The Chicago Blackhawks are home for their third Stanley Cup Banner Raising in 6 seasons tonight, and they don’t get a cupcake in the season opener that’s for sure. The NHL kindly invited the New York Rangers and all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the United Center to be the Chicago Blackhawks guests as the banner gets raised to the rafters tonight.
The teams were both two of the favorites to make the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, but the Rangers could not get past the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blackhawks and Rangers played twice last season with both games going to the road team in 1-0 victories.
The Chicago Blackhawks have their core and a bunch of new faces including a player that everyone is excited to watch in Artemi Panarin. He was fun to watch in the one preseason game he played in last week, and he gets to play with fellow Russian and 2nd line center Artem Anisimov who is another big addition to the team acquired as we all know from the Brandon Saad trade.
This is of course an Original 6 matchup which will bring a lot of nostalgia during the telecast, but in the end it will be between two teams that are trying to start their new seasons with a lot of promise off on the right foot.
Now if you are wanting to watch the red carpet entry and all of the Chicago Blackhawks pregame head over the CSN+ for all of the pregame festivities starting at 5pm, and here is a link to their schedule tonight.
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As for the actual game and the banner raising ceremony, here is all you need to know about tonight’s game from the United Center.
Game Time– 7:oopm
TV Listings– NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN 720 Am
Live Streaming– NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
As you have read on our site today, and if you haven’t been in a cocoon for sometime, the biggest obstacle for most fans today will be that the Chicago Blackhawks home opener and banner raising conflicts with the Chicago Cubs wild card playoff game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
So which game will you be watching? My bet is most people will be watching the Cubs game and flipping back to the Blackhawks games during the commercial breaks. Of course if you are at the United Center tonight, they are also trying to accommodate Chicago Cubs fans with these additions during the game tonight.
It’s gameday! Will you be watching tonight?