According to several NHL sources, the Blackhawks will open their season Saturday, January 19th in Los Angeles when they take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Kings.
While a game time hasn't been confirmed, the Los Angeles Clippers, who also play their home games at the Staples Center, have a game that night against the Washington Wizards. With that in mind, it's very likely that the Hawks / Kings game could be the first of NBC's Saturday afternoon national hockey broadcasts.
Last season, the Blackhawks went 1-3-0-1 vs LA, and were shut out twice.
The rest of the Blackhawks and NHL schedule should be released late this week or early next week. Stay tuned to the Red Light District as the schedule unfolds.