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Blackhawks announce slate of national TV broadcasts

A team in a rebuild? Not in the ratings, apparently.

IL: Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

While the Chicago Blackhawks have little interest in winning many games during the 2022-23 NHL season in hopes of landing a top draft pick in 2023, the team’s ability to fetch TV ratings is not affected by that strategy — at least in the eyes of the NHL.

On Wednesday afternoon, the team announced its national broadcast schedule while also announcing a handful of changes to start times.

There will be three Blackhawks games broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2:

Five games will be broadcast exclusively online through ESPN+ and Hulu, which means those games will not be available via traditional cable subscriptions:

Six Blackhawks games will be broadcast on TNT, including the season opener:

According to the team’s press release, that Feb. 22 game against the Stars will not be broadcast in the Chicago market, which means the local broadcast will still carry that game in the Chicagoland area.

Four of the games above now have different start times to accommodate the national broadcast schedules and four other games were also affected:

Along with the television update, the Blackhawks announced that single-game tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Training camp opens one week later on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Adjust your fall and winter plans accordingly.