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Defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks return to Playoffs action this week on CSN!

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Defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks return to Playoffs action this week on CSN!

First Round Coverage vs. St. Louis Blues Begins WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Apr. 13) beginning at 5:30 PM CT; Face-off at 8:30 PM featuring Hall of Famers Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call!

Comcast SportsNet to Air Games 1, 2 & 4 exclusively in the Chicago Market (Games 5-7 if nec. still TBD);

CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Blackhawks post-game press conference, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes video from team practices and post-game reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers 

“SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoff Preview” special airs TOMORROW NIGHT at 10:30 PM

Chicago, IL (April 11, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans the thrilling excitement of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with exclusive first round Western Conference Playoffs action as the Blackhawks take on the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues.  Comcast SportsNet will be the exclusive television home in the Chicago market to see Games 1 & 2 from Scottrade Center, along with Game 4 from the United Center.  Details regarding Games 5-7 (if nec.) are still TBD.  Plus, every Comcast SportsNet Stanley Cup Playoff game telecast will also be presented in a high-definition (HD) format.

Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage gets underway with Game 1 Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM CT with a special, Blackhawks-focused edition ofSportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan with live remote talkbacks from Scottrade Center.  Following SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, fans can look forward to a live Blackhawks Playoff Preview feature-driven special at 7:00 PM (hosted by Chris Boden with live hits from St. Louis), which leads into a special ONE-HOUR edition of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers at 7:30 PM with a complete Game 1 preview, analysis and interviews.  Opening face-off for Game 1 is set for 8:30 PM featuring Comcast SportsNet’s Hall of Fame Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the expert play-by-play and analysis, plus – Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer and CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will provide in-stadium reports throughout the first round for all CSN telecasts. Immediately following every playoff game, Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by HawkAuto.com will feature live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews. (Comcast SportsNet’s complete First Round coverage schedule is included in this release.)

TOMORROW NIGHT (Tue, Apr. 12) at 10:30 PM, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a Stanley Cup Playoffs primer with SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoff Preview.  This half-hour special, hosted by Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will provide a detailed, inside look at the Blackhawks vs. Blues first round match-up, a recap of every regular season battle against the Blues, along with the very latest player status updates, a recap of the regular season featuring key highlights, plus - player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.

Throughout the playoffs, viewers are also urged to tune in nightly to SportsNet Central(presented by GMC at 10:00 & 10:30PM and presented by CLR at midnight; times may vary due to airing of live events) for the most in-depth Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage, including game recaps, next game previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league. 

Also, throughout the playoffs, Comcast SportsNet’s comprehensive website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs content including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by HawkAuto.com) providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will be on-site -- for EVERY Blackhawks playoff game -- filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TramyersCSN throughout the playoffs.  In addition, Blackhawks digital reporter/producer Charlie Roumeliotis(@CRoumeliotis) will also provide Blackhawks opponent perspective/reports on days of home games, along with providing Blackhawks and NHL playoff reports/features on the beat with Myers.  Follow @CSNBlackhawks on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center. Fans are also urged to follow Eddie Olczyk (@EddieOlczyk), Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers), Pat Boyle(@CSNBoyle), and Luke Stuckmeyer (@LukeStuckmeyer) for even more Blackhawks/NHL insider coverage.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks playoff game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by HawkAuto.com.
  • “Blackhawks Pulse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag#HawksTalk. For additional 24/7 team updates on Twitter, fans are urged to follow@CSNBlackhawks.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Blackhawks push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BlackhawksTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BlackhawksTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, BearsTalk, ChiFireTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk, which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com, NBC Sports and ProHockeyTalk.com will also produce Blackhawks and NHL content in tandem this season, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
  • Yahoo: Via the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network digital alliance, CSNChicago.com’s Blackhawks content will be available via sports.yahoo.com.
  • Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage on CSNChicago.com is presented by Toyota.
  • CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the playoffs to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization. 

Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on Comcast SportsNet:

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES on COMCAST SPORTSNET 

Game 1: Wed, April 13, 8:30 PM – Blackhawks at Blues (Scottrade Center)

(NOTES: Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage on Comcast SportsNet begins at 5:30 PM with a special Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan (also airing on CSN+HD), which will be followed by SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM; Blackhawks Playoffs Preview at 7:00 PM, leading into Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:30 PM & Blackhawks Postgame Live will immediately follow the game. An expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage follows Postgame Live; game replay at 12:30 AM)

-- ADDITIONAL BLACKHAWKS NOTE:  Game 1 will also be joined in progress on CSN+ immediately following Cubs Postgame Live (viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

-- IMPORTANT BULLS NOTE:  The Bulls vs. Philadelphia game (LIVE STREAM available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports Live Extra app) will now move to CSN+2, which can be found on NBC Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel Cozi TV on Comcast/Xfinity cable systems throughout the Chicago area on ch. 341; Cozi TV is also available on RCN ch. 50, Mediacom ch. 105, WOW ch. 130, AT&T U-verse ch. 695/1695 HD; in addition, viewers can watch this game on DIRECTV ch. 665-2/665-2 HD among others (coverage begins at 6:30 PM with tip-off at 7:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+2 channel location in their area).

