Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

FIRST REGULAR SEASON game telecast on Jan. 20 at Phoenix; HOME OPENER on Jan. 22 vs. St. Louis;
Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central, Highlight 2013 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, the brand new Blackhawks Pulse Social Media Center, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent, Live Chats, Live interactive Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 39 live regular season Blackhawks games (21 home, 18 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2013 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Sunday, January 20 as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, along with standouts Dave Bolland, Corey Crawford and the rest of the 13 season squad face-off against last seasons 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals opponent -- the Phoenix Coyotes -- live from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

Comcast SportsNets expanded season opener coverage on Jan. 20 gets underway at 7:30 PM with an encore edition of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, which will be followed by an encore edition of the Blackhawks Season Preview Special at 8:00 PM. Then, the season premiere of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live sets up the big night at 8:30 PM featuring hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd. Face-off is set for 9:00 PM featuring the always-entertaining Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling the game action. Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Quennevilles post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also be carrying the Blackhawks HOME OPENER on Tuesday, January 22 vs. St. Louis for a 7:30 PM face-off. Opening night coverage -- LIVE from the United Center -- gets underway at 5:30 PM with Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff (hosted by David Kaplan), which will be followed by Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, also live from the UC. Jose Cuervo Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Qs post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com after this and every Blackhawks home game telecast this season).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BlackhawksNHL season on the Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview Special airing Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 PM (to be replayed as noted earlier on Sun, Jan. 20 at 8:00 PM). Hosted by Boyle & Konroyd, the season preview special will feature numerous interviews with Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office execs, along with an extensive preview of the upcoming season with a focus on the NHLs Western Conference.

This seasons Blackhawks regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features all 39 games against Western Conference foes, 14 of which are against Central Division opponents. Among the additional highlights to this years Blackhawks schedule on Comcast SportsNet include a pair of games against the division rival Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 27 & Apr. 12), three match-ups against the conference rival Vancouver Canucks (Feb. 1, Feb. 19 & Apr. 22), along with a home ice battle against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Mar. 25). (See attached sheet for Comcast SportsNets complete 2013 regular season Blackhawks schedule).

For the fifth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starUSA Hockey Hall of FamerChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. SportsNet Centrals Susannah Collins will be the primary on-site reporter for Blackhawks home game telecasts this season. Also, for the eighth-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining new Blackhawks studio host Pat Boyle (via Twitter @CSNBoyle).

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:00 PM or later on weekdays and prior to every weekend game telecast. (NOTE: For weekday games beginning at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff). CTL will also be the place to hear from numerous BlackhawksNHL experts all season long.

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season (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. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can watch all CSN games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. Viewers can visit CSNChicago.com for the exact channel location of Comcast SportsNet, CSN, Comcast SportsNet HD and CSN HD telecasts in their area.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences 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 Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team.
Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse, a brand new, 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.
Blackhawks In-Game Live, 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 Chicagos live game broadcasts.
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her third season on the beat. Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest teamplayer news and inside access 247.
Nina Falcone joins CSN Chicago to serve as Blackhawks digital reporter and producer. Falcone will provide Blackhawks and NHL reportsfeatures on the beat with Myers. Follow @HawksTalkCSN on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center.
Susannah Collins, CSN Chicagos Blackhawks television reporter providing pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, will also contribute digital content and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season. Follow her on Twitter @SusannahCollins
CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the regular season 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.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2013 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Regular Season:
1. Sun, Jan 20 @ Phoenix 9:00 pm
2. Tue, Jan 22 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
3. Thu, Jan 24 @ Dallas 7:30 pm
4. Sat, Jan 26 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
5. Sun, Jan 27 vs. Detroit 6:00 pm
6. Fri, Feb 1 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm CSN
7. Sat, Feb 2 @ Calgary 9:00 pm
8. Tue, Feb 5 @ San Jose 9:30 pm
9. Thu, Feb 7 @ Phoenix 8:00 pm
10. Sun, Feb 10 @ Nashville 7:00 pm
11. Tue, Feb 12 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
12. Fri, Feb 15 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
13. Tue, Feb 19 vs. Vancouver 7:30 pm
14. Fri, Feb 22 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
15. Sun, Feb 24 vs. Columbus 6:00 pm
16. Mon, Feb 25 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm
17. Thu, Feb 28 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm
18. Fri, Mar 1 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm
19. Tue, Mar 5 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm
20. Fri, Mar 8 @ Colorado 8:00 pm CSN
21. Sun, Mar 10 vs. Edmonton 6:00 pm
22. Thu, Mar 14 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
23. Sat, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:00 pm
24. Mon, Mar 18 @ Colorado 8:00 pm
25. Wed, Mar 20 @ Anaheim 9:00 pm
26. Mon, Mar 25 vs. Los Angeles 7:00 pm
27. Tue, Mar 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
28. Fri, Mar 29 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
29. Mon, Apr 1 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
30. Thu, Apr 4 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
31. Sat, Apr 6 @ Nashville 2:00 pm
32. Sun, Apr 7 vs. Nashville 6:00 pm
33. Tue, Apr 9 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm CSN
34. Fri, Apr 12 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm
35. Mon, Apr 15 vs. Dallas 7:00 pm
36. Fri, Apr 19 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
37. Mon, Apr 22 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm
38. Wed, Apr 24 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm
39. Fri, Apr 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

