Fantasy Chatter: Week 12, Leddy Drives and Netting a Timeshare in Winnipeg

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The Week Ahead: Dec 22 – 28

3 Game slates: ANA, ARI, NASH, PIT, WASH
2 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, CET, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, SJ, STL, TB, TOR, VAN, WIN
1 Game slates: MON
Back to Back games: ANA, ARI, NASH, PIT, WASH

By Lane Myer

This holiday week will obviously be a slow one in fantasyland with only five clubs set to play more than two games. If your head-to-head league scores this week as one stand alone week, make sure you have enough starts in goal to meet your weekly minimum requirement. If you play in a league where rosters lock on Monday, it’s a good week to sit all Montreal players you own in lieu of their one game schedule. If you need to add a goalie start off the wire for the week, the backup situation is pretty light given the choices of Bryzgalov, Dubnyk, Hutton, Greiss or Justin Peters.   On paper the best bet may have been Thomas Greiss who would seem a good choice to face Florida while Fleury grabs the Lightning matchup the following night, but Greiss was ill this past week and has undergone testing for mumps. So he may not even be available. Read more »

Raanta backstops 4-0 shutout of Leafs on emotional day for the Blackhawks

By Michael Calvert

Sunday night, the once hot, but now cold Maple Leafs came into Chicago on the heels of being blown out by Philly at home. Their luck wasn’t much improved as Raanta was as solid as need be and the Hawks put together a tight, complete game on their way to a 4-0 shutout.

Brad Richards was not in the lineup so the lines looked slightly different: Read more »

Blackhawks Fall To Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets Win Extended Shootout 3-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks visited Nationwide Arena Saturday night looking to take two points from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky, only a single point could be claimed. Columbus rode their goalie to a 3-2 shootout victory as Bobrovsky made 39 saves.

The Blackhawks had plenty of chances but ultimately dropped the game in what turned out to be an nine-round shootout. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for Chicago in the losing effort.

First Period-Brandon Saad was tripped while chasing a rebound by Ryan Johansen 30 seconds into the game. That put the Hawks up a man right off the bat. Despite keeping the puck in the Columbus zone and getting a couple of shots on goal, Chicago could not convert. Read more »

No Keith, No problem: Hawks grind out 5-3 win over the Wild

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed divisional rival Minnesota Wild into the United Center on Tuesday night. It was their first match since the Hawks dismissed Minnesota from the playoffs last year. Earlier in the morning it was announced that Duncan Keith would miss this game with an illness. With the mumps being all over the NHL, it has yet to be determined what Keith is going through. Antti Raanta was between the pipes for this one with Niklas Backstrom taking the visitors crease.

The Hawks relied on their big guns to take this one. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith all scored as the Hawks grinded out a 5-3 victory. Originally David Rundblad was in Keith place, but that was quickly changed before the second period even started, as the defensive pairings changed. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Inaugural Mailbag, Neal vs Hornqvist, Waiver wire; 2011 Draft Edition

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The Week Ahead: Dec 15 – 21

4 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAR, NJ, OTT, PHI, TB, TOR
3 Game slates: ANA, CAL, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON, NYI, NYR, PITT, STL, WASH, WINN
2 Game slates: ARI, NASH, SJ, VAN
Back to Back games:
ANA, BOS, BUFF(twice), CAL, CAR, CHI, COL, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, OTT, PHI, TB(twice), TOR

By Lane Myer

* NOTE: it’s a heavier than normal Sunday schedule this week which translates to a number of Saturday & Sunday back to back scenarios which can be beneficial to those looking to stream some backup goalies.

In these here, lean fantasy hockey news times, we’ll reach into the tattered burlap TTMI Fantasy Chatter mailbag* and address a letter or one. Read more »

Hawks better than Flames

By Michael Calvert

The Calgary Flames seem to be regressing back to the norm as they have lost 4 straight coming into Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks, who had an 8-game win streak snapped the previous night on Long Island. The United Center is not an ideal location for ending poor-streaks and the Hawks were able to pull out a victory in a somewhat slow game.

