Part One of this feature ran earlier today.
For the introduction â€“ Fantasy Chatter: Undervalues and Deep Cuts
By Lane Myer
FANTASY â€˜HAWK FACTOR
Not much in the way of undervalued Blackhawks this season unlessÂ Teuvo KoivuÂ captures a top 6 role due to injury, orÂ Jeremy MorinÂ skates top 9 minutes all season long. Â Â Nick LeddyÂ would normally be a trendy target to peg for a break out season should he happen to come upon top 4 pairing minutes and a wealth of Â PP opportunities, but it seems like Leddy may beÂ bumped offÂ of the second PP unit in favor of Richards and Seabrook if recent events come to fruition. Â Â Perhaps an ill-advised trade is forthcoming which may in turn bump Leddy’s value back to where it should be.
The wildcard would have to beÂ Brandon Saad. Â See Breakout Candidates section above. Â Â If there is one Hawk, health provided, who should easily out earn his draft position, it’s Saad.
Patrick KaneÂ is typically overvalued in fantasy drafts by a round or two each year, but he’s a reliable star who sparingly misses games. Â There is value in certainty. Â Read more
Posted in Fantasy Hockey
Tagged Anton Khudobin, Ben Scrivens, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Cam Ward, Darcy Kuemper, Fantasy Chatter, Fantasy Hockey, Frederik Andersen, Goalies, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jhonas Enroth, John Gibson, Lane Myer, Michael Neuvirth, Niklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, The Third Man In, Viktor Fasth
By Brad Vandenberk
After a weekend of beating two Eastern Conference teams in the Islanders and Sabres, the Blackhawks sent off to Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday to take on the Hurricanes.
The last time these two teams met was October 28th during the 2011-2012 season, when the cardiac Canes shutout the Hawks 3-0.Â Coming into Tuesdayâ€™s contest, the Canes were coming off a weekend of disappointment, only grabbing 1 out of a possible 4 points.Â The Hawks next seven games see them play four more Eastern teams before the month of November, when it is four weeks of Western conference foes.Â Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Alexander Semin, Blackhawks, Cam Ward, Carolina, Corey Crawford, Eric Staal, Game recap, Hurricanes, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Michal Rozsival, Patrick Sharp, Ron Hainsey
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks opened flat and never recovered in Carolina, dropping just their second game of the season in regulation by a score of 3-0. Cam Ward and Corey Crawford dueled through the first two periods, but the Hurricanes were able to break through for a pair of goals in the third to put the Blackhawks away.
The Hawks got a great first shift from the Jonathan Toews line, but Carolina got on the board first just over three minutes into the first period. When the two fourth line centers squared off for a faceoff to Corey Crawford’s left, Tim Brent tied up Marcus Kruger‘s stick and passed back to Tim Gleason at the point. Gleason’s wrist shot was deflected in the slot by Brent, the puck jumping off his stick and into the back of the net.
Later in the period, Patrick Kane was called for a double minor high-sticking penalty at the 14:27 mark of the first. It was actually the stick of Dan Carcillo that clipped Eric Staal just after the faceoff, forcing the Carolina captain to immediately make his way to the dressing room. The Canes power play unit, having gone just 1-for-13 over their last three games, managed only three shots on Crawford during the four minutes of man advantage time. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Sutter, Cam Ward, Chad LaRose, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Eric Staal, Hurricanes, Jiri Tlusty, Tim Gleason