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Site notes: Mid-terms and Rankings; IceHogs injury updates [Updated]

By Chris Block

Just a couple quick notes ahead of the weekend.

Rockford IceHogs (21-12-3-1) will reach the halfway point of their season tonight when they host the Milwaukee Admirals inside the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. The ‘Hogs are 7 points up on Milwaukee in the standings, though the Admirals do hold three games in hand on Rockford. Ted Dent’s team leads its division (3rd in the conference) currently and remain 6 points up on both Grand Rapids and the Chicago Wolves, though each of those groups have multiple games in hand on the Hogs too.

Tonight is the back-end of a home and home set. Rockford lost 4-2 in Milwaukee last night. Phillip Danault and T.J. Brennan were the IceHogs’ goal scorers. Scott Darling was pulled in the second period after allowing the 4th goal against 29 shots, but the defense in front of him on a couple of those goals offered little assistance.

Stephen Johns (concussion) continues to be sidelined since being injured on a Stephane Veilleux hit on November 26th in Rockford. That was the same night Curt Gogol broke Alex Broadhurst’s arm when Gogol took a run at Broadhurst low in the IceHogs’ end. Read more »

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Clint Reif cause of death; Memorial Fund info

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By Chris Block

The death of Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Equipment Manager, Clint Reif was officially ruled a suicide on Tuesday.

Reif, 34, was found hanging and unresponsive in his Lombard home at 8:32 a.m. on the morning of December 21st, hours after returning home with the Blackhawks after a road game in Columbus, Ohio the previous evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lombard police and fire department.

The DuPage County Coroner’s office ruled the cause of Clint Reif’s death as “Asphyxiation due to hanging” in a brief statement released on Tuesday, January 6th.

Reif’s death had been an open investigation until Tuesday, when the coroner’s office and Lombard police closed the case after the results of toxicology exams were returned. There was no autopsy performed.

He was in his ninth season as an assistant equipment manager for the Blackhawks after spending one season with the Chicago Wolves. Prior to that, Reif worked for various minor league teams in Alabama, Florida and the Fort Wayne Komets, who Reif worked for while he attended high school from 1996 to 1999.  He graduated from Snider High School in 1999. Reif spent his teenage years in Fort Wayne after his family moved there from Chicago in 1993.

Reif is survived by his wife, Kelly, and four children – three daughters and a son.

A memorial fund has been set up for Reif’s children. Donations can be made to:

The Clint Reif Memorial Fund
c/o J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
120 E. Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

There will also be a Blackhawks Fan brunch on Sunday February 8th at The Ogden Chicago, 1659 W. Ogden Avenue from 11am to 3pm. The Blackhawks play in St. Louis at 11:30am on NBC that day. The brunch buffet costs $18.95 with a portion of that money going to the Clint Reif Memorial Fund.

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ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com
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Lindbloom’s View: Never Let Go

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“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb – and a brief summary of the chaotic victory over the Dallas Stars

By Rich Lindbloom

The above photo is a picture of our two Newfie’s laying claim to the same toy. Digit, the beast on the right, normally ends up losing these games of tug-of-war. George outweighs him by about 30#’s and is 100% Alpha. (Think Andrew Shaw vs. John Scott) The tussle usually begins after their walk, with Digit picking up the stuffed animal and sticking it in George’s face. The ensuing struggle does bear a striking resemblance to two bulls in a China shop.

While quite amused watching the two goof balls battle over the same toy, (there are plenty of other toys, but they always want the one the other has), I keep a wary eye on things that are breakable in the living room. They both tend to back up, while tugging, with little regard for what’s behind them. I’ve come to admire their 100% focus. Besides, I’ve never really liked the picture on our flat screen in that room, although knocking the Christmas tree over would have landed both in the doghouse. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 14 – TTMI’s Keeper/Dynasty League Top 50 Under 25 Rankings

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The Week Ahead: Jan 5 – Jan 11

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

By Lane Myer

As we foreshadowed two weeks ago, here is our maiden entry in the keeper or dynasty league sphere. We’ve ranked the top 50 players 25 years old or younger to perhaps use as a guide for those of you in keeper or dynasty leagues that will be undergoing a rebuild, or continuing to rebuild your roster for the forthcoming seasons.

If you’re a hardcore fantasy baseball player, you may be aware of the 500 inning plateau for young starting pitchers. Meaning that around 500 innings banked at the major league level, you begin to see what a starter is capable of…on average.   Data fluctuates a bit more wildly for hockey, but among NHL level defensemen, you start to see a similar maturation around their third to fourth and into their fifth professional season. This can be seen in Hawkland with Duncan Keith who was a 30 point player in his third year. He then jumped to a 44 point player in his fourth season and then soared to an elite level in his fifth year when he recorded 69 points en route to his first Norris Trophy. It was also true for Brian Campbell who rose to a 62 point season in his fifth full season.

With forwards the data is a little trickier. Some data suggests a forward peaks at 25, while some believe it’s anywhere from age 22 to 25. This is primarily why we’re keeping our requirements at age 25. Obviously this will vary wildly in terms of age range. Max Pacioretty broke out in his fourth year, but in those previous three seasons, he accrued essentially a season and a half’s worth of games. Then you look at a guy like Joe Pavelski who spent his first seven seasons becoming a prototypical second line center only to break out as an elite level first line scorer at age 29. Read more »

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Blackhawks Prevail 5-4 in OT Against Stars

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks came out on top of a see-saw affair Sunday night at the United Center, coming from behind four times and besting the Dallas Stars 5-4 in overtime. Patrick Sharp ended a wild night at the Madhouse with the game-winner early in the extra frame.

First Period-The Stars had an odd-man rush in the opening minute of action that was thwarted by a sliding Brent Seabrook. About a minute later, Chicago got some traffic in front after an Andrew Shaw shot from the left circle. Marcus Kruger got a stick on the rebound but Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen kept it out of harm’s way.

Niklas Hjalmarsson struck the post in the fourth minute. Soon after, the Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Tyler Seguin sent a shot off of the leg of Brandon Saad that Corey Crawford was able to stop with his pads. Jamie Benn pounced on the rebound and scored 3:59 into the period. Read more »

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Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer wins the Winter Classic for the Caps, Hawks fall 3-2

By Brad Vandenberk

The 2015 Winter Classic was decided with just 13 seconds remaining in the third period. Ex-Hawk Troy Brouwer found the puck on his stick at the top of the circle and beat Corey Crawford igniting the home fans taking the game 3-2. The outdoor elements were noticeable with the puck bouncing around all over the ice making it difficult to execute the stretch pass that the Hawks love to do, as well as enabling defensemen to keep pucks from jumping over the blue line.

Crawford kept the Hawks alive in the final period of the game making all kinds of saves. Braden Holtby at the other end, was just as sharp making sure the Capitals claimed victory. Michal Rozsival was back in the lineup after missing a few games due to injury. Tim Erixon and Joakim Nordstrom were the two Hawks watching the annual outdoor classic from the dugout.

Alex Ovechkin had a jump in his step on this day. He was all over the Hawks early, testing Crawford. Dan Carcillo and Michael Latta started the pushing and shoving right off the bat. Brooks Laich has a couple of solid opportunities and early on it looks to be an exciting start to the game. Read more »

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Winter Classic Game Highlights

From NHL.com

Troy Brouwer beats his former team, scoring with 13 seconds to go in regulation.

Final 3-2 Washington – Box Score and NHL.com recap

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Lindbloom’s View” A Quiet Knight Indeed

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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