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Toews powers Hawks past Hurricanes; New guys debut; Teuvo Up To Stay; Ben Smith’s day, TVR update, IceHogs lose more guys

By Chris Block

After a weekend dealing with wild rumors of off-ice turmoil and supposed discord, the Blackhawks took to the ice on Monday with a couple of new faces and minus another. A United Center crowd announced as 21,641 watched the ‘Hawks cruise to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The win pushed the Hawks to five points up on Winnipeg in the Central Division and eight on the Minnesota Wild. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Hawks would finish 3rd in the Central and face the Blues in the first round. Winnipeg would play Nashville and Minnesota would cross over into the Pacific Division bracket by way of finishing second in the Wild Card standings. Chicago is still four points back of St. Louis and the Blues have a game in hand on them.

Jonathan Toews notched his 20th and 21st goals of the season as the Hawks easily dissected the Hurricanes defense. Brandon Saad kept pace with the Captain, scoring his 20th midway through the second after a solid Patrick Sharp forecheck that created a Carolina turnover. Marcus Kruger (6th) and Marian Hossa (18th) would round out Chicago’s scoring. Corey Crawford made 27 saves in earning his 25th win on the campaign.

Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen made their Blackhawks’ debuts. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 21 – The Final Countdown: Trade Deadline Fallout & Life Without Patrick Kane

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The Week Ahead: March 2 – March 8

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

By Lane Myer

TTMI’s Trade Central

That’s more like it. Following a trade-less week we have action and even some deals of heavy consequence. If you’ve been reading these TTMI fantasy pages throughout the season, you know we pen this post largely for standard size leagues. This week only, we’ll have some quick hits for deeper roster players involving recent trades.

- David Clarkson: dealt to Columbus in one of the strangest trades one will ever see, jumped right onto the Jackets’ first line replacing Cam Atkinson, although, later in the game, the two flipped lines. As fate would have it, Clarkson’s first game with Columbus included a matchup with his former employer in New Jersey. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: On Pond Stars and Kimmo Time

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By Rich Lindbloom

“Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional.”

The picture above depicts five “experienced” (i.e. – old as dirt) players that Stan Bowman overlooked in his attempts to fill the Black Hole that was created by Kaner’s injury. It was taken in the backyard of Spencer Arena last Saturday, on a beautiful afternoon for outdoor hockey. Pictured above is my brother John, yours truly, Kirk, Stash and Don “McSorley” Blocker. Literally, there is over 280 years of hockey experience in that snapshot. While many of you may be cursing the lingering presence of Old Man Winter, I think it’s safe to say all five of us are hoping for a few more weeks of sub 32 temperatures.  Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 20 – Trade Deadline Rumblings & the Waiver Wire: Ottawa Bias Edition

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The Week Ahead: Feb 23 – Mar 1

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

By Lane Myer

TTMI’s Trade Central

Week two of the run-up to the trade deadline revealed…nothing. Not even a minor trade involving a role player. Even the rumor mongering from respectable insider types was largely hushed aside from some speculation that Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli could be on the outs if Boston were to miss the playoffs. That led to some new names allegedly hitting the trade block including Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Malcom Subban and Dennis Seidenberg. Seidenberg is largely irrelevant for fantasy purposes and I think there is next to no chance Chara moves before the draft. I’m also putting little weight into Jordan Staal’s return to Pittsburgh rumors. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 19; TTMI Trade Central, Plus trade analysis, rumors, fantasy trenders, sleepers and more

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The Week Ahead: Feb 16 – Feb 23

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

By Lane Myer

It’s a busy NHL schedule (save for Arizona) this week with the rare 5 game schedule for the Islanders (get all your Islander players into your weekly lineup), as well as 17 other teams set for 4 games each this week. That of course provides a multitude of goalie streaming opportunities if one is in need of goalie counting stats. Of particular note, should your league be of standard size, Carolina has two back to back sets of games this week which should translate to Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin splitting those starts. For those in leagues where Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t owned, he makes a nice late week pickup with Tampa facing a back to back in Colorado and Arizona. Also of note, Eddie Lack should face the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils next weekend as well. Read more »

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Hossa Not Enough: Hawks return home, drop 3-2 shootout decision to Arizona

By Chris Block

Returning to their home ice for the first time since a 6-1 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes on January 20th, the Blackhawks faced off with the same desert sons on Monday night in front of 21,337 fans, the 302nd consecutive sellout crowd at United Center.

