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“I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish American War.” – Dave Barry
By Rich Lindbloom
I came across the “Father and Sons” photo above one of the booths at Due’s on Ontario Street, in downtown Chicago. While we were waiting for our seats by the bar, my gaze was attracted to the photo like iron to a magnet. Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Mississippi Muddy Waters, (you know you bad when you have a state in front of your name!) and Keith Richards are caught in a black and white on July 8, 1978 at The Quiet Knight. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.
I’ve never been the hugest Rolling Stones fan – don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see them someday. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are the greatest “rock and roll” band ever. How the group could have survived over 52 years of life on the road, and remained together while producing countless hits, is certainly no small feat. (Although even the Rolling Stones have gathered a bit of moss during that time.) Read more
Hawks fall down three to Nashville, then rush back twice to tie, kick extra point in 5-4 shootout win Monday at United Center
By Michael Calvert
The game started out like a typical Preds game, slow with a lot of backing and forth-ing in the neutral zone. However, at 11:50 in the first, the Preds started rolling. Just as their power play expired, Roman Josi scores on a pretty give and go pass that Saad must have been impressed by as he too sat watching.
Craig Smith deposited a rebound at 17:12 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead, which feels insurmountable the way this game is going, not to mention Rinne’s 1.8 goals against average.
The Predators had 18 shots in the first period, this is not your father’s Preds, not even your older brother’s. Read more
Fantasy Chatter: Week 13, Down Goes Mike Smith (again), and a Favorable Blackhawks Remaining Schedule
The Week Ahead: Dec 29 – Jan 4
4 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAR, COL, DAL, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON, NASH, NJ, NYI, PHI, PIT, STL, TB, TOR
3 Game slates: ANA, ARI, CAL, CHI, CLB, DET, NYR, OTT, SJ, VAN, WASH, WINN
Back to Back games: BOS, BUF, CLB, DAL, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MON(x2), NASH, NJ, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ, STL(x2), TOR
By Lane Myer
The NHL predictably ramped up the post-Christmas schedule with all 30 organ-i-zations playing at least 3 games this week. The schedule also includes a heavy dose of 4 gamers, and 19 back to back tilts. Hence it’s another good week to stream some backup goalies if you’re still in need of making up some ground in your league’s goalie counting stats.
With Montreal engaging in two sets of back to back contests this week, Dustin Tokarski would seem like the best pickup. Sadly for goalie streamers, there is already some speculation that Carey Price may be in goal for both back to back nights to open the week given that Montreal has had almost a week off, and Price has started all 10 of Montreal’s December games. Read more
By Jon Fromi
First Period-It was a wild opening twenty; Chicago was a bit out of sorts but managed to match the Avs goal output. The Hawks struggled to establish possession in the Colorado zone but looked to remedy that when Brandon Saad was tripped by Ryan O’Reilly at 3:14 of the first period.
Chicago failed to use its man advantage effectively and the Avalanche got a shorthanded breakaway attempt. Fortunately, Alex Tanguay struck the left post and the chance went by the wayside.
Colorado took a 1-0 advantage late in the seventh minute. Nathan McKinnon took a pass from Maxime Talbot, crossed his blue line and maneuvered past Johnny Oduya across the red line. Outracing the Hawks defense, McKinnon reached the top of the right circle before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Corey Crawford at the 6:56 mark. Read more
“The Buddy System is a procedure in which two people, the “buddies,” operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other.”
Advantages: In adventurous or dangerous activities, where buddies are often required, the main benefit of the system is improved safety; each may be able to prevent the other becoming a casualty or rescue the other in a crisis.
By Rich Lindbloom
Don’t ask me why, but I think the “One Goal” commercials have outlived their usefulness. We know them all by now; “Be the first one here every day,” “Be the goalie’s worst nightmare,” “Be the best ‘Johnny’ on the team,” “Make sure these guys are achieving their goals,” “Learn how to drink and attend concerts,” ‘Become a better rapper,” “Say two words – Hawks Win,” “Stop more pucks than the goalie,” blah, blah, blah. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any sappier, they show Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in one that at least made me smile. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
After playing with heart hearts on Sunday after the tragic loss of Clint Reif, the Blackhawks hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Most of the Jets players were once part of the Hawks organization so this made for an emotional match up. The Jets played a picture perfect road game and made the Hawks look like the defeated team they have been the past few days. Corey Crawford was pulled at the 4:30 mark of the 1st period leaving Antti Raanta in the crease to finish this 5-1 loss. This is the last game before a 3 day NHL Christmas break and it couldn’t have come a better time for the Hawks. Spending time with family and friends is exactly what is required to refocus before they visit Colorado on Saturday.
Brad Richards missed his second consecutive game with an upper body injury. Although he did take part in the morning skate which means he’s not far from returning. David Rundblad was in and Tim Erixon was scratched for this game. Michael Hutchinson made 38 of 39 saves to win again at the United Center. The last time Hutchinson played the Hawks was on November 2nd stealing a shutout in a 1-0 win. Read more
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
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
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