Soldier Field Super Bowl would work, per mayor

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Soldier Field Super Bowl would work, per mayor

If Bears critics think its a longshot getting Chicago to a Super Bowl, what would the chances of getting a Super Bowl to Chicago be?

Armed with a reasonably trouble-free hosting of the recent NATO conference, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a play to bring a Super Bowl to Chicago, according to a report by longtime Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.

Anything is possible. This one would take some doing, however.

Soldier Field has been there in its revamped form since the 2003 season without getting much more consideration than the city of Chicago did for the 2016 Olympics.

Emanuel met with Roger Goodell during the NFL commissioners visit to Chicago on Thursday to present an award to Soldier Field for its environmental-friendly operations. Goodell didnt rule Chicago out, although Soldier Fields smallish (63,500) capacity makes it an unlikely selection without modifications.

The NFL isnt eliminating cold-weather venues without domes. New YorkNew Jersey will have the 2014 Super Bowl in that newly constructed stadium. Arizona has the 2015 game.

Minnesota and Detroit have had Super Bowls; so has Pontiac, Mich., giving the Lions two in their buildings. But those were domes.

One problem that Soldier Field will have is accommodating the crush of media from around the globe. Auxiliary seating is provided in cordoned-off sections in the stadium, but that doesnt work well if theres surly weather, and computers dont function well in severe cold. The Soldier Field press box is nowhere near the size of New Yorks, by comparison.

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 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. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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