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Lindbloom’s View: Forks in the Road to Stanley

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“Walking down that lonesome road
Fly with me on fire,
Lookin’ for that windy place
Searchin’ ever higher.
High upon a mountain top
Fortress thick and bonded,
Thoughts about a brighter day together in the sun.” – Jorma Kaukonen

By Rich Lindbloom

So it is, the Blackhawks begin their assault on the Mount Stanley, on the road against the hated Nashville Predators. (Actually, there’s never been a lot of hate between these two teams – but with it being playoff season and all it’s time to ratchet up the antipathy!) The truth of the matter is there are no easy roads to eventually hoisting the Cup. That road is littered with potholes, speed bumps, detours and bad calls by the refs. As Al Michaels so brilliantly noted, get ready “to die a thousand deaths” Hawk fans.  Hell, even making the playoffs is an arduous process; seldom is that road a straight line! Whoever will be left standing, “high upon a mountain top,” at the end of the long and winding road, will not be playing on cruise control. As my dad used to say before all eleven of us would pile into the Chrysler station wagon, make sure you go to the bathroom before we leave, because we’re not stopping! (i.e. they’ll be no stopping to visit Mrs. Murphy) Read more »

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TTMI 2015 All-Fantasy Team, Top 25 Over/Underachievers Revisited & Making the Grade: Back Pats Abound

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By Lane Myer

So how’d we do?

For reference, here’s what we said for our pre-season picks back in issue #1. Looks pretty good on the surface, but let’s take a closer look…

TTMI Top 10 Undervalued

* With this group we were mainly looking at mid-round ADP players, meaning those with an ADP of 90 or higher.

1. Patric Hornqvist if it weren’t for injuries would likely have been a top 25 fantasy player this year. At the All-Star break he was ranked #17 overall in standard sized leagues. Even though Hornqvist ended up missing 18 games, he still outperformed his ADP of 96 and finished the season at #66 overall. +1

2. Radim Vrbata had an ADP of 138 and with 31 goals and 63 points (23 on the PP) ended the season at #28 overall. Amazingly, he was taken off the Sedin line for the majority of the final 6 or so weeks otherwise he probably would have been a top 20 fantasy player. Big win here. +1 Read more »

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Hawks wrap regular season in loss at Colorado

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks had a game to play in Colorado Saturday night. The Hawks playoff position was locked in earlier that afternoon when St. Louis beat Minnesota. Knowing that they would travel to Nashville to start the postseason, there was little reason for Chicago to put a lot of effort into beating the Avalanche.

The Blackhawks drew even late in the game only to surrender a late power play goal to lose their regular season finale 3-2. Since the Hawks were just running out the clock, I figured I’d let the 11-year-old handle the recap tonight. See you in a few paragraphs for some thoughts.

First Period-Some of the players took the ice, except Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. Cody McLeod scored midway through the opening period. The Blackhawks and Avs went up and down the ice, trading scoring chance before and after this happened. Everyone played nice and there were no penalties. Read more »

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Wild ruin Hawks regular season home finale

By Brad Vandenberk

The final home game of the regular season played at the United Center arrived for the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. The visiting Minnesota Wild played their boring style of stifling teams to shot from the outside helping Devan Dubnyk make saves. It was successful as Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker both scored to guarantee a Wild playoff spot with a 2-1 victory. Bryan Bickell scored late and Corey Crawford was playoff ready making some sensational saves, but putting the puck in the net is number one and the Hawks just didn’t have it.

