Defensemen lead way in Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory over San Jose; Hawks snap home losing streak

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks got three goals from the defensive corps to get out in front of the visiting San Jose Sharks Sunday night. The Hawks hung on to post a 5-2 victory at the United Center behind a solid effort from Corey Crawford to go with the first NHL goal for Trevor van Riemsdyk.

[editor’s note: The NHL changed the scoring on the Hawks’ first goal on Monday, taking it away from van Riemsdyk and crediting it to Kris Versteeg.]

First Period-The Blackhawks outshot San Jose 20-9 in the opening 20 minutes as Chicago defenders accounted for a trio of goals.

A nice hole by Johnny Oduya led to a scoring chance for Ben Smith in the slot. However, Logan Couture prevented Smith from getting off a shot. van Riemsdyk took a drop pass from Patrick Kane and sent a shot on goal that Antti Niemi smothered in the fourth minute. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 6 Deep Coughs, Goalie Watch & a Patrick Down

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The Week Ahead: Week 6, Nov 10 – Nov 16

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

By Lane Myer

The content will largely remain the usual moderately useful quality, but this week’s edition will likely appear more truncated due to the present author’s illness. Quite honestly I intended to sandbag this week’s edition and totally blow it off, but no sooner than five minutes after I intimated there would be no post this week, a heavy fisted knock from the front door revealed TTMI’s shadowy overlord, Chris Block, shorn to toe in nothing but a tunic and 24 eye black Doc Martens combat boots (feel free to burn that image into your mental hard drive), and his soupbones heavily taped. “No post this week, eh?”….while waiving heavily wrapped soupbones in a menacing manner. Let’s just get this over with. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: The Brothers Funkin’

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Funky [fungh-kee]

adjective – funkier, funkiest
adverb – funkily
noun – funkiness

1.  Jazz. Having an earthly, blues based quality or character.
2. Having an offensive smell: evil smelling; foul.

By Rich Lindbloom

While driving home from work the other day, I was adjusting the dial on the Sirius Radio towards the 24 hour Grateful Dead station. I momentarily paused when a song caught my eye on a station called “The Groove.” I mean, how can you pass up a song entitled Ain’t We Funkin,’ without at least giving it a passing nod? Almost immediately, my head started bobbin’ and my shoulders were moving to the grooving of the pulsating beat.  Read more »

Hawks find scoring, Crawford shuts door on Les Canadiens 5-0 at Centre Bell

By Brad Vandenberk

A road trip to La Belle Provence seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. After losing 1-0 on Sunday night at the United Center, the Hawks adjusted their line up heading into Montreal on Tuesday. It sent a message to most of the Hawks as they skated their way to a 5-0 victory over the Canadiens.

Home town kid, Corey Crawford obtained his first shutout of the year and 11th of his career, making 27 saves.   Jonathan Toews scored and early power play goal and the “fourth” line did the rest with Kris Versteeg, Bryan Bickell and Marcus Kruger combining for 4 points.

Patrick Sharp was injured in the third, being helped off the ice and did not return. Coach Q mentioned after the game that he would be “out for a bit”, but the team won’t know for sure until they return back to Chicago. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 5 Deep Cuts & Goalie Watch: Curb the Timeshare

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The Week Ahead: Week 5, Nov 3 – Nov 9

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

By Lane Myer

For those of you TTMI readers that have been riding Brock Nelson since we demanded that you do so dating back in the preseason, congrats. He has received his first crack at the top line which should only improve his stock. You may have to consider holding onto him at least until the Isles decide to move a struggling forward into his slot to give a random player a forced jumpstart with Tavares and Okposo.   Chances are Nelson, Anders Lee, and Grabovski will spend the forthcoming months bouncing around the top six, but so long as Nelson is riding shotgun with Tavares and Okposo, he’s a must start. Read more »

Hawks fall short in Toronto: Richards, Seabrook tally in 3-2 Leafs victory

By Jon Fromi

Corey Crawford made his return to the net in the Chicago Blackhawks game in Toronto Saturday night. It was his Maple Leafs counterpart, however, who was the story at the Air Canada Centre.

