CSN to carry expanded, live 10th annual Blackhawks Convention Opening Ceremonies coverage this Friday, July 21


CSN to carry expanded, live 10th annual Blackhawks Convention Opening Ceremonies coverage this Friday, July 21

 5:00 PM CT -- LIVE Blackhawks Convention “Opening Ceremonies” coverage - hosted by Pat Boyle & Tracey Myers!

6:00 PM CT -- Special Blackhawks Convention edition of “SportsTalk Live” - hosted by David Kaplan featuring special Blackhawks guests!

CSN live stream available on  or via the NBC Sports app

Complete Blackhawks Convention coverage throughout the weekend on’s ‘BlackhawksTalk’ section via reports from Myers & Blackhawks digital reporter Charlie Roumeliotis,

which will include additional player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!

Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special CSN prize giveaway details! 

Chicago, IL (July 18, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to start up the 2017-18 NHL season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the sold out 10th annual Blackhawks Convention, which will be held downtown this weekend (July 21-23) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, July 21 beginning at 5:00 PM CT (hosted by Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live’s Pat Boyle & Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers), CSN will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the convention’s opening ceremonies featuring introductions of Blackhawks players/coaches/front office executives, the singing of the National Anthem, exciting video montages, plus – a special live interview with a Blackhawks player immediately following the Opening Ceremonies and much more! (NOTE: CSN will also re-air the Convention’s opening ceremonies later in the evening at 11:00 PM.)

At 6:00 PM on Friday night, the Convention coverage continues on CSN with a live remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan, along with a panel of Blackhawks experts and special guest interviews.  PLEASE NOTE: Live stream of the Opening Ceremonies coverage and SportsTalk Live will also be available at or via the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers. 

Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive Blackhawks Convention coverage on’s BlackhawksTalk section ( featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more to be provided via Myers, Blackhawks digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis, along the CSN’s team of behind-the-scenes Blackhawks experts. 

Fans can also look forward to upcoming Convention-specific “BlackhawksTalk PODCASTs” presented by Vivid Seats featuring Boyle (@CSN Boyle), Myers (@TramyersCSN), Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis/@CSNBlackhawks), and additional special guests.  All of CSN’s podcasts can be downloaded at and by simply subscribing to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

From a social media standpoint, CSN will also deliver a number of on-site Facebook Live ( ) interviews and special segments.  In addition, convention “Sights & Sounds” highlights will be provided via Snapchat (‘csnchicago’), along with additional coverage/photos/quick video offerings from ‘CSN Chicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Live.  Plus, fans can also get interactive with CSN’s “Blackhawks Convention” coverage throughout the weekend by utilizing the social media hashtag #BHC2017.  Fans are also urged to stop by CSN’s “Blackhawks Convention” booth this weekend to participate in games and activities for a chance to win special CSN giveaways, including tote bags, sunglasses, and fidget spinners (while supplies last). 

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks offense finally opens things up as Patrick Kane starts streaking

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks offense finally opens things up as Patrick Kane starts streaking

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the changes made to the Hawks defensive zone coverage (1:50) and Patrick Kane’s current points streak (7:30). They also discuss how most of the players that have been scratched recently have had bounce-back efforts (11:20), as well as the improved play of Erik Gustafsson (18:12) and both special teams units (20:16). Plus, the debut of “Checkpoint Charlie," where Charlie gives us a taste of life on the road and his encounter with Chris Rock’s brother (29:00).

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 


Blackhawks Talk Podcast


Jeremy Colliton explains schematic change and why Blackhawks made it

Jeremy Colliton explains schematic change and why Blackhawks made it

The Blackhawks made a schematic change after their four-game road trip and they've seen the benefits of it immediately. They're 2-0-1 in their past three games and have scored 12 goals over that stretch.

We broke down on Monday what changes were made systematically and how it has freed up the offense, but head coach Jeremy Colliton elaborated on it Tuesday and explained the reasoning behind the decision.

"All it is is, our weak side forward, we pushed him up higher in defensive zone coverage," Colliton said. "Before, we had four low a lot of times, to try and overload in certain situations. That's good, it gets you out of D-zone, but the problem is when you win the puck back, a lot of times you're very close together and it's harder to make clean plays, it's harder to exit with space to make plays. So we were having trouble entering the zone.

"There's been a lot of talk about how we have been dumping too many pucks in. Well, we're not trying to dump the puck in, but when you're attacking and you don't have numbers, you don't have space in behind, you have to, you're forced too. I think we're doing a much better job of getting from D-zone clean, because we have a forward a little bit higher, there's a little more space, it happens quicker. And then I think we've done a good job with the low three [of] someone jumping by and then we can create a little bit more space off the rush and we don't have to chip it in. We can enter clean, make some plays and I think the guys are doing very well."

Patrick Kane, who has erupted for seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past three games since the change, sees the change opening up more opportunities for the Blackhawks on offense.

"I think a lot of us probably stressed that there wasn't as much flow to it, for whatever reason that was," Kane said. "They made a change and all of a sudden it seems like we have more options coming out of our end, we have more motion, more speed coming out of our end, which is always a good thing."

The Blackhawks' dump-in rate, as Colliton noted, has been much higher this season and it’s noteworthy because they generated a lot of their offense off the rush last season from mid-December and on. But what we didn’t know was the exact reason why the Blackhawks altered the way they entered the offensive zone.

Aside from the obvious answer of cutting down on neutral zone turnovers and limiting the amount of odd-man rushes against, Colliton notes the Blackhawks were forced to dump it in more because they weren’t entering the zone with numbers. The defensive scheme didn’t really allow them to.

But with the recent fundamental change, the Blackhawks have more options to exit their own zone cleanly, pick up speed through the neutral zone and do what they do best: by carrying the puck in and having more freedom to create offense. It’s something the coaching staff and players discussed with each other, and the consensus is it will maximize the talent of this group.

"We kind of felt it was time," Colliton said. "I mean, we're always talking with them for sure and guys, they want to score more. They want to produce, guys want to make plays. And so we're just trying to find the balance. We want to continue to work on being good defensively, but we've got to score more than them. I think we can still hold onto those defensive gains we've made and score more goals."

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