Game 2: Fri, April 15, 7:00 PM – Blackhawks at Blues (Scottrade Center)

(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 5:00 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:00 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Liveat 6:30 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game; followed by an expanded edition ofSportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 11:00 PM on CSN+HD)

-- ADDITIONAL BLACKHAWKS NOTE:  Game 2 will also be joined in progress on CSN+ immediately following the White Sox at Tampa Bay game (viewers urged to visitCSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox at Tampa Bay game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (first pitch at 6:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area).

* Game 3: Sun, April 17 at approx. 4:30 PM – ‘Blackhawks Post Game Live’ on Comcast SportsNet

Game 4: Tue, April 19, 8:30 PM – Blackhawks vs. Blues (United Center)

(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 5:00 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:00 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Liveat 8:00 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game –both shows live from the United Center; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM on CSN)

-- IMPORTANT CUBS NOTE:  The Cubs at St. Louis game (coverage begins at 6:30 PM) will air on the both the main CSN channel location and CSN+/CSN+HD from 7:00-8:00 PM.  At 8:00 PM, the game will move exclusively to CSN+/CSN+HD for the remainder of the telecast. Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area.

* Game 5:  Thu, April 21 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at Blues (Scottrade Center) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 6:  Sat, April 23 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks vs. Blues (United Center) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 7:  Mon, April 25 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at Blues (Scottrade Center) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

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Blackhawks mailbag: Trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20

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Blackhawks mailbag: Trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20

Every Friday this offseason, Charlie Roumeliotis will look to answer your Blackhawks and hockey-related questions. Be sure to chime in using the hashtag #HawksMailbag on Twitter for a chance to have your question answered in the next edition.

Based off of your conversations with Craig Button, Mark Kelley, Mark Eaton, etc. [on the Hawks Talk Podcast] which draft prospect makes the most sense to take at number 3?

Hey Charlie! Who do you believe the Blackhawks are gonna pick third overall and why?

We're almost a month away from the NHL Draft in Vancouver and the Blackhawks have had more than five weeks to prepare for who they might take at No. 3 overall. The organization held scouting meetings in the first week of May and Blackhawks Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley joined the Hawks Talk Podcast and touched on whether they're leaning a certain direction yet.

"We don't," he said. "Stan [Bowman] and I, we haven't even asked that question of each other. I think we both trust the process."

The Blackhawks have conducted most of their on-ice research at this point. Now it's more about gathering second and third layer information and diving into their personal backgrounds, which they will do at the NHL Scouting Combine from May 27-June 1 in Buffalo when they sit down and interview all the top prospects.

But getting back to the original question(s): If we had to narrow the field right now, 17-year-old standout defenseman Bowen Byram and USA star center and Illinois native Alex Turcotte might be separating themselves as the favorites to be taken at No. 3. Byram is as complete of a defenseman as they come and Turcotte is a potential future first-line two-way center. Both of those players would make sense for different reasons.

Hi Charlie! Could Hawks get a dman and/or top 9 forward through trade from a cap troubled team like Lightning, Pittsburgh instead of potential overpaying a free agent?

There are always pros and cons to everything. In free agency, there's the risk of overpaying and being locked into a long-term contract that could make life challenging in a salary cap world. On the flip side, dipping into the trade market means you have to give up assets. 

The Blackhawks have spent the past three years trying to replenish their farm system because they spent the previous decade using that ammo to go for it all. The only way it makes sense for the Blackhawks to acquire a top-four defenseman or top-six forward is if it's for a player that could impact the team in both the short term and long term, and is on an affordable long-term contract.

That being said, the Blackhawks should absolutely explore what's out there because there's an urgency to get things turned around as soon as possible.

With the signing of Dahlstrom & Koekkoek and the expected signing of Forsling, do you think the Blackhawks make a trade involving a defenseman before the draft? Especially with all the recent hype of Bowen Byram. Seems like there are more expendable dmen than ever right now.

If the Blackhawks believe Byram is the best player available at No. 3, they will take him and "worry" about the logjam of defensemen prospects the next day. Even if they don't draft Byram, it's hard to see a path for their Big Four blue line chips (Nicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell) to break in around the same time — or with the team, at all — simply because the math doesn't work. There aren't enough roster spots available.

We're of the mindset that the Blackhawks should continue to develop them under their own roof because their value increases as they become more NHL ready and if they're developed properly. If they see a deal that benefits the team now and four-plus years from now, the Blackhawks will pull the trigger on something like that if or whenever it ever crosses their desk. Whether that could come before or after the draft, who knows.

1) Was Toews not invited to play for Team Canada or did he decline? 

2) Can Kane and DeBrincat help USA to Gold this year? 

3) Any chance or rumors of draft day trades? Up or down?

