Blackhawks to host Blues in home opener on CSN

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Blackhawks to host Blues in home opener on CSN

The Blackhawks have returned to the Windy City and will host the Blues tonight in their home opener. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.
Two undefeated teams will face off at the United Center on Tuesday night as the Blackhawks welcome the Blues to Chicago.
The Hawks may only be two games into the season, but they're already noticing that their shortened 2013 campaign is beginning to resemble their 2010 championship season.

"The core's been here for a while; we know each other and how it's going to be," Dave Bolland told CSNChicago.com after the team's matchup in Phoenix. "And with other guys who have come in, we've bonded pretty quick to adapt to what we have to do."

Vladimir Tarasenko

If the Blues' first two games were any indication, the Blackhawks may have their hands full tonight with rookie Vladimir Tarasenko. The 21-year old out of Yaroslavl, Russia has already recorded three goals and two assists against the Red Wings and Predators, leading his team in points.

During the lockout, Tarasenko played in the KHL for St. Petersburg SKA, where he recorded 31 points in 31 games.

Walking the red carpet
The Blackhawks have announced a number of ways the team plans to thank their supporters for sticking with them through the lockout, and part of their fan appreciation launch includes a red carpet ceremony that will be held prior to tonight's matchup.
Beginning at 4:30 this afternoon, the team will arrive at the arena in style and sign autographs for any of today's ticket holders. Signings will take place in the 100 level concourse of the United Center.
But whether or not you'll be at tonight's game, make sure to join the conversations about the matchup on Twitter by using HawksTalk and following @HawksTalkCSN.

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Is there anyone who wouldn't want to play with Patrick Kane?

Jeremy Roenick joined In The Loop on Wednesday to discuss which current Blackhawks he would like to play with, and naturally, the reigning MVP topped his list.

"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."

But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.

"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."

Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."

See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: