The Week Ahead: Feb 2 – Feb 8
4 Game slates: ANA, BUF, COL, DAL, FLA, NASH, NYI, NYR, SJ, STL, TB, WASH, WINN
3 Game slates: ARI, BOS, CAL, CAR, CHI, CLB, EDM, LA, MON, NJ, OTT, PIT, TOR, VAN
2 Game slates: DET, MIN, PHI
Back to Back games: ANA, BOS, BUF, COL, CLB, DAL, FLA, MON, NASH, NJ, NYI, NYR, PIT, SJ, STL, TB, TOR, WASH, WINN
By Lane Myer
With 13 NHL teams scheduled for four game slates this week it’s a prime opportunity to engage in some goalie streaming by checking back to back schedules. Unfortunately, for the those owners that need to protect your goalie ratio stats, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend too many of these opportunities given the teams that are scheduled for back to back games this week, really only the Rangers with Cam Talbot, the Sharks with Alex Stalock, and presumably the Lightning with Andre Vasilevskiy look like appealing choices. If you’re in a head to head league and can afford to roll the dice a bit more with your ratio stats, this is a good week to do so.
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks skated into Anaheim Friday afternoon and took advantage of post-Thanksgiving bargains against a depleted Ducks defense. Chicago dominated most of the action on the way to a 4-1 victory.
With the win, Chicago has won four out of the first five games of its annual November road jaunt. The Hawks were in control throughout the matinee despite a game effort by Anaheim goalie Frederick Andersen.
First Period-The Hawks got their first shot on goal via Brad Richards late in the fourth minute. That attempt, gloved by Frederick Andersen, was followed by some increased offensive pressure on Chicago’s part. Anaheim put together a nice shift in the Hawks zone in the eighth minute, though Chicago eventually cleared the puck and posted the first tally of the contest.
By Rich Lindbloom
As I walked down the stairs at 5am on Friday morning, I took a nervous glance at the two hirsute beasts laying on their mats. Our Wheaten Terriorist had taken a turn for the worse recently, and had a growing mass on her back. The night before we noticed she was having a very difficult time walking, also giving up any interest in food. For you dog lovers out there, it had reached the time where you would offer the dog steak or ice cream, anything to try to get them to eat. Unfortunately, we all seemed to know it was only a matter of days before – pick one – Zoie, Zobo the Hobo, Dumb Blonde, Taco or Bird, would breathe her last.
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks twice pulled even Friday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks but were not able to avoid their third straight defeat. Play went to a shootout but the Hawks were on the short end of a 3-2 decision.
First Period-Corey Perry opened the scoring at the 3:20 mark, tipping in a Ryan Getzlaf shot. Less than a minute later, the Blackhawks responded after Kris Versteeg’s drop pass got away from Patrick Kane. Ben Smith took control of the loose puck and wristed home the equalizer through Jonas Hiller’s wickets.
By Brad Gardner
The Anaheim Ducks completed the season sweep of the Blackhawks on Friday at the United Center with a 2-1 regulation win. Ray Emery suffered his first loss of the season because a Sheldon Souray shot deflected off a Blackhawks defenseman in front of the net for the game-winning goal.
Chicago managed just one of a possible six points against the Western Conference rival Ducks on the season. The Blackhawks still hold a three point lead in the standings with one game in hand over Anaheim, who entered the United Center on Friday in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
The Western Conference’s two best teams played another tight game with little difference when it came to the shots, hits, and blocked shots. Both teams managed nine shots in the opening period but neither was able to solve the opposing goaltender in the first.
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the United Center Tuesday to take on the team directly below them in the Western Conference standings, the Anaheim Ducks. The ‘Hawks led after two periods, but lost the lead late and suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to begin a seven-game home stand.
Viktor Fasth won his sixth straight start this season, stopping 28 of the 30 shots managed by the Blackhawks.
In the opening period, Chicago had a nice chance created by Brandon Saad, who won a battle for the puck, took it into the Ducks zone and passed to Jonathan Toews. Toews got behind the net and set up Saad in front of the net, but Fasth stopped the attempt.
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks finished their California weekend road swing in Anaheim versus the Ducks Sunday evening. The night earlier saw Los Angeles King, Dustin Brown bury three goals and a helper, as the Hawks were shutout 4-0. The Ducks are looking to make a strong run to fight for a tight Western Conference playoff spot. Hawk’s Captain Jonathan Toews remained in Chicago for this trip and missed his 3rd consecutive game with an upper body injury. Niklas Hjalmarsson was also held back. With two leaders off the ice, the road team needed to fight hard to beat a talented Ducks squad.
Ray Emery got the coach Q nod for the start with Jonas Hiller getting his 21st straight start for the Ducks. Marcus Kruger played on the top line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. Brendan Morrison centered Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg. Dave Bolland was with Andrew Brunette and Bryan Bickell. Finally, Jamal Mayers had Michael Frolik and Jimmy Hayes on either side.
photo credit: Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Vandenberk
The Anaheim Ducks flew into the United Center on Tuesday to take on your Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks were coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, while the Ducks were beginning their 7 game road trip after losing their last 2 at home.
Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks, while his bobble heads filled the arena. Jonas Hiller, starting goalie for the Ducks, was tested early on in the game, as the Hawks found themselves owning the offensive zone; even the fourth line had a few chances to score.
The Hawks got their first power play of the game as Corey Perry, flipped the puck over the glass and was called for Delay of Game. Although the Hawks were one man up, they couldn’t break the score. Not long after Perry’s penalty expired, Sean O’Donnell was called for tripping, and the Ducks 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league received their first test of the night.