Brandon,

1) Team Canada likely reached out, but Jonathan Toews has accomplished everything there is to internationally so it's completely understandable if he respectfully passed on the opportunity. Two Olympic gold medals, two gold medals at the World Junior Championships, a gold medal at the World Cup and another gold at the IIHF World Championship. He's paid his dues. And at 31 years old, rest and recovery are more important than adding more mileage on his body.

2) This is probably the deepest team USA has fielded. And it started with Patrick Kane committing as captain for the second straight year. They have the center depth (Jack Eichel, Dylan Larkin, Jack Hughes and Luke Glendening), high-end defensemen (Noah Hanifin, Quinn Hughes, Ryan Suter and Zach Werenski) and firepower on the wing (Alex DeBrincat, Johnny Gaudreau, Kane and James van Riemsdyk) to make a deep run. The biggest question mark is whether or not their goaltending (Thatcher Demko and Cory Schneider) can hold up their end of the bargain. 

3) It's safe to say there is less than a 1 percent chance that the Blackhawks trade up from No. 3. The Devils are trying to re-sign Taylor Hall and trading out of the No. 1 spot and losing out on Jack Hughes would be inexcusable. And the Rangers, who hold the No. 2 pick and are expected to have their hand in some marquee free agents this summer, could speed up their rebuilding process by adding Kaapo Kakko, who's dominating the IIHF World Championship right now.

Trading back, although unlikely, is an interesting possibility and one to consider only if you're fixated on a player and can guarantee that he'll still be on the board a couple picks later. The other part of the equation is finding a team that's hungry enough to both jump up and give up the assets to do it. But we shouldn't spend too much time on this. It would take a lot for the Blackhawks to want to move out of No. 3 in general.

Will the Hawks be a playoff team this year?

The Blackhawks missed the playoffs this season by only six points despite everything that went on: a midseason coaching change, Corey Crawford missing action with another concussion and two eight-game losing streaks. But that may have been more about the top-heavy Western Conference, with the Colorado Avalanche securing the second wildcard spot at 90 points. The bar will likely be heightened next season.

If the Blackhawks want to avoid a three-year playoff drought, things need to change, such as overall possession numbers, team defense and the penalty kill. And if they play their cards right this summer, it can: No. 3 overall pick, financial flexibility they haven't had before with Bowman in charge and a full training camp under head coach Jeremy Colliton to get on the same page.

The Blackhawks also need teams above them to take a step back, which is possible when you factor in the question marks surrounding Nashville and Winnipeg in the Central Division after first-round exits this spring. Every year there are surprises in this category. That's hockey.

Early prediction: Playoff hockey will return to Chicago next season.

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Blues' 'Gloria' is reminiscent of White Sox with 'Don't Stop Believin'' and Blackhawks with 'Chelsea Dagger'

Blues' 'Gloria' is reminiscent of White Sox with 'Don't Stop Believin'' and Blackhawks with 'Chelsea Dagger'

Sports and music have always had a great friendship, as long as you don’t bring up that whole “Disco Demolition Night” on the South Side back in 1979.

The St. Louis Blues are the latest team to adopt a somewhat obscure song, “Gloria,” in hopes of playing it on a loop until the championship parade is over.

The Blues decision to go with Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit sounds eerily similar to how the White Sox landed on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” back in 2005. A handful of players go to a bar, a song from three decades earlier plays with nearly everyone in the establishment singing a long and – bingo - you have your team anthem.

It got me thinking about how the Blackhawks landed on "Chelsea Dagger" and the soundtrack for three Stanley Cup championships?

This relationship did not start in a bar. It actually began at Madison Square Garden, where the Blackhawks opened the 2008-09 season.

John McDonough and Jay Blunk listened to the Rangers “goal song” four times that night and asked team employees if the Blackhawks needed a signature song, too.

The overwhelming response was “yes” and the task to find the Blackhawks jam was on.

The Blackhawks version of American Idol judges were team employees Pete Hassen, Ben Broder and intern Matt Benjamin.  No fancy studio for this trio.  They were driving in Hassen’s car when Benjamin alerted the group to the Fratelli’s song, Chelsea Dagger.

It was met with mixed reviews in the car, but it made the final three tunes they considered, along with a song from Gwen Stefani and Fall Out Boy.

The Blackhawks had been using Joe Satriani’s, “Crowd Chant” as their main goal song, with some specialty tunes for Jonathan Toews ("Johnny B. Goode"), Patrick Kane ("Rock You Like a Hurricane") and Patrick Sharp ("Sharp Dressed Man").

Game operations began working “Chelsea Dagger” into their goal song playlist. The reaction from the United Center faithful was extremely positive. Fans were dancing in the aisles and singing along with the “do, do, do-do…do, do-do” chorus.

By the start of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Chelsea Dagger was the only goal song for the Blackhawks. The tune has harmonized perfectly the past decade with hundreds of thrilling goals and championship runs. All thanks to a former team intern’s, one-hit wonder.

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