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For the first time in network history, CSN to carry four, live pro game telecasts in one day (Thursday, April 23)

For the first time in network history, CSN to carry four, live pro game telecasts in one day (Thursday, April 23)

NBA Playoffs: BULLS at Milwaukee (Game 3) – 7:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet

Stanley Cup Playoffs: BLACKHAWKS at Nashville (Game 5) – 8:30 PM on CSN+

(NOTE: Also joined in progress on Comcast SportsNet immediately following the Bulls game)

MLB Baseball: WHITE SOX vs. Kansas City – 7:00 PM on CSN+2

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

MLB Baseball: CUBS at Pittsburgh – 11:30 AM on Comcast SportsNet 

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

Chicago, IL (April 21, 2015) – FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NETWORK HISTORY, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox and Cubs, will be presenting viewers with an extremely rare scenario on THURSDAY (April 23), as the network will be airing FOUR, LIVE professional events in one day (all being produced in four, separate cities), including three 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 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. 

“Thursday will truly be a monumental moment for both our network and our viewers with the airing of four, live professional events featuring the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox in action,” said Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “With the excitement of the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with the start of thrilling baseball on both sides of town, April has already proved to be an exhilarating month for Chicago sports.  Our CSN team will be ready to deliver the expert coverage our viewers have come to expect in what will be one of the most exciting days in local sports we’ve seen in years.”

Note the following channel information and additional details for Comcast SportsNet’s HUGE day featuring four, live professional game telecasts on Thursday, April 23:

CHICAGO BULLS/NBA PLAYOFFSCOMCAST SPORTSNET

7:00 PM CT – BULLS at Milwaukee (Rd. 1, Gm. 3) will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel (featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the game call)

  • Game night coverage gets underway with SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado at 5:00 PM (with host David Kaplan), followed by SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:00 PM.
  • Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light with hosts Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue will begin at 6:30 PM.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSCSN+

8:30 PM CT – BLACKHAWKS at Nashville (Rd. 1, Gm. 5) will air LIVE on CSN+ (featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk on the game call)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This game will also be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game.
  • This CSN+ telecast will air in high-definition on Comcast ch. 201 in the Chicago area & South Bend, IN…ch. 285 in Comcast’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…along with AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW homes among others); viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+ channel location in their area.
  • Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will begin at 8:00 PM…Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford airs immediately following the game.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX/MLB BASEBALLCSN+2

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX vs. Kansas City will air LIVE on CSN+2(featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone on the game call)

  • 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 White Sox telecast can be found on AT&T U-verse ch. 695/1695 HD and DIRECTV ch. 665-2/665-2 HD among others…viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+2 channel location in their area.
  • Subaru White Sox Postgame Live airs immediately following the game on CSN+2 (hosted by Jen Lada from U.S. Cellular Field).

CHICAGO CUBS/MLB BASEBALLCOMCAST SPORTSNET

11:30 AM CT – CUBS at Pittsburgh will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel (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 11:00 AM…Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois airs immediately following the game.

From a social media standpoint, fans can utilize the Twitter hashtag #WhatAThursday throughout the day to share their comments regarding this significant day in Comcast SportsNet history.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.

NHL Draft Profile: F Jesperi Kotkaniemi

NHL Draft Profile: F Jesperi Kotkaniemi

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 189 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"Kotkaniemi has been a top-six forward for his league team in Finland all season and had a very solid U18 season relative to his historical peers in the league. He has very good hands that are high-end, if not flashing elite. He can make very skilled plays off an entry, but what impresses me is how well he can control the puck and keep plays alive."

NHL player comparable:

Fit for Blackhawks:

There isn't a player that has climbed the rankings in such a short amount of time than Kotkaniemi, who was initially projected to go outside the top 10 but could go as high as No. 3 overall. It's likely because there aren't many high-end centers in this draft, and he's the top one.

If Kotkaniemi happens to slip to No. 8, it may be hard for the Blackhawks to pass up on him. He's versatile, too, which is always a bonus, especially when playing under Joel Quenneville. But if they view him as a center, here's how the Blackhawks would look down the middle: Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz, Kotkaniemi and Artem Anisimov.

Um, yeah. That'll work.