Winter Classic Alumni Game: Blackhawks vs. Blues on CSN

Winter Classic Alumni Game: Blackhawks vs. Blues on CSN

Before the Blackhawks and Blues go head-to-head on Jan. 2 in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, alumni from both sides will collide at Busch Stadium in the annual Alumni Game.

Here's what you need to know:

How to watch:

— CSN will have you covered beginning at 1:30 p.m. (Live streaming will NOT be available). You can catch a re-air of the game at 7 p.m. on CSN+ (Channel finder here).

— FOX Sports Midwest’s Blues TV announcer John Kelly will handle the play-by-play duties alongside NHL Network's Mike Rupp, who will serve as the color analyst. CSN's Pat Boyle will provide in-game, rink side reporters and player interviews from the Blackhawks bench.

Who's playing?

Blackhawks roster: Adrian Aucoin, Murray Bannerman, Adam Burish, Kyle Calder, Daniel Carcillo, Jim Cummins, Eric Daze, Ben Eager, Reggie Kerr, Steve Konroyd, Dave Mackey, Jamal Mayers, Grant Mulvey, Troy Murray, Brian Noonan, Jack O’Callahan, Darren Pang, Steve Poapst, Reid Simpson, Brent Sopel, Jimmy Waite 

Blackhawks coaching staff: Tony Esposito, Cliff Koroll

Blues roster: Bruce Affleck, Martin Brodeur, Jeff Brown, Garth Butcher, Gino Cavallini, Paul Cavallini, Kelly Chase, Dallas Drake, Bernie Federko, Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Barret Jackman, Mike Liut, Al MacInnis, Chris Mason, Scott Mellanby, Adam Oates, Larry Patey, Chris Pronger, Jamie Rivers, Bryce Salvador, Ed Staniowski, Peter Stastny, Keith Tkachuk, Pierre Turgeon, Terry Yake, Scott Young

Blues coaching staff: Red Berenson, Bob Plager, Brian Sutter, Gary Unger

A few storylines:

— The biggest name participating in the event is Wayne Gretzky, also known as "The Great One." He's the NHL's all-time leading scorer with 2,857 points. Gretzky's stint with the Blues was brief, playing in only 18 games during the 1995-96 campaign after being traded to St. Louis midseason by Los Angeles.

— CSN hockey analysts Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers will be among the former Blackhawks suiting up. Konroyd scored 10 goals and added 47 assists in 251 regular-season games with Chicago and helped the team reach the Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers in 1989-90.

Mayers was drafted by the Blues in the fourth round (No. 89 overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft, and spent 10 seasons in St. Louis, but won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. He compiled 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 100 regular-season games across two seasons with Chicago.

— Darren Pang currently serves as the color commentator for the Blues, and has been in that role since 2009. On Saturday though, he'll return to the other side of the rivalry. Pang signed with the Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent in August 1984, and broke through with Chicago four years later when he played in 45 games. He also set a franchise record with six assists during the 1987-88 season. To add some flavor to the game, Pang will be one of a handful of players that will be mic'd up throughout Saturday's alumni game.

Winter Classic information:

Throughout the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2,'s "Blackhawks Talk" section will be presenting extensive coverage of all the surrounding festivities with up-to-the-minute reports from Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) and via’s Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN), along with comprehensive pre/post-game reports from Blackhawks digital reporter Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis). 

The game between the Blackhawks and Blues will be carried live on NBC with live opening faceoff coverage beginning at 12 p.m. CSN will provide complete post-game coverage details, highlights, interviews, and much more later that evening on SportsTalk Live at 5:30 p.m. and In the Loop at 6 p.m.

From a social media standpoint, fans are urged to follow the network’s Blackhawks Twitter account (@CSNBlackhawks) and the network’s primary Twitter home (@CSNChicago) for up-to-the-second gamedetails, clips, photos, and more. Plus, fans also get interactive during the game by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.

All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8


All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8

On Sunday, NBC Sports announced an all-female crew will broadcast and produce coverage for March 8's Blackhawks vs. Blues contest at the United Center.

The broadcast will coincide with International Women’s Day and mark the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

Kate Scott will handle play-by-play duties, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne-Schofield will serve as the "inside the glass" analyst and AJ Mleczko - also a gold medalist with the U.S. - will work as an analyst from the game in Chicago. 

Back in the studio, Kathryn Tappen will anchor with three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jen Botterill on hand. Producer Rene Hatlelid and director Lisa Seltzer will lead game production.

From NBC Sports' release:

"The first-of-its-kind broadcast will be in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, which dates back over 100 years. Throughout the broadcast there will be nods to those who have made their mark on women’s hockey, and sports in general, with the hopes to inspire future generations of women to excel on the ice and behind the scenes."

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Snake-bitten Blackhawks light the lamp Saturday

Snake-bitten Blackhawks light the lamp Saturday

Three unlikely heroes emerged in Calgary on Saturday night to help the Blackhawks find some footing near the end of their five-game road trip (currently 1-3-0) that wraps up Sunday in Winnipeg.

Blackhawks rookie center Kirby Dach hadn't scored a goal in six games; Alex DeBrincat had one marker in his last nine after finishing last season with 41; Alex Nylander had one goal in his past 17 contests.

The trio bounced back against the Flames to help the Hawks to an 8-4 victory.

Nylander scored twice, and DeBrincat and Dach each had a goal.

"It’s a learning process for us that [haven't] been through this," Nylander said after the game. "And we are lucky that we have these vets that are on our team that can help us and see that something like this in the season happens."

Related: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary

Of all the Hawks who have gone cold this season, the most surprising was DeBrincat, who posted 41 goals last season and 28 as a rookie the year prior.

"I've been fighting with the puck a little bit too much," he said. "Even today, I didn't really play that well, but finally got rewarded."

Six points out of a playoff spot, having the three forwards off the schneid could be a big factor in the Hawks putting a streak together to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"Those guys, they have the ability to chip in for us offensively and if they can do that it's going to make a big difference for us," Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said of the three. "Ultimately, it comes down to their work ethic away from the puck."

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews felt Dach, DeBrincat and Nylander gave the Hawks a much-needed lift on Saturday.

"For guys like that and the way they think, the way they play the game, their skillset, scoring goals gives you a ton of energy, it gives you a lift," Toews said. "It's nice to see them get a few and see a few pucks go in.

"I think even if you're just on the ice, you have nothing to do with the play, just to be around goals is infectious. So it's nice to see those guys make those plays as a result of their hard work and it's an incentive to keep doing the same thing."

Hopefully the goal infection spreads for the Hawks. Despite being six points out of the playoffs, Chicago has three games in hand on the Arizona Coyotes, who occupy the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

With 24 games remaining, scoring contributions will have to come from across the board for the Blackhawks to go on a successful run to secure a playoff spot.

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