Marian Hossa repeated his efforts from Sunday’s win in St. Louis, again posting 2 goals in this, the Blackhawks first home game in 20 days, on Marian Hossa bobblehead night nonetheless.

Hossa was in top form Monday. The relentless back-checking, puck-hounding, puck-sniping beast that he has earned him a reputation as one of the game’s premier all-around performers put in a near perfect effort on his end.

But his two goals were not enough on Monday, as a late second period Patrick Kane unsportsmanlike penalty allowed Arizona to check back into a game they were largely being neutralized within up to that point. And a miraculous Mike Smith goal line stand with 16.3 seconds left in overtime kept the Blackhawks from returning to Chicago in winning fashion.

Lucas Lessio and Antoine Vermette beat Antti Raanta with different slick maneuverings in the shootout, while Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawk to convert on Smith. Read more »

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Hossa, 2nd line again ignite Blackhawks offense; trip to desert yields 6-4 victory

By Brad Vandenberk

The Blackhawks continued their back-to-back opening weekend road trip on Sunday night in Phoenix.  A dually important matchup to Chicago, as these were the same Coyotes that put them out in the first round of the playoffs last season.

After a convincing 5-2 win in LA on Saturday, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum and emotions high to start the season.  With only two home games in the next four weeks, it was important to get the wins on the road when they could.  Read more »

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Phoenix eliminates ‘Hawks with 4-0 win in Game 6, Coyotes win all three games played at United Center in the series

By Brad Gardner

Phoenix closed out their first round series win over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a 39-save shutout by Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith. The ‘Hawks out-shot the visiting Coyotes 39-20 in the game but fell by a final score of 4-0. Rookie defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson opened the scoring in the second and assisted on another goal to help Phoenix pull away with three third period goals.

The Blackhawks dominated play in the opening period but came up empty on the scoreboard. They out-shot Phoenix 16-2 in the opening 20 minutes, winning foot races and board battles with consistency. Andrew Shaw, back in the line-up after serving a three-game suspension, had one of the best chances of the period by driving to the net and redirecting a pinpoint saucer pass from Patrick Kane.

Despite the one-sided opening frame, the teams dropped the puck for the second period scoreless. The ‘Hawks again carried play with prime scoring opportunities by Jonathan Toews on a strong drive to the net, Brendan Morrison with a weak one-time opportunity, and Niklas Hjalmarsson sending a heavy blast that Smith had trouble controlling. The Coyotes’ goaltender managed to snuff out each chance and soak up the rebounds. Read more »

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Blackhawks tie series 1-1 with more late night heroics

By Brad Vandenberk

Instead of white t- shirts on the seats of the Jobing.com arena, Game 2 of the western conference quarterfinal saw white pom pom’s riddled throughout the arena.  The Chicago Blackhawks needed a big win to avenge the loss they suffered on Thursday night in overtime.  Martin Hanzal’s tip past Corey Crawford gave the Coyotes and 1-0 lead in the series.  The Hawks were looking to head back to Chicago with a split in the series.  Read more »

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Toews Returns but Coyotes Win Game 1 in OT 3-2

By Jon Fromi

Jonathan Toews made an impressive return to the lineup Thursday as the Chicago Blackhawks opened their Western Conference Quarterfinal in Phoenix, tallying a goal and assist. Despite Toews and a late surge to the tie the contest, the Hawks succumbed in overtime as the Coyotes bested Chicago 3-2.

The Coyotes tried to establish a physical tone from the opening faceoff, but it was Andrew Shaw who registered a bit hit on Radim Vrbata that sent Phoenix’s leading goal scorer to the dressing room. Shaw had an open look on a rebound on the ensuing trip down the ice, but Coyotes goalie Mike Smith turned it away.

Toews got the scoring started with his play in the fourth minute. Gaining control of the puck behind the Phoenix net, the captain attempted to center to Patrick Kane. Toews wound up gathering in the failed connection and shoveled a backhand that escaped the grasp of Smith. At the 4:04 mark, the Blackhawks led 1-0. Read more »

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