Blackhawks Announce 2016-17 Home Opener

The Blackhawks will open the home slate of the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, Oct. 12, against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.

The rest of the 2016-17 regular season schedule will be released by the NHL at noon CST on Tuesday.

15 thoughts on “Blackhawks Announce 2016-17 Home Opener

  1. Realist. Perron gone. Rozsival probably gone. Shaw and Backes possibly gone. I’d say Backes has the highest chance of staying

  2. They need to focus on making a proper sch that’s consistent through the 82games (without stuff like 3 in 4 nights and 3 days off between those games in the first 6wks of season).

    Instead of trying to force games/matchups from previous yr/s down peoples throats (need to have no games between teams that played in playoffs/finals, etc for the first 5or10 games).

    Try to sch each team to the same amount of back to backs/3 in 4s, 8 in 13 or 14 in 24 bs. Get your shit together.

  3. HH-not sure Toronto wants to get much better this year-unless they go for Stamkos, which I don’t think will happen-
    they would prefer to get another top 5 or 6 pick this coming year and be good in about three years–so although they have the room they might not have the will.

  4. David Perron, he’s got the smoke visor over Backes’ shoulder. Blues traded him to Edmonton..who traded him to Pittsburgh…who traded him to Anaheim.

  5. For my American cousins who may occasionally get to watch “Hockey Night In Canada” the main host, George Stroumboulopoulos, has been sent down the river and replaced by former long time host Ron MacLean.

    Strombo, as he was known, had been the host since 2014, replacing Ron MacLean. The thinking was that he was hip and cool and would usher in a new era for a new generation but the youth of today are not interested in hockey too much and his style did not pan out with the mainstay older generations of Canadians who made up the bulk of the audience.

  6. MM – I get to see HNC infrequently but I always wondered where they got the strange dude. He seemed way out of place with the other great contributors and his name is off the charts impossible to pronounce! Good decision.

  7. If I recall correctly the change was due to change in HNIC rights going to a different station?

  8. Ernie- The rights to Hockey Night in Canada went from the CBC to Rogers…Rogers kept all the old gang, including MacLean, who they kept as Don Cherrys sidekick for Coaches Corner. They also gave MacLean a series that ran on Sunday’s called “Hometown Hockey” with stories from dinky little towns and their rinks across the country. Strombo became the new host strictly as a move to win over the youth but it backfired real bad. The guy was a music host and art critic/supporter for crying out loud. Hockey fans were stunned senseless by this guy. It was a very bad move that has now been reversed.

    The big money deal that they got from Rogers has also backfired, with ratings way down from what was promised to advertisers. They want refunds, free air time and other compensation that is causing problems all the way down to even the Cap situation.

  9. See ye later Strombo,.,.loved your hair but,.,.,you were a fish outta water.

    MacLean is such a pro ,tons of knowledge ,.,.,.and he keeps old Mr. fancy ties in check.
    My old man and i stopped watching HNC because of the king of the cool straight leg power suit. Watered down ,contrived ,to much mashed potatoes and not enough meat.

  10. I was aware of Strombolopoulos’ background. The wonders of XM radio. The whole CBC and Rogers takeover thing seems convoluted in general. Things aren’t looking good for CBC as a result.

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