Lindbloom’s View: Makin’ A Wreck Out of Me

Lindbloom_Header_2015FEb09“The Big Crap Game”

“Oooh, Las Vegas
Ain’t no place for a poor boy like me,
Every time I hit your crystal City you know
You’re gonna make a wreck out of me.”

By Rich Lindbloom

In 1975, Emmy Lou Harris recorded her first #1 Country Album entitled, Elite Hotel.  Besides the very catchy, Oooh, Las Vegas, the album contained an assortment of songs that included, Feelin’ Single, Seein’ Double, Sin City, Satan’s Jewel Crown and Till I Gain Control Again. The album and song came to mind after a less than stellar performance against the Wild bunch last Tuesday. Read more »

Hawks shut out back-to-back for first time in 8 years

By Brad Vandenberk

I thought the phrase was “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”? Well in Minnesota on Tuesday night the Blackhawks looked like they were still in a Vegas state of mind. It was apparent from the opening draw when the Wild came out flying on route to a convincing 3-0 win. After being shut out on Saturday night in San Jose, one would think there would be some kind of jump from a “rested” Hawks squad. Instead they come out and get shut out in back to back game for the first time since October 2006. That’s right before Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were on the scene. But wait there’s more. The second period saw the Hawks allow 24 shots in a single period. This was the first time all season that this was the case. A lot of questions will be asked after this one. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 17 Second Half Trade Targets: Buy Low/Sell High

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The Week Ahead: Feb 2 – Feb 8

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

By Lane Myer

With 13 NHL teams scheduled for four game slates this week it’s a prime opportunity to engage in some goalie streaming by checking back to back schedules. Unfortunately, for the those owners that need to protect your goalie ratio stats, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend too many of these opportunities given the teams that are scheduled for back to back games this week, really only the Rangers with Cam Talbot, the Sharks with Alex Stalock, and presumably the Lightning with Andre Vasilevskiy look like appealing choices. If you’re in a head to head league and can afford to roll the dice a bit more with your ratio stats, this is a good week to do so. Read more »

Sharks’ Antti Bests Hawks Antti to 2-0 Sharks Win

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks finished the month of January 6-6-1 after being shut out in San Jose Saturday night. Former Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi had a big night, stopping all 31 shots tossed his way as the Sharks beat Chicago 2-0.

(Note-I’m breaking my own format a bit tonight. Rather than offer three periods of “Niemi says no,” I’ll just tell you that while both goalies were stingy Saturday, this was Niemi’s victory.)

The only goal San Jose would need came five minutes into the game. Melker Karlsson brought the puck across the Chicago blue line and fed defenseman Matt Irwin at the top of the left circle. Irwin’s attempt came off Antti Raanta’s pads and provided a second chance for Karlsson. Raanta kept the shot out of the net again but couldn’t control the rebound. Karlsson was able to collect the loose puck and slip it between the Hawks goalie and the left post. Read more »

Hawks take the season series against Ducks with a 4-1 victory

By Brad Vandenberk

It didn’t take long for the Hawks to bounce back after succumbing to a late loss in LA on Wednesday night. They walked into the Honda center in Anaheim and beat the Duck 4-1 in what seemed to be a Hawks heavy crowd. Patrick Kane led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist putting him just 2 points behind the NHL’s league point leader. Patrick Sharp added 4 assists looking playoff ready. From the open puck drop the Hawks came at the Ducks testing Frederik Anderson. Andersen started this game after relieving Ilya Bryzgalov the previous night. Read more »

Hawks trade Clendening to Vancouver Canucks for Gustav Forsling

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By Chris Block

The Chicago Blackhawks made a deal late Thursday sending third-year pro Adam Clendening to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the rights to Gustav Forsling, 18, in a swap of prospect defenseman.

Forsling currently plays defense for Linköping in the Swedish Hockey League and has been a defense partner of 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 2nd round draft pick, Carl Dahlstrom. And the two have skated on the same team for the past three seasons in the Linköping organization. So, the Blackhawks know Forsling well.

Clendening, 22, was a Blackhawks’ 2nd round selection (36th overall) in 2011, a pick Chicago got from the Atlanta Thrashers the previous summer (along with defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy) in exchange for Andrew Ladd.

