on June 21, Vegas traded the defenseman and its 2018 seventh-round pick to Carolina for the Hurricanes’ No. 62 overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Hurricanes continue to be the latest destination for former Blackhawks. Currently, Kruger, van Riemsdyk, Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen are part of the main roster. Bryan Bickell was with the team last season.