Highlights of Blackhawks schedule on NBC Sports Chicago in 2018-19

Highlights of Blackhawks schedule on NBC Sports Chicago in 2018-19

The Blackhawks released their full television schedule for the 2018-19 season, and 51 of them will be aired on NBC Sports Chicago. Eleven of them will appear exclusively on national TV (NBC or NBCSN) while the remaining 20 will be on WGN.

For the second straight season, Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live will air before and after all 82 contests and can be streamed on the NBC Sports app.

Here are our six highlights on the NBC Sports Chicago schedule this season with Pat Foley, Eddie Olczyk and Steve Konroyd on the hometown call (and, in case you missed it, here are five games to circle on national TV):

1. The early Blues — Oct. 6 at St. Louis at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 vs. Chicago at 7:30

The Blackhawks might be feeling a little Blue early on. Four of their first 19 games of the season are against St. Louis, with two coming within the first week. No team was more active in the Western Conference than the Blues, who added four top-nine forwards and are getting a fifth back in Robby Fabbri, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury. Not a bad measuring stick for Game 2.

2. First look at John Tavares and Maple Leafs — Oct. 7 vs. Toronto at 6 p.m.

The biggest storyline of the offseason, bar none, was Tavares leaving the New York Islanders to sign a seven-year deal with the Maple Leafs, who immediately became one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. In fact, only the Tampa Bay Lightning (107.5) opened with better point total odds than Toronto (106.5), according to Bovada. And rightfully so. When you can line up Auston Matthews, Tavares and Nazem Kadri centering your first three lines with Mitch Marner and William Nylander also creating on the wings, they should be. So as soon as the Blackhawks are finished in St. Louis, they'll head back to Chicago for their much-anticipated home opener.

3. Quick home and home with Connor McDavid's Oilers — Oct. 28 vs. Edmonton at 5 p.m. and Nov. 1 at Edmonton at 8 p.m.

Any time you get a chance to watch the best player in the world entering the prime of his career in front of your eyes, you do it, especially when you factor in that he's already on track to be considered one of the greatest players of all time. Look no further than when McDavid had one of the best assists you'll ever see against Chicago last season, a spin-o-rama on two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith and former All-Star Brent Seabrook:

It will also be fun to watch Patrick Kane and McDavid share the same sheet of ice in a head-to-head battle of former Art Ross Trophy winners as the league's leading scorer, with Kane having won in 2016 and McDavid the last two seasons.

4. Vegas, baby! — Nov. 27 vs. Vegas at 7:30 p.m.

Who would've thought a few years ago that this would be a game to circle? Well, that's where we're at right now, and the Blackhawks will be welcoming the Western Conference champion Golden Knights to town and are still seeking their first win against the NHL's newest franchise after going 0-for-3 against them last season. 

5. "Detroit Sucks!" — Feb. 10 vs. Detroit at 2 p.m.

This is the one time of year where those couple fans in the 300 level right in front of the press box who chant, "Detroit Sucks!" after puck drop, no matter the opponent, is acceptable. Maybe it's time to retire that anyways, but it's no secret fans still get up for the Blackhawks and Red Wings rivalry and it probably means more to Chicago because during Detroit's 25-year playoff streak the Red Wings basically had a stranglehold on the division. That hasn't been the case over the last decade as far as the successes of each franchise, but the Blackhawks still have a ways to go to catch Detroit's 11 Stanley Cups.

6. Final day drama? — April 6 at Nashville at 7 p.m.

It's debatable whether or not the Blackhawks did enough this offseason to vault back into a playoff spot, but that's certainly the expectation around the team. So given those expectations, there could be some final day drama when they visit the Predators, who will likely be battling for the No. 1 seed again while the Blackhawks look to avoid missing out on the postseason for the second straight year.

Check out the full broadcast schedule here:

Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day


Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull          Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad    Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley     March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita         Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan    Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin            May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham       June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.


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Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast


Hawks Talk Podcast: The 'Patrick Kane is Really Good' Podcast

Despite an ugly loss to the New Jersey Devils, Patrick Kane once again stood out and proved he is still one of the game’s best players. Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Charlie Roumeliotis debate whether Kane is having a better season than he did in 2016 when he won the Hart trophy as the league’s MVP and break down the Blackhawks’ much-improved power play – which Kane has dominated.

Plus, would Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook be willing to waive their no-movement clauses and accept a trade outside of Chicago?

0:30 – Is Patrick Kane having a better season than his Hart campaign in 2016?

4:00 – Kane has single-handedly transformed the Blackhawks power play

7:00 – Kane gets it done no matter who is on his line or what the team’s circumstances are

9:15 – Why Kane could explode in next two games vs Rangers and Capitals

11:50 – Blackhawks power play scoring in six straight games

14:30 – No more Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook on the power play?

17:30 – More concerned with depth scoring or lack of foot-speed by Hawks defense?

18:45 – Hawks can patch up some of those concerns in free agency

21:00 – What does this defense core look like next season?

24:00 – Would Keith or Seabrook be willing to accept a trade?

27:30 – Is it time to start using the word “tank” if it nets you Jack Hughes?

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

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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