James Reimer stopped 45 or 47 Chicago shots to lead Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Brad Richards potted his first goal of the season and the Hawks power play was responsible for both goals. However, Reimer withstood 26 shots in the final 20 minutes to send the Blackhawks home with a loss.

First Period-The Maple Leafs gained an early power play in the third minute when Bryan Bickell tripped Sam Carrick. Chicago killed the penalty with little difficulty.

In the sixth minute, Jeremy Morin picked off a pass and headed to the net. His shot from the circle resulted in a rebound off of Reimer. However, Bickell’s second-chance attempt was also denied. Read more »

Hossa pots his 1,000th point, Hawks pick up the bonus point in a 5-4 shootout win at Ottawa

By Michael Calvert

Marian Hossa earned his 999th and 1000th NHL points Thursday night in helping his team overcome the franchise who originally drafted him, the Ottawa Senators, 5-4 in a shootout-deciding Blackhawks victory.

Hossa scored with 6:10 left in regulation time to give the Hawks a lead they would relent 4 minutes later. For Hossa, the goal represented his 1000th career point in his 1,100th career regular season game.

Jonathan Toews added two goals, but the Hawks could not hold onto the lead as Mika Zibnejada scored with just 2:08 remaining. Try saying that name 5 times fast, hell, try saying it once. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: Minor Miracles on Madison Street

Lindbloom_2014Oct30_ELawrence“There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

By Rich Lindbloom

Is it just me, or does it seem we’ve been treated to more vibrant Fall colors than usual? While reflecting on this flash mob of color, Einstein’s poignant observation always evokes powerful emotion within me. I realize I’ll probably offend a lot of people by attributing such beauty to our Creator. However, with each tree that becomes inflamed, I can’t but help see the fingerprint of God. Certainly, what I view as a miracle, many people merely see as a physical process whereby chlorophyll stops masking the yellow pigments, (xanthophylls), the orange pigments, (carotenoids), and the red and purple pigments, (anthocyanins).

They would quickly point out that the vivid colors in the trees can be explained merely by a natural, scientific process. Nope, nothing miraculous, just a changing of the pigments.  Read more »

Gibson, Ducks shutout Hawks 1-0 at the UC

By Chris Block

Tuesday night brought the Blackhawks’ biggest litmus test of the young season as the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks landed in town.

Joel Quenneville rolled out a mild surprise, revealing Scott Darling would get a second-consecutive start in goal after getting the win in his NHL debut against Ottawa on Sunday.

Darling was solid again, stopping 24 shots but the one he couldn’t get wound up being the difference in the game as the Ducks, behind rookie John Gibson, shut down the vaunted Chicago shooters, 1-0.

The Blackhawks power play went 0-3 on the night, but also surrendered a short-handed goal in the 3rd period that eventually determined the loss. It was the second time in six home games the Hawks power play has gone a ‘0-for’ this season. It was also the second consecutive game the Hawks gave up a short-handed tally and third time this year at home. The 3 shorties the Hawks have given up this season ties for the league lead. Read more »

Fantasy Chatter: Week 4’s Buy/Sell & Trending: Rescue the Blue line

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The Week Ahead: Week 4, Oct 27 – Nov 2

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

By Lane Myer

We’re now moving past the 10% of the season completed mark for some teams and it should become easier to filter out the pretenders on the waiver wire for you in standard 10-12 team leagues. If you’re in a 12 team league that rolls three lines those defenseman options on waivers are looking pretty ugly, aren’t they? Hope you snagged Vatanen, Boychuk, or Brodie!   We’ll cover the second wave of blueline options that you can consider below.   That said, the hot starts are petering out. The established players with a track record like noted Chris Block Perpetual Interference/Obstruction Running Hero, Hank Zetterberg, are producing again (someone might want to remind Toews and Hossa, though). Read more »