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NEWS: Full Schedule for First Round vs. Golden Knights

Chicago, Vegas to open First Round matchup on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. CT

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights will kick off their 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round matchup on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

Six of the possible seven games will air locally on NBC Sports Chicago, with Saturday's Game 3 airing nationally on NBC. All seven possible games of the series will air on WGN-AM 720 and in Spanish on WRTO-AM 1200.

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BLOG: Blackhawks to Face Golden Knights in First Round

Chicago, Vegas to meet for first time in postseason during First Round of 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks now know their opponent in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Vegas clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche in the third and final game of their round robin schedule as one of the top four teams in the West by points percentage. 

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BLOG: Game 4 Set for 5:45 p.m. Puck Drop Friday

First elimination game of Qualifying Round series set for 5:45 p.m. CT

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Your Friday happy hour plans are set. 

Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Oilers is set for puck drop at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 7 from Rogers Place in Edmonton. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN and locally on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN 720-AM, as well as WRTO-AM 1200 in Spanish. 

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BLOG: Veterans a Calming Presence to Rookies Following Playoff Loss

Debutants getting first taste of playoff ups and downs following Game 2 loss to Edmonton

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

On the youngest roster in Phase 4, it's up to the veterans to lead the way into Game 3 against the Oilers. 

For the young players on Chicago's roster -- including 10 who saw the ice in the opening two games -- the loss on Monday night is the first real test of adversity. It's easy to keep the confidence high when you're winning, but coming off the first loss of the postseason, those who have been through the ups and downs of the playoffs will be leaned on as a calming presence in the locker room. 

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BLOG: Caggiula Suspended for Game 2

Forward issued one-game suspension for illegal check to the head during Saturday's Game 1

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula has been suspended for Game 2 of the Qualifying Round. 

During the second period of Game 1, Caggiula delivered check on Oilers forward Tyler Ennis -- deemed by the NHL Department of Player Safety an illegal check with the head as the principal point of contact in an avoidable situation. Following a hearing on Sunday, Caggiula was issued a one-game suspension. 

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BLOG: Sikura Ready to Step In if Called | #FifthThirdBetter

Third-year forward looking to build off strong showing in training camp

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

As the Blackhawks open Game 1 against the Oilers on Saturday, Dylan Sikura in all likelihood won't be in the lineup. But he's waiting, and ready, should his number be called in the coming weeks. 

With a short three-week camp to get ready for playoff hockey, the main forward group in practices has largely stayed at the 12 skaters expected to make up head coach Jeremy Colliton's opening afternoon lines, but Sikura is perhaps the strongest candidate at No. 13.

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BLOG: Entwistle Takes Big Strides in Rookie Year | #FifthThirdBetter

The 6-foot-3 forward named Rockford's most improved during 2019-20 season

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

For MacKenzie Entwistle, the hard work is paying off in his adjustment to the pro game. 

The 6-foot-3 forward was named Rockford's Most Improved Player during the 2019-20 campaign, finishing fourth in scoring with 26 points (11G, 15A) in 56 games and second among rookies behind Brandon Hagel. Entwistle's strong season came after a slow start with just one assist in his first five contests and finding the scoresheet in only four of his first 12 games. 

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BLOG: Special Teams Crucial Against Dual-Threat Oilers

Chicago's Qualifying Round opponent not only had top power play, but second-ranked penalty kill during regular season

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Special teams are key in any game, but for the Blackhawks' Qualifying Round series against the Edmonton Oilers, they could be the difference.  

During the truncated 2019-20 season, the Oilers owned the league's best power play unit, operating at a lethal 29.5 percent efficiency -- a full four percentage points higher than the second-place Boston Bruins and the highest conversion rate the NHL's seen since the late 1970s. On the flip side, they also boasted the NHL's second-ranked penalty kill at 84.4 percent. 

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BLOG: Regula Making Jump from Juniors to NHL Playoffs | #FifthThirdBetter

Acquired in an early-season trade, Alec Regula getting his first taste of Blackhawks organization in playoff atmosphere

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

It can be daunting entering your first NHL training camp as a rookie in the Fall. Sure, in most cases you've had either a prospect camp or two to get your feet wet, perhaps a trip to Traverse City and the annual rookie tournament to jumpstart your game before the veterans come in, but nothing can get you ready for the real thing.

Alec Regula, though, had none of that experience to fall back on the past few weeks.

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BLOG: Kurashev Shows Improvement in First Pro Season | #FifthThirdBetter

Forward turned corner in rookie year before injury derailed momentum late

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Among the 31-man roster that made the trip to Edmonton for the Blackhawks on Sunday, Philipp Kurashev's inclusion might've flown under the radar. But the Blackhawks know it won't be that way for much longer. 

"He's got high-end offensive creativity," Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. "He's got great vision, great skills, quick hands, he can score, he can make plays."

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