CSN to air 51 Blackhawks games in 2016-17

CSN to air 51 Blackhawks games in 2016-17

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday their local television schedule for the 2016-17 season, and CSN will pick up 51 regular-season games and three preseason games. 

CSN will also provide in-depth pre- and post-game coverage with Blackhawks Pregame Live and Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following each contest.

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The Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. to kick off CSN's coverage for the season.

Here are several other CSN matchups to circle on your calendar:

  • Sunday, Nov. 6 vs. Dallas: The Blackhawks will welcome the reigning Central Division champion Stars to the United Center for the first time this season. Thirty-one goals were scored in five matchups between the two last season.
  • Monday, Nov. 21 at Edmonton: The Blackhawks will get their first look at 2015 No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid, who was injured during all three contests against Chicago last year, and will also do so in the Oilers' new stadium, Rogers Place. 
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 at St. Louis: In a rematch of their first-round matchup in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Blues prevailed in seven games, the two divisional foes will rekindle their rivalry in St. Louis.
  • Friday, Jan. 6 vs. Carolina: Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen will return to Chicago for the first time since being traded to the Hurricanes over the offseason due to salary cap restraints.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 vs. Tampa Bay: The Lightning will return to the United Center, where they saw the Blackhawks hoist their third Stanley Cup since 2010 after falling in six games. 
  • Tuesday, March 14 at Montreal: The Blackhawks will visit Andrew Shaw, who was traded to the Canadiens in the offseason, in his new home for a late-season showdown against Montreal.

In addition to the 51 games carried by CSN, NBC and NBCSN will nationally televise 11 Blackhawks games this season, all of which will be available via live stream:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 at St. Louis at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Monday, Jan. 2 at St. Louis at 12 p.m. on NBC (2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium)
  • Sunday, Jan. 15 vs. Minnesota at 6 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Minnesota at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 at Buffalo at 5 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. St. Louis at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Wednesday, March 1 vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Sunday, March 12 vs. Minnesota at 6 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Wednesday, March 29 at Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on NBCSN
  • Sunday, April 2 vs. Boston at 11:30 a.m. on NBC

Start of the Blackhawks Dynasty, Part 4: Roster overview

Start of the Blackhawks Dynasty, Part 4: Roster overview

In a 10-part series, we look back at the 10-year anniversary of the 2008-09 season, the start of the Blackhawks dynasty.

Starting a dynasty means you have to identify a group of core players to build your team around. Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews were those guys, along with Marian Hossa, who joined that mix later on.

You also need a mixture of young talent and strong veterans to fill out the depth to become successful. That's exactly what the Blackhawks had at the beginning of their dynasty and throughout.

On the first day of NHL free agency in 2008, the Blackhawks inked All-Star defenseman Brian Campbell to an eight-year deal, which solidified Chicago as a destination players wanted to commit to long term. That same year, Kris Versteeg emerged as the Blackhawks' third Calder Trophy candidate in two years, Martin Havlat and Andrew Ladd set a career high in points with 77 and 49, respectively, while youngsters Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer and Dustin Byfuglien began to make a name for themselves as valuable pieces to the puzzle.

"Real good group of guys," Joel Quenneville said on Oct. 18, 2008. "I can say that it's the first time I walked in the room where, wow, I was impressed."

Six of the Blackhawks' Top 10 scorers in 2008-09 were aged 23 or younger. The average age for the other four? 27. The youth movement was real and they all contributed in a big way.

Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown

Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown

In honor of the late executive Jim Johannson, who died unexpectedly in his sleep in January at the age of 53, USA Hockey is hosting a Stars and Stripes Showdown at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 26 and three Blackhawks will be participating in it: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy.

Kane served as USA's captain at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark this past May and set a new American record with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 10 tournament contests, which earned him MVP honors. DeBrincat had one goal and eight assists while Murphy led USA with a plus-7 rating.

Other star-studded headliners participating: Connor Hellebuyck, Seth Jones, Dylan Larkin, Auston Matthews, Charlie McAvoy, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, James van Riemsdyk and Zach Werenski. It's a great group getting together to celebrate the life of Johannson, who was an instrumental part of USA Hockey's program for the last 18 years.

Tickets are being sold for $10 and $15, which you can purchase here. Doors open at 1 p.m. ET with the game starting at 2 p.m.

A few events that will occur throughout the game: a ceremonial puck drop, a live game-worn jersey auction, an online auction featuring game-worn jerseys and autographed NHL memorabilia, special raffles and an opportunity postgame to meet and greet select players and coaches. All proceeds will benefit both the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.