CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at Dallas and HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 vs. Dallas,including expanded, live PrePost Game coverage, among Opening Week HighlightsComcast SportsNet to also carry two Pre-Season Games LIVE on Sept. 28 & Sept. 30 (including Pre-Game Shows);
CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences,Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, Live Chats, In-Game Live Scoreboard and more!
Chicago, IL (September 21, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to deliver yet another full season of thrill-packed, hard-hitting NHL excitement with 50 live regular season games (25 home, 25 away), including live pre-game and post-game shows, and the most comprehensive 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2011-12 Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet opens up in a big way with back-to-back nights of live coverage showcasing the SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM and the HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 PM as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith face the Western Conference rival Dallas Stars on both nights.

Prior to the 7:30 PM face-offs on October 7 & 8, Comcast SportsNets Opening Week Blackhawks coverage gets underway beginning at 6:30 PM with SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse featuring live pre-game coverage, interviews and on-site talent correspondence. At 7:00 PM both nights, fans can look forward to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live featuring hosts Chris Boden and former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd breaking down the evenings match-up, along with numerous interviews with players and coaches (NOTE: For the home opener on October 8, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse and Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will take place live from the United Center). Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conference (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

In addition to 50 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise a pair of Blackhawks pre-season games on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM vs. Detroit and Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM vs. Pittsburgh. Comcast SportsNet will also air special editions of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live at 7:00 PM leading into each pre-season game telecast.

Top highlights on this years Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks schedule include 36 games against Western Conference foes (14 are Central Division match-ups), including two home games against division rival Detroit (Dec. 30 & Feb. 21) and a pair of games against Western Conference rival2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round opponent Vancouver (Nov. 16 & Mar. 21). Additional Central Division schedule highlights include five games against Columbus (Nov. 10, Dec. 26, Jan. 10, Feb. 18 & Mar. 20), four games against St. Louis (Nov. 8, Mar. 6, 13 & 29) and three games against Nashville (a Halloween night home game on Oct. 31, Jan. 24 and Feb. 14). In addition to Detroit, the Blackhawks will face even more Original Six opponents this season including Montreal (Dec. 21), New York Rangers (Feb. 16 & Mar. 9) and Toronto (Feb. 29). Plus, Comcast SportsNet viewers can also look forward to a 10 Stanley Cup Final re-match at Philadelphia on Jan. 5.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season. Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel location for all CSN games in their area.

For the fourth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. Also, for the seventh-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining studio host Chris Boden.

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:30 PM or later, along with any afternoon game telecasts. (NOTE: For games beginning at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in either SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse or Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan).

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of evening Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences.
Video highlights from EVERY Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period for all games that air on Comcast SportsNet.

Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her second season covering all home and away games. Myers will also file daily storiesvideo reports (including reports from practice and skate-arounds) and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, Chicago Tribune Live and SportsNet Central.

In addition to his on-air duties, Blackhawks PrePost Game Live host Chris Boden will partner with Myers this season on CSNChicago.com providing multi-platform coverage via on-going blogs, weekly live chats, fan Q&A mail bag segments and much more. Fan can also follow Boden (@CSNBoden) and Myers (@TraMyersCSN) via Twitter 247 for the latest teamplayers news, insight and insider access.

Blackhawks In-Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial, including compelling elements such as up-to-the-second game stats, skatersgoalies box score, detailed play-by-play, photos, out of town scoreboard, Twitter feeds from Myers & Boden, LIVE in-game chat sessions, team headlines and more.

Rival Report: CSNChicago.com will also provide daily coverage on the Blackhawks Central Division rivals featuring the latest news and updates on Blues, Blue Jackets, Predators and Red Wings.

In addition CSN Chicago.com will work closely with NBCSports.com and its ProHockeyTalk blog, along with NBCChicago.com and its Madhouse Enforcer blog. CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks content this season will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, ChicagoBlackhawks.com, NBCSports.com, SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Preseason Season:

1. Wed, Sept 28 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

2. Fri, Sept 30 vs. Pittsburgh 7:30 pm

Regular Season:

