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CSN announces its 2015-16 defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on-air/online season coverage details

CSN announces its 2015-16 defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on-air/online season coverage details

CSN’s 50 regular season game schedule – featuring Hall of Famers Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk – begins with the 2015-16 ROAD OPENER on Friday, Oct. 9 at NY Islanders;

First of four pre-season telecasts airs on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Detroit on CSN+;

Plus – Live Pre/Post-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on ‘SportsNet Central’ highlight 2015-16 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences,

“Blackhawks Pulse” Social Media Center, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more! 

“SportsNet Central” to provide special training camp coverage from South Bend beginning this Friday!

Chicago, IL (September 15, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 50 live regular season Blackhawks games (23 home, 27 away), along with four pre-season games, in-depth pre/post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 24/7 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway with the ROAD OPENER against the New York Islanders on Friday, October 9 beginning at 6:00 PM CT with Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live (featuring hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers).  Face-off will take place at 6:30 PM featuring the “Hall of Fame” duo of Pat Foley (2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner) and Eddie Olczyk (inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012) calling the game action LIVE from the Islanders new home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  HawkAuto.com Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately follows the game featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.  Plus – CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Blackhawks Pre/Postgame Live and during home game telecasts.   

Beginning this Friday, September 18, Boyle and Myers will also provide special, expanded Blackhawks Training Camp coverage from the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN for all editions of SportsNet Central, featuring practice highlights and interviews with players, coaches and front office personnel. 

In addition to 50 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also carry four pre-season telecasts beginning Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM, as the Blackhawks travel to face their “Original Six” rival, the Detroit Red Wings.  In addition, the network will carry pre-season games at Montreal (Fri, Sept. 25 at 6:30 PM), at St. Louis (Thu, Oct. 1 at 7:00 PM), along with a home game vs. Dallas (Sat, Oct. 3 at 7:30 PM).  IMPORTANT NOTE: All four Blackhawks pre-season games will air on CSN+; fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s channel finder section (csnchicago.com/channel-finder) for a complete listing of CSN+ and CSN+HD channel locations.  

Top highlights on this year’s 50-game Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks regular season schedule include 33 games against Western Conference foes, including 20 Central Division match-ups against rivals Nashville (five games), Dallas (four games), Winnipeg (four games), Minnesota (three games), Colorado (three games), and the final home game of the regular season vs. St. Louis.  Among the key match-ups on this season’s Blackhawks telecast schedule on CSN include a pair of home games against Los Angeles (Nov. 2 & Mar. 14), a road battle against Pittsburgh (Jan. 5), back-to-back “Original Six” road games at Montreal and Toronto (Jan. 14 & 15), a 2015 Stanley Cup Final re-match at Tampa Bay (Jan. 21), and the team’s only home game against Detroit (Mar. 6).  (NOTE: Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2015-16 pre-season & regular season Blackhawks schedule appears at the end of this release).

For the eighth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks star/Chicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long.  SportsNet Central’s Luke Stuckmeyer will be the primary on-site reporter for Blackhawks home game telecasts this season.  Also, for his 11th-straight year on CSN, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live and HawkAuto.com Blackhawks Postgame Live, joining studio host Pat Boyle for the fourth-straight season.  In addition, former Blackhawks center/current Blackhawks Community Liaison Jamal Mayers will also make a number of select appearances throughout the season on both shows.

Every Blackhawks game telecast on Comcast SportsNet this season will be preceded by Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evening’s match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL.  In addition on weeknights, fans can look forward to extensive Blackhawks pre-game discussion on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  SportsTalk Live, hosted by David Kaplan,will also be the place to hear from numerous Blackhawks/NHL experts all season long.

Immediately following every Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecast, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on HawkAuto.com Blackhawks Postgame Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players.  Following the majority of Hawk Ford Blackhawks Postgame Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM and/or the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news. 

In addition to the four pre-season telecasts, three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus (see attached schedule).  Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ 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 others; viewers 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. 

From a digital/online perspective, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 24/7 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following EVERY home game telecast.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks 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 “Hawk Ford Blackhawks Postgame Live” team.
  • “Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” a one-stop social media and behind-the-scenes destination that reveals the latest real time trending topics, player buzz and expert insight from Twitter and Instagram.  Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #HawksTalk.
  • “Blackhawks In-Game Live,” – featuring STATS Inc.’s enhanced Game Zone real-time tracking system – is a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live game broadcasts.
  • 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, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and Golf Central. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk and BearsTalk, PrepsTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Blackhawks content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
  • 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 coverage on CSNChicago.com/Blackhawks is presented by Toyota.
  • Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers returns for her sixth season on the beat.  Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  In addition, fans can follow Eddie Olczyk (@EddieOlczyk) and Jamal Mayers (@jamalmayers) for even more Blackhawks/NHL insider coverage.
  • Blackhawks digital reporter and producer Charlie Roumeliotis enters his first season on the team beat.  Roumeliotis will provide Blackhawks and NHL 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.
  • Pat Boyle and Luke Stuckmeyer and Chris Boden, CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, along with digital content contribution and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season.  Follow them on Twitter @CSNBoyle, @LukeStuckmeyer & @CSNBoden.

