Published on Monday, 11 April 2011 12:19
Comcast SportsNet Chicago will exclusively carry the Chicago television broadcasts of the Chicago Blackhawks entire first round of playoffs. Starting this coming Wednesday, April 13th, the #8 seeded Chicago Blackhawks will take on their conference rival, the #1 seeded Vancouver Canucks.
The coverage on Comcast SportsNet Chicago begins at 8:30pm on Wednesday with the pre-game show hosted by Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd. At 9:00pm, Wednesday, the Blackhawks play the first game from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. As they did during the regular season, Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk will continue to provide the play-by-play and analysis for Blackhawks playoffs action, except for Games 2 and 3, where Steve Konroyd will have to fill in as game analyst for Eddie Olczyk. Sarah Kustok will provide in-stadium reports for the first round of playoff games.
The Blackhawks vs Canucks first round TV schedule looks like this:
- Game 1: Wednesday, April 13, 9:00pm (Rogers Arena, Vancouver)
- Game 2: Friday, April 15, 9:00pm (Rogers Arena, Vancouver)
- Game 3: Sunday, April 17, 7:00pm (United Center, Chicago)
- Game 4: Tuesday, April 19, 7:00pm (United Center, Chicago)
- Game 5: Thursday, April 21, 9:00pm (Rogers Arena, Vancouver) - if necessary
- Game 6: Sunday, April 24, 6:30pm (United Center, Chicago) - if necessary
- Game 7: Tuesday, April 26, (Time TBD) (Rogers Arena, Vancouver) - if necessary
Every Comcast SportsNet Stanley Cup Playoff game telecast will be presented in a high-definition (HD) format. "Blackhawks Pre-Game Live" will air before each game, and "Blackhawks Post Game Live" will air after each game, with CSN's "SportsNet Central" following that. The post game programs will feature live locker room interviews, head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conference, numerous player interviews, and detailed analysis.
Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs content including:
- Streaming every Blackhawks postgame press conference live
- Blackhawks in-game live data
- Reports from Blackhawks "Insider" Tracey Myers
- Game highlights available during and following every game
- Exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from practice, skate arounds, postgame, etc.
- "Hawk Talk" blog updates from Myers and Chris Boden, news articles, photo galleries and more
Nobody was more excited to have the Chicago Blackhawks just barely make it into the playoffs than Comcast SportsNet. The regular season ratings for the defending Stanley Cup Champions have been the highest in the Chicago regional sports network history, and they fully expect these playoff ratings to be record-setters, as well.
With the Blackhawks now in their post-season, that will have an impact on previously scheduled programming on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The changes include:
- Wednesday, April 13: The Chicago Bulls at New Jersey Nets game will be live on Comcast SportsNet at 7:00pm, as originally scheduled, but will stop abruptly at 8:30pm to break away for Blackhawks coverage. It will then be seen only on CSN+ for the remainder of the game and for the post-game show. (It will also start at 7:00pm on CSN+, for those who do not want to change channels mid-game.)
- Friday, April 15: The Chicago White Sox vs the Los Angeles Angels game will be live on Comcast SportsNet at 7:00pm, as originally scheduled, but will stop abruptly at 8:30pm to break away for Blackhawks coverage. It will then be seen only on CSN+ for the remainder of the game and for the post-game show. (It will also start at 7:00pm on CSN+, for those who do not want to change channels mid-game.)
- Tuesday, April 19: The Chicago Cubs vs the San Diego Padres game will only be live on CSN+ starting at 7:00pm.
Check your local cable/satellite guide for what channel CSN+ will be found on. In the Chicago area, it is most often found on CLTV's channel.
The Chicago Blackhawks organization are 20% owners in Comcast SportsNet Chicago.