39 Regular Season Games (21 Home, 18 Road)
All Times Central Time Schedule Subject to Change

Bears No. 1 offense moving in wrong direction after three preseason games

Bears No. 1 offense moving in wrong direction after three preseason games

If there are solutions lurking in the rubble that has been the Chicago Bears 2016 offense, they are staying hidden. And the problems have to be more than just the loss of coordinator Adam Gase and stalwarts Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte and Matt Slauson.

But in the longest stretch of playing time yet this preseason, a 23-7 loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bears repeatedly dropped passes, ran wrong routes, failed to execute blocks and generally looked like an offense that has taken significant steps backward since last season.

“We’ve still got some time,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “We’ve still got some time to get better. We’re still missing some guys and we’re going to have an influx of guys coming into the lineup that’ve been missing the past couple of weeks, which is going to help us, make us a little more dynamic out there.

“We’ve just got to keep working.”

The No. 1 offense ran 18 first-half plays and netted 20 yards – five fewer than the team gave the Chiefs in penalties. And matters got worse. The Bears ran 11 plays in the second quarter for a net minus-11 yards.

The Bears went to the line of scrimmage three times in the final 6 seconds of the first half. Those trips produced a false start by Alshon Jeffery (which pushed the Bears back across midfield and out of what would have been their only play in the Kansas City end of the field through 30 minutes); a bounced pass from Cutler in the direction of Marc Mariani when no Chief was within 20 yards of the Bears wide receiver; and a sack by 346-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe, who had one sack in 15 games last season.

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The Bears had practiced those situations as recently as this week, though “we need to prepare more, obviously,” Cutler said, smiling.

Franchise-tagged Jeffery did not limit his issues to the pre-snap penalty. He caught none of the three passes targeted for him in the first half and let one go off his hands with Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters on the ground, a victim of the loose Soldier Field sod.

“I was just trying to catch it and take off,” Jeffery said. “But you still got to catch it.”

When the offense finally managed to cross midfield, on its first possession of the third quarter, the drive included a bad drop of a bubble screen to wide receiver Kevin White, a badly run route by White near the end zone, and finally a missed field goal by Robbie Gould from 48 yards.

“It’s just growing pains,” Cutler said. “It’s just kind of how it is, his ‘rookie’ year, not really playing a lot of college football… . We’re working with him and he’s doing everything he possibly can to work through it and be where it’s supposed to be.

“And he understood it. I talked to him on the sideline and just told him this is going to happen. And now he knows and it just can’t happen again. We just can’t have repeat mistakes. He’s a good kid and he’s going to do well.”

The rest of the offense? Since most of the starters will play little if at all next Thursday at Cleveland, the improvement is going to have to come from within, from practice. It didn’t happen in games, where it is generally supposed to.

Bears quarterback Connor Shaw reportedly suffers broken leg in preseason loss

Bears quarterback Connor Shaw reportedly suffers broken leg in preseason loss

A little over a year ago Connor Shaw suffered a season-ending injury during a preseason game with the Cleveland Browns.

