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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 assign Anton Forsberg to Rockford after clearing waivers

Blackhawks assign Anton Forsberg to Rockford after clearing waivers

Anton Forsberg cleared waivers on Tuesday morning and was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League.

That's good news for the Blackhawks organizational depth chart, with Forsberg as the No. 3 in goal. But it also complicates things in Rockford, where Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen have been sharing the duties.

Delia is 3-1-0 with a 3.26 goals against average and .910 save percentage while Lankinen is 0-1-1 with a 3.39 GAA and .825 save percentage. Perhaps the most likely scenario is Lankinen gets sent to the ECHL with the Indy Fuel while Delia and Forsberg split the load in Rockford.

It's certainly a good problem to have, but it's still unclear how that dynamic will play out.

"We haven’t talked about that," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But we expect [Forsberg] to play."

Luke Johnson recalled

With a spot opening up on the 23-man roster, Johnson is being brought back up after he was squeezed out by Corey Crawford's return. He had a goal and an assist in two games with Rockford.

Brandon Saad returns to top-six role

After turning in arguably his best performance of the season on Sunday, Saad is back playing on the second line with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane. He had seven shot attempts (three on goal) against Tampa Bay and led the team in 5-on-5 possession numbers.

"[Saad] is coming off a game where we liked what we saw," Quenneville said. "Playing with Kaner can help him get going."

Nick Schmaltz to play right side for first time in NHL career

Eight games into the season and Schmaltz has spent time at both center and left wing. Now he'll get a look on the right side with Alexandre Fortin on the left and David Kampf centering the third line.

Part of the reason for Schmaltz’s move to the right side was because Quenneville said they like Fortin on the left. It's not unfamiliar territory for Schmaltz, but could take some time getting used to.

"I played a little while back, not sure when," Schmaltz said "Just a little bit different. Catching pucks on your forehand now instead of your backhand. It's not a huge adjustment, just play with speed and compete hard and hopefully the skill on our line will take over."

Evaluating Blackhawks options after Anton Forsberg is placed on waivers

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Evaluating Blackhawks options after Anton Forsberg is placed on waivers

The Blackhawks have said all along that they don't plan on carrying three goaltenders, but wanted to do so during the three games in four days stretch just in case, with Corey Crawford coming back from a 10-month layoff because of a concussion.

After being encouraged by how Crawford has responded to his return, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Anton Forsberg on waivers Monday morning. Teams have 24 hours to put in a claim for the 25-year-old goaltender and would have to keep him on their NHL roster for 10 games and/or 30 days before he's eligible to go through the waiver process again.

His chances of getting claimed by any of the other 30 teams essentially depends on which teams believe Forsberg would be an immediate upgrade over their current backup — or starter, for that matter — or whether there's an injury to one of the team's two goaltenders that requires a placeholder, like we saw the Carolina Hurricanes do by claiming Curtis McElhinney from the Toronto Maple Leafs after Scott Darling's injury in the preseason.

If Forsberg goes unclaimed, the Blackhawks can assign him to the American Hockey League with the Rockford IceHogs. With Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen sharing the goaltending duties in Rockford, it's possible Lankinen gets sent to the Indy Fuel in the ECHL to get consistent starts under his belt.

A third option, one that isn't very common but we've seen in the past as recently as last October with Maple Leafs goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo, is that Forsberg can be loaned to any AHL team while still being a part of the Blackhawks organization. This would allow the Blackhawks to keep Delia and Lankinen in Rockford while Forsberg gets his starts in the AHL, too.

Or, the Blackhawks could simply trade Forsberg to another NHL team that could stash him in the AHL, as long as he clears waivers. They did it last season with Chris DiDomenico, who cleared waivers as a member of the Ottawa Senators but was then traded to Chicago for Ville Pokka days later. Had DiDomenico been claimed by the Blackhawks, he would have had to stay on the NHL roster as noted above.

Forsberg was 10-16-4 with a 2.97 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 35 appearances last season but has not appeared in a game yet this year. He was acquired as part of the Brandon Saad package for Artemi Panarin in June 2017.