 

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2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule 

PRE-SEASON

  1. Wed, Sept 23         @ Detroit                           6:30 pm             CSN+          
  2. Fri, Sept 25            @ Montreal                        6:30 pm             CSN+          
  3. Thu, Oct 1             @ St. Louis                        7:00 pm             CSN+
  4. Sat, Oct 3              vs Dallas                            7:30 pm             CSN+

REGULAR SEASON

  1. Fri, Oct 9               @ NY Islanders                  6:30 pm                      
  2. Thu, Oct 15           @ Washington                   6:00 pm            
  3. Thu, Oct 22           vs Florida                           7:30 pm            
  4. Mon, Oct 26          vs Anaheim                        7:30 pm            
  5. Thu, Oct 29           @ Winnipeg                       7:00 pm            
  6. Fri, Oct 30             @ Minnesota                      7:00 pm             CSN +
  7. Mon, Nov 2            vs Los Angeles                   7:30 pm            
  8. Fri, Nov 6              @ New Jersey                    6:00 pm            
  9. Thu, Nov 12           vs New Jersey                    7:30 pm            

10. Sun, Nov 15           vs Calgary                          7:30 pm            

11. Wed, Nov 18          @ Edmonton                      8:30 pm            

12. Fri, Nov 20             @ Calgary                          8:00 pm            

13. Wed, Nov 25          @ San Jose                       9:00 pm            

14. Tue, Dec 1             vs Minnesota                      7:00 pm            

15. Thu, Dec 3             @ Ottawa                          6:30 pm            

16. Tue, Dec 8             vs Nashville                        7:30 pm            

17. Thu, Dec 10           @ Nashville                        7:00 pm            

18. Fri, Dec 11             vs Winnipeg                       7:30 pm            

19. Tue, Dec 15           vs Colorado                        7:30 pm            

20. Thu, Dec 17           vs Edmonton                      7:30 pm            

21. Sun, Dec 20           vs San Jose                       6:00 pm            

22. Tue, Dec 22           @ Dallas                            7:30 pm            

23. Tue, Dec 29           @ Arizona                          8:00 pm            

24. Thu, Dec 31           @ Colorado                        7:00 pm            

25. Sun, Jan 3             vs Ottawa                          6:00 pm            

26. Tue, Jan 5             @ Pittsburgh                      6:00 pm            

27. Fri, Jan 8               vs Buffalo                           7:30 pm            

28. Tue, Jan 12           vs Nashville                        7:30 pm            

29. Thu, Jan 14           @ Montreal                        6:30 pm            

30. Fri, Jan 15             @ Toronto                         6:00 pm            

31. Tue, Jan 19           @ Nashville                        7:00 pm            

32. Thu, Jan 21           @ Tampa Bay                    6:30 pm            

33. Fri, Jan 22             @ Florida                           6:30 pm            

34. Tue, Jan 26           @ Carolina                         6:30 pm            

35. Tue, Feb 2             @ Colorado                        8:00 pm            

36. Thu, Feb 4             @ Arizona                          8:00 pm            

37. Tue, Feb 9             vs San Jose                       7:30 pm            

38. Thu, Feb 11           vs Dallas                            7:30 pm            

39. Mon, Feb 15          vs Toronto                         7:30 pm            

40. Thu, Feb 25           vs Nashville                        7:00 pm            

41. Thu, Mar 3             @ Boston                           6:00 pm            

42. Sun, Mar 6            vs Detroit                           4:00 pm            

43. Fri, Mar 11             @ Dallas                            7:30 pm            

44. Mon, Mar 14          vs Los Angeles                   7:00 pm             CSN +

45. Fri, Mar 18             @ Winnipeg                       7:00 pm            

46. Tue, Mar 22           vs Dallas                            7:30 pm            

47. Tue, Mar 29           @ Minnesota                      7:00 pm             CSN +

48. Fri, Apr 1               @ Winnipeg                       7:00 pm            

49. Tue, Apr 5             vs Arizona                          7:30 pm            

50. Thu, Apr 7             vs St. Louis                        7:30 pm

 

23 Home, 27 Road regular season games; 4 pre-season

Total: 54 games

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

Viewers are also urged to visit CSNChicago.com for even more extensive information on the 2015-16 Blackhawks, including web exclusive features, “Insider” reports from Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN), game previews/recaps, video highlights, along with detailed stats, social media interaction and much more.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.