Unfortunately, history has likely repeated itself.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Shaw endured a broken leg right above his left ankle in the Bears' 23-7 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday afternoon. After connecting with wide receiver Josh Bellamy for an 18-yard completion in the fourth quarter, the Bears quarterback had his left leg folded by Chiefs defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Shaw stayed on the grass for a few minutes, writhing in pain, before having his left leg put in an air cast and leaving Soldier Field on a cart. 

Following the game, Bears head coach John Fox said that Shaw's injury is "very serious" and that he was on his way to the hospital for further examination.

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The devastating injury comes at inopportune time for Shaw who has arguably been the best player in a Bears uniform this preseason.

Before leaving Saturday's game, Shaw was 5/6 for 68 yards with a QB rating of 153.5 including a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cameron Meredith. Shaw also showed an ability to make things happen with his legs as he had two carries for 15 yards. It was the second consecutive eye-opening performance for Shaw. In last week's preseason loss to the New England Patriots, Shaw was for 4/6 with 42 yards and a touchdown pass.

Shaw had already surpassed David Fales as the Bears' third-string quarterback, and was starting to push Brian Hoyer — who coincidentally suffered an injury to his ribs against the Chiefs — for the backup job behind Jay Cutler. At worst, Shaw would have been a practice squad candidate.

"I've known him since his rookie year in Cleveland and he's really worked hard," Hoyer said. "He's done a good job and to see that, it's really heartbreaking obviously for him, and for a guy that's watched him develop and grow you just really feel for him.

"He's a tough and resilient kid. He's going to be back, but now it's going to be a dark time. That's just the way it is. That's part of football and unfortunately happened to a great kid."

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Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who played with Shaw at South Carolina, has no doubt Shaw's will bounce back from the injury.

“It’s a tough break,” Jeffery said. "He was having a hell of a camp. He was doing a hell of a job out there. You hate to see any teammate go down, but I know him personally being with him in college. He’s a fighter. He’s going to come back.”

Bears severly outplayed in another home preseason game

Bears severly outplayed in another home preseason game

It's easy to dismiss preseason games, but they can't be ignored when a team is severely outplayed in every sense of the word.

That was the case for the Bears on Saturday afternoon as they were dismantled by the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7, in front of a crowd of 48, 377 at Soldier Field to remain winless on the preseason.

The Bears starting offense compiled a net of 65 yards as they couldn't find a rhythm against a Chiefs defense playing without Pro Bowlers' Justin Houston, Eric Berry and Tamba Hali.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was able to stay upright for most of the game as the starting offensive line allowed just two sacks, but Cutler was plagued by a few drops from his receivers and was off target for most of the afternoon, finishing 6/15 with 45 yards and a passer rating of 47.9. The Bears starting wide receiving tandem of Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White registered the same amount of drops (three) as they did receptions. The lone highlight from the starting offensive unit came from second-year running Jeremy Langford who twice turned broken plays into positive gains, showing a remarkable improvement in that facet from his rookie season.

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While the starting offensive unit will draw much-deserved criticism for their performance against the Chiefs, the defense didn't fare that much better.

The starting 11, playing without Pernell McPhee and Kyle Fuller, allowed 239 total yards in the first half. The starting unit also lost their only proven cornerback when eight-year veteran Tracy Porter entered the NFL's concussion protocol after taking a knee to the head by teammate Harold Jones-Quartey in the second quarter. 

Despite Saturday's mediocre play by the defense, there were some positives including the first NFL interception by Bears rookie cornerback Deiondre' Hall who looks to be squarely in the mix for a starting cornerback job with the abundance of injuries at the position. Rookie defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard also continued his strong preseason play with another sack. First-rounder Leonard Floyd suited up but didn't play due to a hamstring injury.

The Bears finally broke a near 55-minute scoring drought when third-string quarterback Connor Shaw connected with wide receiver Cameron Meredith for a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Shaw suffered a left ankle injury on the next series and had to leave on a cart. He finished the game 5/6 for 65 yards and a touchdown, also adding 15 rushing yards on two carries.

In two preseason home games the Bears have been outscored 45-7. They were blanked by the Denver Broncos back in Week 1 on Aug. 15.

The Bears will look to avoid going winless for the first time in franchise history in preseason when they close out their exhibition slate against the Browns in Cleveland next Thursday.