In this trade the Blackhawks now provide a somewhat clearer picture of the future of their blue line.  Clendening will report to to the Utica (NY) Comets, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, but could be called up to the NHL club soon where he’d be reunited with former IceHogs’ teammate and defense partner, Ryan Stanton. [Update 1/30/15 2pm CST: Clendening was recalled by the Vancouver to the Canucks on Friday. He was headed to Vancouver from Chicago on Friday. Canucks host Buffalo tonight. Clendening could be in the line up.] Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 16 – Replacing Rinne & Bobrovsky and First Line Roundabouts

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The Week Ahead: Jan 26 – Feb 1

4 Game slates: ARI, MON, NASH, PIT, WASH
3 Game slates: ANA, BUF, CAL, CAR, CHI, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, MIN, NJ, NYI, NYR, PHI, STL, TB, TOR, VAN, WINN
2 Game slates: BOS, COL, LA, OTT, SJ
Back to Back games: ANA, ARI, BUF, CAR, CHI, MON, NASH, NJ, PIT, STL, TOR, WASH (x2)

By Lane Myer

In recent vintage we’ve covered first half over and underachievers as well as TTMI’s Top 50 Keeper/Dynasty League Under 25 Rankings for those fledgling teams who are looking towards next season and have no alternative other than undergoing a rebuild.

Hopefully the amount on goalie info won’t be quite as daunting and time consuming as it was this week, so we hope to concentrate on those owners in redraft leagues who are in the middle of the pack in their respective league’s standings and need to start making their move now with some high risk/high reward trade targets. By that measure we’re talking about selling high on some first half over performers and targeting first half underperformers who may be primed for a second half market correction. Read more »

IceHogs’ shooters get one, enough; Leighton shuts out Iowa 1-0, sets IceHogs record

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By Chris Block

Rockford IceHogs accomplished something Thursday night they had not before this season – score 1 goal and win.

Matt Carey blasted a power play goal by Iowa Wild goalie John Curry with 6:44 remaining in the third period to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead, a score that stood as the final.

The IceHogs have scored 1 goal or less in 12 of their 43 games. That’s 27.9 percent of the season to date.

Previously Rockford had found ways to earn points without scoring a goal. They’ve lost 1-0 in overtime, another time in a shootout. But until Thursday they had not figured out how to win a game by a 1-0 score.

Michael Leighton stopped 23 shots in picking up his 11th win and 4th shutout this season and 40th of his career. Read more »

Rockford’s goal troubles: Numbers and numbers; Mark McNeill says no more raking leaves

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By Chris Block

Thanks to a terrific start to the season, the Rockford IceHogs still sit atop the MidWest Division a little past the halfway point of the AHL season.

But the past six weeks have been a struggle for the IceHogs. The team’s offense some nights is almost non-existent and the gap between Rockford and nearest contenders, Milwaukee and Chicago has narrowed.

When the IceHogs win they’re averaging 3.7 goals for versus 1.7 against.

In Rockford’s 19 losses (23-13-4-2), they’ve scored just 1.4 goals per game, while the goaltenders allowed 2.9 against.

“We got four goals [Friday, a 4-0 home ice win over Iowa], which was nice,” said IceHogs’ coach, Ted Dent.

“We haven’t had four goals in a long time. So, we’ll just keep chipping away at it.”

Since Thanksgiving, Rockford has put up 4 goals or more just 4 times. That represents a total of 22 games in which the IceHogs have averaged 2.09 goals for per game. Rockford’s record since Thanksgiving is 8-9-4-1. Two of those wins came via the shootout. Read more »

Hawks beat depleted Penguins squad in Shootout

By Michael Calvert

HOSSA, RUNDBLAD SCORE IN 3-2 SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT PITT

Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang were both hurt for last night’s game. Fleury has been so bad the last 11 games he may has well been hurt, but played fairly well last night.

1st period: The first started out pretty slowly with neither team putting up any real scoring chances. At right around 14:00 the Hawks began to turn it on, jumping all over the Penguins for a whole minute finally scoring on a Rundblad rocket slapper.

The Hawks committed the game’s first penalty at 11:21 with a hook by Oduya, it looked like a Pittsburgh penalty to me. The Penguins weren’t able to capitalize; in fact, the Hawks had more opportunities on the PK. Read more »