Optimism ensues as NHL talks ongoing

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Optimism ensues as NHL talks ongoing

As the evening grew later, the talks continued. And while its hard to say how much is getting accomplished, the fact that discussions are ongoing is at least some reason to be optimistic.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and forward Jamal Mayers were two of 18 players taking part in Tuesdays player-owner meeting in New York. The two sides started talking at 1 p.m. central time; after a dinner break early in the evening, the two parties reconvened and were still talking past 10 p.m. central time.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr stayed out of both meetings, although they reportedly met with their respective parties during the dinner break.

Reports from New York have used the words cautiously optimistic to describe the ongoing discussions. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Penguins are making a big push to help end the lockout. Sidney Crosby is part of todays talks, as is team co-owner Ron Burkle.

The lockout reached Day 80 on Tuesday. Games through Dec. 14 have already been canceled.

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

CSN's Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd preview the Blackhawks' three upcoming games in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Blackhawks have three home games before the NHL All-Star break, which takes place in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks have dates between the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets. All three opponents are out of the playoff picture, sand Steve Konroyd is looking for the Blackhawks to step up in a certain part of their game: scoring.

See what Boyle and Konroyd had to say in the video above.

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