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

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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 CSNChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

Complete Blackhawks Convention coverage throughout the weekend on CSNChicago.com’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 & CSNChicago.com 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 CSNChicago.com/WatchLive 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 CSNChicago.com’s BlackhawksTalk section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more to be provided via Myers, CSNChicago.com 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 CSNChicago.com/podcasts 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 (https://www.facebook.com/CSNChicago/ ) 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). 

Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Sunday afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers released their Phase 3 training camp roster. Training camps begin on Monday for teams competing in the NHL's 24-team playoffs under the league's Return To Play program. 

The Blackhawks, who were at No. 12 in the Western Conference at the time of the NHL pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will face the No. 5 Oilers starting Aug. 1 at Edmonton in a best-of-five qualifying round. 

Related: Oiler's Mike Green opts out of NHL's Return To Play program

Edmonton invited 33 players to attend their Return To Play camp.

Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl headline the team's roster. Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith are among the five goalies listed.

Western Conference teams will head to Edmonton's ICE District hub to prepare for the postseason tournament on July 26.

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How Blackhawks' Corey Crawford's career prepared him for Oilers series

How Blackhawks' Corey Crawford's career prepared him for Oilers series

When the Blackhawks signed Vezina trophy finalist Robin Lehner to a one-year deal last offseason, many thought that would be it for Corey Crawford. They thought Lehner would run away as the No. 1 goalie in Chicago and Crawford would disappear.

Those who still doubt Crawford, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Hawks, haven't watched his career very closely. 

Just as he battled to lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2015 after suffering an off-ice lower-body injury and just as he battled back to be a reliable last line of defense after multiple concussions the last couple seasons, he battled for the Hawks' net this season. 

Related: How will long layoff affect goalies in NHL's 24-team postseason?

NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes thinks it's that experience of battling and repeatedly finding his game after long layoffs from injuries that could make him a dangerous opponent for the Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five qualifying round in the NHL's 24-team postseason kicking off Aug. 1 at Edmonton, assuming Crawford is the Hawks' starting goalie. The Blackhawks begin their training camp for the postseason on Monday.

"For somebody that hasn't gone through (injuries) before, there's so many unknowns and then maybe there's question marks and the mental elevator starts creeping up at times in ways that aren't helpful," Weekes, a former NHL goalie, told NBC Sports Chicago over the phone. "But the fact that he's had that experience in battling back from injury and coming back a long way and having extended layoffs, this isn't foreign to him. 

"So in that respect, it should be beneficial in a weird way and also give him the chance to heal up and rest up even more by way of this extended pause. I think that those things play in his favor. Those things should be playing in his favor for sure."

Related: How Blackhawks can beat Oilers with 'wealth of success' in qualifying round

This year, Crawford competed hard for the No. 1 goalie role. Leading up to the NHL pause on March 12, he had made 39 starts (16-20-3) and had a goals-against average of 2.77 with a .917 save percentage before the Hawks traded Lehner to the Vegas Golden Knights ahead of the trade deadline. With the Blackhawks, Lehner made 31 starts (16-10-5) and had a goals-against average of 3.01 and a .918 save percentage. Both tenders' numbers were hurt by an often struggling Hawks defense this year.

"I've always been a huge advocate of Crow. Crow's had an excellent run in Chicago," Weekes said. "I think the biggest challenge for him, which we all know, which isn't a state secret, (there's) just been some health challenges and he always battles back. Crow's a guy that'll battle and he's been able to come a long way back and rediscover his game, which is hard to do after layoffs, let alone multiple ones. 

"And I think this year, once he got back, talking to their goalie coach in Jimmy Waite and you got to credit Jimmy because he's put in so much work to be able to regroup Crow, numerous times. So this season specifically, when he first started, it was a little bit of a slow start as expected because he had such an extended layoff. 

Related: What's Blackhawks' key to victory over Oilers in NHL play-in series?

"But, I really think with them having Robin Lehner, it really helped because they didn't have to throw Crow right into the fire. And then Crow hit his stride and he's playing really well. ... He's played really well, coming down the stretch he looked excellent as well and that's great news for the Hawks because they're going to need him, especially in a shorter series in this play-in round against Edmonton and the fact that Crow has the experience that he does, he's played in huge games. 

"He's played in, obviously, Stanley Cup (finals). He's a winner, he's not afraid of the big stage. He's not afraid to play in a place like Chicago, he thrives on that and not to mention, internationally for Team Canada. I think where they're concerned, as far as his ability and his talent, he just looks like himself right now, which is great news for the Hawks and I know that his teammates have a lot of confidence in him so as long as he's able to... I know he's been on the ice, as long as he's healthy and feeling good they've got a good shot because he's been there before and he's done it before. 

"It's a unique opportunity for him and for his team, but he can lean on that experience of having played in big spots like the Stanley Cup Final and playoffs for years. That could be an advantage for the Hawks actually in that respect."

It's not clear who will start in net yet for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen was 18-13-3 this year with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage and Mike Smith was 19-12-6 with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Although some of their numbers may measure up to Crawford's, neither goalie's journey can compare to his.

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