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CSN to deliver a rare three games in one night scenario on Wednesday, April 13

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CSN to deliver a rare three games in one night scenario on Wednesday, April 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs: BLACKHAWKS at St. Louis (Game 1) – 8:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet

MLB Baseball: CUBS vs. Cincinnati – 7:00 PM on CSN+

NBA Basketball: BULLS vs. Philadelphia – 7:00 PM on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra/CSN+2

(NOTE: CSN+2 can be found on NBC Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel, Cozi TV)  

Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel locations in their area

Chicago, IL (April 12, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be presenting viewers with a rare scenario TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed, Apr. 13), as the network will be airing three, LIVE professional events in one evening that will be airing simultaneously on three separate channels during primetime.  For this unique occurrence, Comcast SportsNet is urging viewers to visit the network’s website, CSNChicago.com, for an easy-to-find channel locations page (http://www.csnchicago.com/channel-finder ) where viewers can simply punch in their zip code to find the exact channel location of EVERY game airing on this special day of sports programming. 

“Wednesday night will most definitely be a unique experience for both our network and our viewers with three live games airing simultaneously on three separate channels,” said Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “I’d like to thank our sister station NBC 5 and their President/General Manager David Doebler for their assistance in making their digital channel, ‘Cozi TV,’ available for our CSN+2 Bulls telecast.”

Note the following channel information and additional details for Comcast SportsNet’s three simultaneous live professional game telecasts on Wednesday, April 13:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – COMCAST SPORTSNET

8:30 PM CT – BLACKHAWKS at St. Louis (Rd. 1, Gm. 1) will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location (featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk on the game call)

  • A special one-hour edition of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will begin at 7:30 PM…Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by HawkAuto.com airs immediately following the game.
  • NOTE: This game will also be joined in progress on CSN+ immediately following Cubs Postgame Live (viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

CHICAGO CUBS BASEBALL – CSN+

7:00 PM CT – CUBS vs. Cincinnati will air LIVE on CSN+ (featuring Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the game call)

  • Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth will begin at 6:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field…Cubs Postgame Livepresented by BlueCross BlueSheild of Illinois airs immediately following the game on CSN+, also taking place at Wrigley Field.
  • This CSN+ telecast is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among othersviewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL – CSN+2/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra

7:00 PM – BULLS vs. Philadelphia will air LIVE on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra app and CSN+2(featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the game call)

  • LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE to authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers via CSNChicago.com or by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
  • This special “CSN+2” game can found on NBC 5 Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel Cozi TV on Comcast Cable systems throughout the Chicago area on ch. 341; Cozi TV is also available on RCN ch. 50, Mediacom ch. 105 and WOW ch. 130…in addition, this CSN+2 Bulls telecast can be found on AT&T U-verse ch. 695/1695 HD, DIRECTV ch. 665-2/665-2 HD and DISH Network ch. 459…viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+2 channel location in their area.
  • Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light with hosts Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue will begin at 6:30 PM LIVE from the United Center…Kia Bulls Postgame Live, also from the United Center, airs immediately following the game.

Blackhawks and Blue Jackets both going through own challenges of Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad trade

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Blackhawks and Blue Jackets both going through own challenges of Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad trade

The Blackhawks and Blue Jackets blockbuster trade from the 2017 offseason is always a hot topic in Chicago when things aren't going great. It especially is when the two teams square off against each other, like Saturday at Nationwide Arena for the first time this season.

If it wasn't already apparent in Chicago, Artemi Panarin has emerged as a real NHL superstar and is set for a giant payday when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019. He set a Blue Jackets record with 82 points in a single season and has nine points (three goals, six assists) through six games this season.

Brandon Saad, on the other hand, had a challenging first year back with the Blackhawks in 2017-18 after netting only 35 points in 82 games and is off to a slow start this year as well with zero goals and two assists through six games. After a demotion to the fourth line, he was close to being a healthy scratch on Thursday, which only magnifies where things are at as the two get ready to clash.

