CSN to air three games in one night! (Monday, April 23)

CSN to air three games in one night! (Monday, April 23)

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO FEATURE THREE GAMES IN ONE NIGHT: BLACKHAWKS, CUBS & WHITE SOX IN ACTION MONDAY NIGHT (APRIL 23)

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blackhawks vs. Phoenix, Game 6 coverage begins at 7:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet

MLB Baseball: Cubs vs. St. Louis coverage begins at 6:30 PM on CSN

MLB Baseball: White Sox at Oakland 9:00 PM on CSN2 (game joined in progress on CSN immediately following Cubs-STL game;
also joined in progress on Comcast SportsNet immediately following Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live)

Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel locations in their area
Chicago, IL (April 22, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be presenting viewers with a HUGE night of local sports excitement on MONDAY NIGHT (April 23) featuring the BLACKHAWKS (Stanley Cup PlayoffsGame 6 vs. Phoenix), CUBS vs. St. Louis and WHITE SOX at Oakland all in action on one night.

Comcast SportsNet is urging viewers to visit 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 all three games on this night. Note the following breakdown for all three of Comcast SportsNets pro game telecasts airing on Monday night, April 23:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKSSTANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

8:00 PM BLACKHAWKS vs. PHOENIX (Rd. 1, Gm. 6) - LIVE on Comcast SportsNet

Featuring Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk with the game call
Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd begins at 7:30 PMJose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live will air immediately following the game.
CHICAGO CUBSMLB BASEBALL
7:00 PM CUBS vs. ST. LOUIS - LIVE on CSN

Featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly with the game call
Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth begins at 6:30 PM
CSN games on Comcast Cable and RCN can be found on CLTV (on Comcast Cable in HD on ch. 285 & RCN in HD on ch. 616); this game is also located on AT&T U-Verse (ch. 17411742 HD), Wide Open West (ch. 1415), DIRECTV (ch. 666666 HD) & DISH Network (ch. 4409575 HD)
(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

CHICAGO WHITE SOXMLB BASEBALL
9:00 PM WHITE SOX at OAKLAND - LIVE on CSN2 (WHERE AVAILABLE)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The White Sox-Athletics game will also air on CSN immediately following the Cubs-Cardinals gamealso, immediately following Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live, the White Sox-Athletics game will also air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location.
Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone with the game call
This CSN2 telecast (WHERE AVAILABLE) can be found on Comcast Cable (ch. 101), RCN (ch. 371), AT&T U-Verse (ch. 691), Wide Open West (ch. 2231), DIRECTV (ch. 667) & DISH Network (ch. 449)

(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN2 CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger has been sidelined a little longer than the originally expected three weeks with his right hand injury. Not that any missed time is enjoyable.

"I wanted to get back there probably a few weeks ago but unfortunately I couldn't," said Kruger, who suffered his injury on Dec. 30 against the Carolina Hurricanes. "I tried to listen to the doctors and do everything I can instead to be ready when I get cleared. That's my mindset."

Kruger is close, but not quite there, as the Blackhawks prepared for Sunday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kruger skated with his teammates for the first time since being injured but wasn't among the line rushes. The center took faceoffs on his own at the end of practice. Kruger pronounced himself, "pretty close," to returning. Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will see how Kruger is over the next few days. The Blackhawks play again Tuesday and Thursday before heading into the All-Star break this weekend.

The Blackhawks have missed Kruger's versatility and especially his play on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks' kill has been fine through Kruger's absence but he nevertheless is a big part of it when he's healthy.

"We have a lot of options and when he's out everyone gets a more important role, whether starting or faceoffs. And we have a rotation of five guys who are in there most of the time. But he definitely absorbs the most responsibility when he's playing in that area," Quenneville said of Kruger. "So it's nice you get to try some other guys and you get deeper as you go along."

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

One of the players who's emerged in Kruger's absence is Tanner Kero, who filled his third-line center void. Kero and linemates Vinnie Hinostroza and Marian Hossa clicked on the dads trip, coming up with big plays and points in the Blackhawks' victories over Colorado and Boston. As of now, Kero appears to have the hold on third-line center.

"I don't see too many things that would change his positioning because he really helped himself," Quenneville said.

Kruger said he's fine if that means returning to fourth-line center duties. Regardless, he'll help bolster the Blackhawks' forward lines. The last step is likely contact, which Kruger got a little of – outside of faceoffs – in Sunday's skate. Kruger's had to wait a little longer than expected on his injury but he's getting there.

Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

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Cubs, White Sox react to tragic deaths of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

The sports world woke up to some tragic news on Sunday morning.

Former major leaguer Andy Marte and Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic within an hour of each other, according to multiple reports. A Royals representative confirmed the death of 25-year-old Ventura.

The Cubs and White Sox took to Twitter to give their condolences:

Ventura was a member of the Royals from 2013-16 and won a World Series title in 2015 with Ben Zobrist and Wade Davis, who the Cubs acquired this offseason for Jorge Soler. Ventura also played with White Sox pitcher James Shields in 2013-14.

Marte, 33, played a majority of his seven-year career with the Cleveland Indians. He was teammates with Todd Hollandsworth (Atlanta 2005), Kerry Wood (Cleveland 2009-10), and Miguel Montero (Arizona 2014).