Kimmo Timonen did not dress for this one with an upper body injury. It was announced, after the absence of Brad Richards during the morning skate, that the veteran would be done for the rest of the regular season with an upper body injury as well. This gave the opportunity for Kyle Baun to make his NHL debut. Joakim Nordstrom made his way back onto the fourth line, sending Andrew Desjardins back to the press box. David Rundblad and Michal Rozsival were both in the lineup. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: The Final Countdown: Maxing Out

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The Week Ahead: April 6 – April 12

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

By Lane Myer

Even though this is the end, my faceless friends, all of the fun and merriment doesn’t end this week.  Hopefully you’ve found at least a few things useful in any time spent reading this drivel here and there.   On the off-chance you find TTMI solely for this column, we will return at least a few more times after the regular season concludes with a few wraps while updating our overwhelmingly popular Top 50 Under 25 Rankings list for keeper/dynasty leaguers, as well as our Top 25 Under and Overachievers list updated with second half performances. We might even come up with a post as a how’d we do to see how we did as far as pegging players worth picking up and revisiting pre-season predictions or whatnot. Keep an eye out for an All TTMI Fantasy Team. Read more »

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Blackhawks Succumb To Allen-Led Blues, Lose 2-1

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks scored first in a big game at the United Center against the St. Louis Blues Sunday night. However, they weren’t able to survive a pair of St. Louis goals in the second period and Jake Allen and the Blues defense came away with the win. The Blackhawks wound up on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

The Blues move to the top of the Central Division with the victory. Chicago sits in third behind St. Louis and Nashville.

First Period-Crawford had to make a couple of stops early in the third minute on consecutive shots by Jori Lehtera and Olli Jokinen. In the fifth minute, Crawford denied T.J. Oshie. Jake Allen, in goal for St. Louis, had Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell coming at him shortly after. Allen sent away Bickell’s shot attempt at the right post.

Crawford sent a clearing attempt over the glass ten minutes in to hand the Blues a power play for delay of game. St. Louis peppered the goal in the resulting two minutes but the Hawks net-minder kept the Blues from converting on his miscue. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: The Dew Drop In

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“Now the last I wanted was to get into a fight
in Jackson Mississippi on a Saturday night
especially when there was three of them and only one of me.” – Charlie Daniels
(From the song UneOasy Rider – many of you will know it as The Do Drop Inn)

By Rich Lindbloom

I’m not sure two games with those hated rivals, the St Louis Blues, is just what the doctor ordered as we head into the playoffs. Let’s just say there’s always a possibility of a full blown donnybrook breaking out when these two bitter rivals meet. Sometimes it’s on the ice, sometimes it’s in the stands.

My friend Bobby went to a Blues vs. Hawks game a few months after the 1984 NLCS game, where Leon Durham miss played a sharply hit ground ball. In ABC announcer Don Drysdale’s words, “Ground ball hit to Durham…RIGHT THROUGH HIS LEGS…we’re tied at three.” Bobby was attending the game with a friend and their two dates, politely applauding the righteous Blackhawks efforts that evening. Some knucklehead Blues fan kept repeating Drysdale’s words, in a obvious attempt to stir things up. Read more »

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Johnny to the rescue, Hawks get by Sabres 4-3

By Michael Calvert

In a game where the Hawks could really use the win and the Sabres really could use a loss, this game wound up developing into a nail biter, go figure.

1st period: The Hawks jumped all over the Sabres to begin the game, as anticipated. Keith netted the first goal only 2:16 into the game on a slapper glove side with Bickell providing the screen.

The Hawks maintained pressure for the next few minutes and at around the 4:00 mark really started pouring it on. The Sabres managed to weather that storm keeping the score at 1-0.

At 8:36 in the first, Sharp put a beauty of a move on the Sabres hapless d man and beat Lindback with a nice wrister, at this point it’s 2-0 and looks as though the rout is on. Read more »

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Hawks clinch playoff berth in 3-1 win over VAN

By Brad Vandenberk

After winning a tough back to back against Winnipeg and LA, the Blackhawks looked to continue the momentum on Thursday with a visit from the Canucks. Vancouver was also in a playoff battle hoping to lock up a playoff spot with a victory last night.

But it was the Hawks that would be guaranteed a spot in the 2015 postseason with a 3-1 win behind the strong net minding of Corey Crawford. He stopped 36 shots making some great saves on most of the Canucks stars. Teuvo Teravainen, Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger all the put puck past Eddie Lack. Kruger picked up an assist and the second star of the game. Read more »

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