But Saad was never going to be able to replace Panarin's offensive production. Everybody knows that. Yet, the offensive comparisons will always be there as a barometer and that's something Saad doesn't think about, no matter how much fans talk about it.

"I don't think I do it," he said. "We're different players. He's a great player. Fans are going to do whatever comparisons they want, but at the end of the day you've got to be true to yourself and do what you bring to the table. He's a great player around the league. You can see his highlights and his goals, he's definitely a special player. But at the end of the day I've got confidence in my abilities too. We both bring different attributes, but they're going to make comparisons regardless."

A big reason why the Blackhawks reacquired Saad, other than his ability to play a 200-foot game, is because he carries a $6 million cap hit through 2020-21, which is two years more than Panarin at the same cap hit. (It's also important to note that the Blackhawks hoped they were getting a reliable, young backup goaltender in Anton Forsberg, but the injury to Corey Crawford thrust him into a role he wasn't exactly prepared for.)

It's not all rainbows for Columbus right now regarding where things stand with Panarin, who has made it clear he's not ready to sign a long-term extension. All signs point to the 26-year-old winger hitting the market, putting the Blue Jackets in a tricky situation ahead of the trade deadline. The Blackhawks very well could have found themselves in this position, too, had a deal not been made.

Both sides are dealing with their own challenges of the trade. Saad is still a key piece to the Blackhawks' puzzle and they're hoping to get more out of him, for no other reason than the team's overall success.

"You want to have success regardless of who you're playing for, who you're traded for, things like that," Saad said. "Naturally, just as competitors, you want to bring that excitement and you want to have success with the team and personally."

Anthony Duclair regrets not making most of opportunity with Blackhawks

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Anthony Duclair regrets not making most of opportunity with Blackhawks

Anthony Duclair knew what kind of opportunity he had in front of him when he was traded to the Blackhawks in January. The first day he stepped into the locker room, he admitted he was a little "star-struck."

But the marriage didn't last very long. 

After recording only two goals and eight assists in 23 games, the Blackhawks chose to move on from the restricted free agent by not extending a qualifying offer. Duclair later latched on with the Columbus Blue Jackets on a one-year, $650,000 "prove-it" deal.

"I wasn't surprised," Duclair said before Saturday's game against his former team. "I knew that I didn't perform as well as I did when I was there. I think I was there for only 20 games and didn't live up to the standards. As soon as I didn't hear anything from my agent I sort of got the message. But it was time to move on."

Duclair made no excuses for what went wrong in Chicago and accepted responsibility for not taking advantage of his opportunity, even though a leg injury sidelined him for the final month that prevented him from giving the Blackhawks a larger sample size.

"I just didn't perform well," he said. "It's going to be one of my regrets, to get that opportunity in Chicago and not perform in the way I did. It was something I had to look in the mirror this summer and move on obviously, but at the same time whenever a team comes next I think I'm going to take that opportunity and run away with it."

It's obvious that Duclair's got the potential to be an effective offensive player in the NHL. But we've only seen that in flashes, which is a large reason why it didn't work out in Chicago and why, entering his fifth season in the league, he still finds himself trying to play for a long-term contract.

"Just being more consistent," Duclair said. "Thats comes up a lot and my agents talks to a couple GMs around the league and it's something I'm trying to work on. It's not something you can work on in the summer, it's more preparing mentally and physically and that's what I've been trying to do."

So far, so good in Columbus.

Duclair has two goals and two assists through six games and is averaging 15:22 of ice time playing in a top-six role, on track to shatter his previous career high in that category (14:23) when he did so as a sophomore in 2015-16 with Arizona. He even made headlines on Thursday after scoring a highlight-reel goal against the Philadelphia Flyers, saying his "phone blew up quite a bit."

How he scored it is what stood out and his perspective after it is encouraging for his overall growth, as well.

"I've already put it behind me to be honest with you," Duclair said. "I'm just focused on Chicago now. I want to be consistent throughout every shift. Look at that goal, [it was] second and third efforts. That's what I want to bring to the table every shift, especially with the guys I'm playing right now. I just want to be having the puck whenever you can and being big on the forecheck."