1st period:

The first period was played fairly back and forth neither team looking particularly commanding. There were no goals and 1 penalty assessed to Hossa at 7:58 for tripping. The Flames would not threaten on their first pp, in fact the only scoring chance was for the Hawks. Read more »

Hawks 8-game win streak snapped by Islanders

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks 8-game winning streak came to an end on Long Island on Saturday night.

Dan Carcillo put the Hawks ahead for exactly six seconds in the second period when Jaroslav Halak stopped his shot but had the rebound pop high in the air and come down bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net. But a bad Duncan Keith giveaway in front of Scott Darling handed Cal Clutterbuck the tying goal six seconds after the Hawks took the lead.

Patrick Kane later notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Then the tide turned once again after a Kris Versteeg penalty midway through the third. Kyle Okposo nailed a Darling rebound on the ensuing New York power play. On the next shift the Hawks watched Isles’ defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dance through their zone and rip a shot by Darling’s stick to take a 3-2 lead, one Halak and the Islanders would not relinquish.

Darling was the star of the game for the Hawks. He stopped 38 shots in taking the 3-2 loss. Halak faced just 25 shots at the other end.

The second period was one of the Hawks’ worst periods of the year, but that’s not to take anything away from the Islanders, who were the better team overall in the latter two-thirds of Saturday’s contest. Read more »

Hawks Take 8th Straight with 3-2 Win in Beantown; Dahlbeck tallies 1st NHL goal, Toews suffers head injury

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks held off a late charge from the Boston Bruins Thursday night to extend their current win streak to eight games. The Hawks rode a big performance in net by Scott Darling along with a nice evening by Ben Smith to a 3-2 road victory.

First Period-Smith was the catalyst for the opening tally, maneuvering the puck behind the net and hitting a wide open Klas Dahlbeck just above the left dot. Dahlbeck’s blast beat Tuuka Rask at the 9:10 mark to put Chicago up 1-0. Rask was fooled as Dahlbeck’s shot was slightly re-directed when his own forward, Seth Griffith, stuck his stick in the open lane and tipped the shot. The goal was Dahlbeck’s first in the NHL. Read more »

More on Jeremy Morin’s AHL “Conditioning” loan, his trade demand, possibilities; Rockford injury, coaching updates

By Chris Block

Jeremy Morin agreed to a maximum 14-day conditioning loan with the Rockford IceHogs for the dual purpose of getting the 23-year old left winger some game time and showcase the beleaguered now 5-year pro for a potential trade.

Morin had been designated a healthy scratch for 8 consecutive games leading up to the conditioning loan. He last played on November 20th in Calgary.

Rockford embarks on a 6-game road trip starting in Milwaukee tonight (Dec 10th). Thus it’ll be 19 days between games for Morin. He is expected to be in the IceHogs’ lineup tonight.

Should Morin remain with the Blackhawks’ organization for the duration of this loan, he’d have to be recalled from the loan on December 22nd, the day after Rockford’s road trip concludes. The Blackhawks can also recall him at any time before then.

There’s some interesting aspects to this move.

Morin’s agent, Pat Brisson (who also represents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) went to Stan Bowman in the middle of last week essentially requesting a trade on behalf of his client. Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times reported on Sunday (Dec 7) Morin’s side presented it as a “play me or trade me” type of proposal. Read more »

Sharp Returns: Hawks squeak past Devils, 3-2 in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

Patrick Sharp returned to the lineup after missing 14 games on Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks hit the road, beginning in New Jersey. The Devils arrived home late in the morning from their 2-1 win in Carolina the previous night. Keith Kinkaid made his NHL debut for the Devils and keep the Hawks at bay. Kinkaid stopped 37 of 39 shots the Hawks through at him, but he wasn’t able to survive the shootout. Chicago wins their seventh straight game with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scoring in the shootout. Scott Darling stops both Devil attempts winning his fourth game of the year. Read more »