DEFENDING STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS RETURN TO PLAYOFFS ACTION THIS WEEK ON COMCAST SPORTSNET
First Round Coverage vs. St. Louis Blues Begins THURSDAY NIGHT (Apr. 17) beginning at 5:00 PM CT; Face-off at 7:00 PM featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call!
Comcast SportsNet to Air Games 1, 3 & 4 in the Chicago Market (and Games 5 & 7 if nec.);
CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Blackhawks post-game press conference, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes video from team practices and post-game reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers;
“Blackhawks Fever: Playoff Preview” special airs TONIGHT (Mon, Apr. 14) at 11:00 PM
Chicago, IL (April 14, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans the thrilling excitement of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with exclusive first round Western Conference Playoffs action as the Blackhawks take on the division rival St. Louis Blues. Comcast SportsNet will be the exclusive television home in the Chicago market to see Game 1 from the Scottrade Center, along with Games 3 and 4 from the United Center. If necessary, Comcast SportsNet will also carry Games 5 & 7 from St. Louis. Plus, every Comcast SportsNet Stanley Cup Playoff game telecast will also be presented in a high-definition (HD) format.
Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage gets underway with Game 1 Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 PM CT with a special, Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan with live remote talkbacks from the Scottrade Center. Following SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse at 6:00 PM, fans can look forward to Blackhawks Pregame Livepresented by Chevy with hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd at 6:30 PM featuring a complete Game 1 preview, analysis and interviews. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 PM featuring Comcast SportsNet’s announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the expert play-by-play and analysis, plus – Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer will provide in-stadium reports throughout the first round for all playoff games. NOTE: Steve Konroyd will fill in as game analyst for Olczyk for Game 5 (if nec.) of the opening round series. Immediately following all playoff games –Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford will feature live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews. (Comcast SportsNet’s complete First Round coverage schedule is included in this release.)
TONIGHT (Mon, Apr. 29) at 11:00 PM, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a Stanley Cup Playoffs primer with Blackhawks Fever: Playoff Preview. This half-hour special will provide a detailed, inside look at the Blackhawks first round Stanley Cup Playoffs opponent, along with the very latest player status updates on team standouts Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, a look back the past regular season featuring key highlights, plus - player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.
Throughout the playoffs, viewers can also look forward to SportsNet Central: Playoff Central (scheduled nightly at 10:30 PM, times may vary due to airing of live events) for the most in-depth Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage, including game recaps, previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league.
Also, throughout the playoffs, Comcast SportsNet’s comprehensive website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs content including the following:
- CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by Xfinity) providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville addressing the media as it happens.
- CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will be on-site -- for EVERY Blackhawks playoff game -- filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TramyersCSN throughout the series, as will CSNChicago.com Blackhawks digital reporter Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone). Falcone will also provide Blackhawks opponent perspective/reports on days of home games.
- Video highlights from every Blackhawks playoff 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 “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by Hawk Ford team.
- “Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” a 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.
- BlackhawksTalk (@HawksTalkCSN), 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, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk and BearsTalk, which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
- “Blackhawks In-Game Live,” a second screen platform for web 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.
- Pat Boyle, 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.
- CSNChicago.com’s new state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Blackhawks playoffs content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
- CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the playoffs 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.
- CSNChicago.com, Yahoo! Sports and NBC’s ProHockeyTalk.com will also produce additional Blackhawks and NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs content, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on Comcast SportsNet:
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES on COMCAST SPORTSNET
* Game 1: Thu, April 17, 7:00 PM – Blackhawks at Blues (Scottrade Center) in HD
(NOTES: Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage on Comcast SportsNet begins at 5:00 PM w/a special Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan, which will be followed by SportsNet Central at 6:00 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30 PM & Blackhawks Postgame Live immediately following the game; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM)
-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE: The White Sox vs. Boston game (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+ (or CLTV in the Chicago market); coverage begins at 6:30 PM.
* Game 2: Sat, April 19 at approx. 5:00 PM – ‘Blackhawks Post Game Live’ on Comcast SportsNet (game to air on NBC at 2:00 PM)
* Game 3: Mon, April 21, 7:30 PM – Blackhawks vs. Blues (United Center) in HD
(NOTES: “United Center edition” of SportsTalk Live at 5:30 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game –both shows live from the United Center; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM )
-- IMPORTANT CUBS NOTE: The Cubs vs. Arizona game (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+ (or CLTV in the Chicago market); coverage begins at 6:30 PM.
* Game 4: Wed, April 23, 8:30 PM – Blackhawks vs. Blues (United Center) in HD
(NOTES: Blackhawks Pregame Live at 8:00 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game –both shows live from the United Center; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM )
-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE: The White Sox at Detroit game at 6:00 PM (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+ (or CLTV in the Chicago market); PLEASE NOTE: The White Sox-DET game will also simultaneously air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location from 6:00-8:00 PM.
* Game 5: Fri, April 25 (7:00 PM) – Blackhawks at St. Louis (Scottrade Center) (if necessary) in HD
(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 5:00 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:00 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage)
-- IMPORTANT CUBS NOTE: The Cubs at Milwaukee game (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+ (or CLTV in the Chicago market); coverage begins at 6:30 PM.
* Game 6: Sun, April 27 at approx. 5:00 PM – ‘Blackhawks Post Game Live’ on Comcast SportsNet (Game to air on NBC at 2:00 PM if necessary)
* Game 7: Tue, April 29 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at St. Louis (Scottrade Center) (if necessary) in HD
(PRECISE COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)
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