Bulls basketball returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Bulls basketball returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Pre-Season Action on Dec. 20 -- First Regular Season game on Dec. 29 -- Regular Season HOME opener on New Years DayJan. 1Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central highlight 2011-12 ScheduleCSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights,plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, Live Chats, In-Game Live Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (December 13, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending regular season NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 62-20), is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA excitement with 35 live regular season Bulls games (18 home, 17 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, and the most thorough 247 online Bulls coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2011-12 Chicago Bulls regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Thursday, December 29 as NBA MVP Derrick Rose, along with a top-tier supporting cast featuring Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and the NBAs reigning Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, visit the Sacramento Kings at 9:00 PM (McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live begins at 8:30 PM).

In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also be carrying the HOME OPENER on New Years Day: Sunday, January 1 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. Prior to the 7:00 PM home opener tip-off, Comcast SportsNet will carry a one-hour, expanded edition of McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live beginning at 6:00 PM, featuring all the opening night festivities live from the United Center. Kia Bulls Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

In addition to the 35 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise a pre-season match-up on Tuesday, December 20 as the Bulls host the Indiana Pacers (7:00 PM tip-off; McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live at 6:30 PM).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BullsNBA season on SportsNet Central: Chicago Bulls Season Preview on Wednesday, December 21 at 10:30 PM (replayed on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 10:30 PM). Hosted by Bulls PrePost Game Lives Mark Schanowski & Kendall Gill, the season preview special will feature interviews with Bulls General ManagerNBA Executive of the Year Gar Forman, along with Thibodeau, Rose and other members of the 11-12 Bulls roster. The special will also review all the latest off-season moves from the around the league and how these moves impact the Bulls this season.

This seasons Bulls regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features 25 games against Eastern Conference foes, ten of which are against Central Division opponents. In addition, Comcast SportsNets Bulls schedule features a highly-anticipated Eastern Conference Finals home game re-match against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat (Mar 14), plus games against the defending Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics (Jan. 13), the defending Western Conference regular season champion San Antonio Spurs (Feb. 29), a home battle against the rival New York Knicks (Mar. 12) and a road match-up against the always-competitive Orlando Magic (Mar. 19).

For the fourth-straight season, veteran Bulls play-by-play announcer Neil Funk will be teamed up with former Bulls standout center Stacey King, who will handle color analysis all season long. SportsNet Centrals Gail Fischer, Sarah Kustok and Luke Stuckmeyer will rotate as the primary courtside reporters for Bulls home game telecasts this season.
McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live (hosted by Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill) is 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 NBA. McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live will air prior to every Bulls game this season with the exception of 6:00 PM game time starts on Feb. 1, Feb. 10 & Apr. 25 (pre-game coverage for these games can be seen at 5:30 PM on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morganhosted by David Kaplan, CTL will also be the place to hear from BullsNBA experts all season long).

Following every game this season, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Kia Bulls Post Game Live. Kia Bulls Post Game Live (hosted by SchanowskiGill) will also feature live coverage of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus post-game press conference and locker room interviews with Bulls players. Following the majority of evening Kia Bulls Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and SportsNet Central presented by Lexus at 12 Midnight with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Three regular season Bulls 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. 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 Bulls coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeaus postgame press conferences.
Video highlights from EVERY Bulls game that airs on Comcast SportsNet.
Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam returns for his third season covering all home and away games. Sam will also file daily storiesvideo reports (including reports from practice and shoot-arounds) and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live, Chicago Tribune Live and SportsNet Central.
In addition to his on-air duties, Bulls PrePost Game Live host Mark Schanowski will partner with Sam this season on CSNChicago.com providing multi-platform coverage via on-going blogs, weekly live chats, fan Q&A mailbag segments and much more. Fans can also follow Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski) and Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) via Twitter 247 for the latest teamplayers news, insight and insider access.
Bulls In-Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial, including compelling elements such as up-to-the-second game stats, detailed box score & play-by-play, photos, out of town scoreboard, Twitter feeds from Sam & Schanowski, LIVE in-game chat sessions, team headlines and more.
In addition CSN Chicago.com will work closely with NBCSports.com and its ProBasketballTalk blog, plus new this season CSNChicago.com introduces its Bulls Talk blog, a high-frequency blog covering all Bulls news, rumors, trades, etc., which will include contributions from Sam, Schanowski and Gill as they lend their knowledge and expertise to the latest happenings in the Central Division, as well as league-wide. It will also include special Sam and Sam weekly video segments, featuring CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam and Bulls.coms Sam Smith, talking up the Bulls and the NBAs biggest headlines.
Sam will be featured in all Comcast SportsNet Bulls games, highlighting BullsTalk blog on CSNChicago.com.
Stacey Kings Poster Shop: Get all of Staceys poster calls all season long, as well as those from last season on CSNChicago.com.
Bulls content this season will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, NBCSports.com, SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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