1. Fri, Oct 7 @ Dallas 7:30 pm (SEASON OPENER!)

2. Sat, Oct 8 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm (HOME OPENER!)

3. Thu, Oct 13 vs. Winnipeg 7:30 pm

4. Thu, Oct 20 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

5. Tue, Oct 25 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

6. Fri, Oct 28 @ Carolina 6:00 pm

7. Mon, Oct 31 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

8. Thu, Nov 3 @ Florida 6:30 pm

9. Fri, Nov 4 @ Tampa Bay 6:30 pm

10. Tue, Nov 8 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm

11. Thu, Nov 10 @ Columbus 6:00 pm CSN

12. Fri, Nov 11 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

13. Wed, Nov 16 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm

14. Fri, Nov 18 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

15. Wed, Nov 23 @ San Jose 9:30 pm

16. Tue, Nov 29 vs. Phoenix 7:30 pm

17. Fri, Dec 2 vs. NY Islanders 7:30 pm

18. Thu, Dec 8 @ NY Islanders 6:00 pm

19. Fri, Dec 16 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

20. Wed, Dec 21 vs. Montreal 6:30 pm

21. Mon, Dec 26 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

22. Wed, Dec 28 vs. Los Angeles 7:30 pm

23. Fri, Dec 30 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

24. Mon, Jan 2 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm

25. Thu, Jan 5 @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm

26. Fri, Jan 6 vs. Colorado 7:30 pm

27. Tue, Jan 10 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

28. Thu, Jan 12 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm

29. Fri, Jan 20 vs. Florida 7:30 pm

30. Tue, Jan 24 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

31. Thu, Feb 2 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm

32. Fri, Feb 3 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

33. Tue, Feb 7 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

34. Tue, Feb 14 @ Nashville 7:00 pm

35. Thu, Feb 16 @ NY Rangers 6:00 pm

36. Sat, Feb 18 @ Columbus 1:00 pm

37. Tue, Feb 21 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

38. Thu, Feb 23 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm

39. Sat, Feb 25 @ Los Angeles 3:00 pm

40. Wed, Feb 29 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm CSN

41. Fri, Mar 2 @ Ottawa 6:30 pm

42. Tue, Mar 6 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm CSN

43. Fri, Mar 9 vs. NY Rangers 7:30 pm

44. Tue, Mar 13 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

45. Fri, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:30 pm

46. Tue, Mar 20 @ Columbus 6:00 pm

47. Wed, Mar 21 vs. Vancouver 7:00 pm

48. Tue, Mar 27 @ New Jersey 6:00 pm

49. Thu, Mar 29 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

50. Thu, April 5 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm

25 Home, 25 Road regular season games; 2 pre-season homeTotal: 52 games

Elena Delle Donne scores 18, leads Sky over Wings

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Elena Delle Donne scores 18, leads Sky over Wings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Elena Delle Donne had 18 points and eight rebounds to help the Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 92-85 on Sunday.

Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points and nine assists, Cappie Pondexter scored 14 and Erika de Souza had 12 for Chicago, which is sixth in the AP power poll.

The Sky (13-13) had an 18-1 run spanning the first and second quarters to make it 40-16 on de Souza's basket with 6:09 left in the first half.

The 10th-ranked Wings (9-18) cut the deficit to 60-54 in the third quarter but Chicago answered with a 12-3 run. From there, the Wings trailed by double-digits until a late 13-2 run brought them within 90-85 with 15 seconds left.

Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and Skylar Diggins added 16 to lead Dallas, which dropped its eighth in a row.

Cubs close out road trip with narrow loss to Dodgers

Cubs close out road trip with narrow loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Joe Maddon watched John Lackey board the team bus on Sunday morning wearing a Team USA onesie. The Cubs manager later noticed Aroldis Chapman in pajamas in the clubhouse on his way out to the dugout for his pregame media session at Dodger Stadium.

“We’ve created our own little culture, our own little identity,” Maddon said. “I just love the fact that they buy into those moments. Your stars are buying into it.”

The Cubs are in their own world, followed like rock stars on the road, freed from baseball’s unwritten rules and checked out from the daily anxiety and scoreboard-watching stress during a normal pennant race. 

But this afternoon still had a playoff-type atmosphere, with a crowd of 44,745 watching a scoreless game finally pivot in the eighth inning. Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill hit Andrew Toles with a pitch, jammed Howie Kendrick and threw the soft groundball into right field. An intentional walk to Corey Seager loaded the bases, setting up a matchup between Carl Edwards Jr. and the heart of the Los Angeles lineup.

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

The rookie unleashed a 97-mph fastball and struck out Justin Turner on a foul tip. Edwards then went right back at Adrian Gonzalez, inducing a chopper toward third baseman Javier Baez, who threw the ball to second base. The Cubs missed escaping the jam by a split second, with Seager’s right foot sliding into second just before Ben Zobrist’s left foot touched the bag.

That would be the difference in a 1-0 loss that again showed the narrow margin between these two big-market, first-place teams. The Cubs needed 10 innings to secure a comeback win on Friday night before Los Angeles won one-run games on Saturday and Sunday at Dodger Stadium.  

The Cubs would still leave Los Angeles with a 14-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, their magic number to clinch the division now 20, ending a West Coast trip with a onesies theme almost exactly one year after Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, showing this team would be a force in October.

With John Lackey ramping up for return, could Cubs go to six-man rotation?

With John Lackey ramping up for return, could Cubs go to six-man rotation?

LOS ANGELES – John Lackey is ramping up for a return to the rotation and all those “Big Boy Games” the Cubs are supposed to play in October.

The Cubs expect Lackey to test his strained right shoulder and throw two bullpen sessions this week, manager Joe Maddon said Sunday at Dodger Stadium. If everything goes smoothly for the two-time World Series champion, the Cubs will tentatively schedule Lackey’s next start for either the Labor Day weekend showdown against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field, or near the beginning of a three-city road trip in early September.     

Lackey (9-7, 3.41 ERA) has accounted for 158-plus innings, making 24 starts and stabilizing the rotation before going on the disabled list on Aug. 15. Jason Hammel should eventually cool off and will be “well-rested” after Maddon’s quick hook on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs also like what they’ve seen from Mike Montgomery, believing the lefty can develop into a solid big-league starter.

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

Could the Cubs go to a six-man rotation down the stretch?

“We haven’t planned that specifically yet,” Maddon said. “I’m not opposed, let me put it that way. We’ll see how it all plays out with Mikey the next time through. Again, to do anything we possibly can to conserve our arms for the end of the year is important. 

“It’s being proven throughout the industry right now. Moving forward, the biggest trick there is to get the sixth guy that you like. Most teams are clamoring to get (No.) 4 and 5. We got five that we like. Now we’re working on 6.”

It’s not like the Cubs are fighting for a wild-card spot or clinging to a one-game lead in the division. The best record in baseball allows them to look at the big picture and get creative in September. The counterargument to keeping starters fresh for October would be keeping creatures of habit like Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in a rhythm. 

“Starting pitchers have always rallied to say that they need to stay on that particular plan,” Maddon said. “But I think it’s kind of been proven – just give them that extra day or two on occasion and it really benefits them. So I just think you’re fighting this old view of specifically how it needs to be done."