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Hawks finish Preds in a dramatic Game 6

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks closed out Nashville in another dramatic, come-from-behind whirlwind night at United Center on Saturday.

Duncan Keith scored with 3:48 to play in regulation to complete the Hawks’ Game 6 comeback. Keith’s tally was his second of the series and gave the home team a 4-3 lead that would stand as the final score.

A wild opening 11 minutes of the game saw the Predators gain 2-0 and 3-1 leads on the backs of two James Neal goals, and another from Matt Cullen that got Scott Darling pulled from the net in favor of Corey Crawford.

Darling was the Game 6 starter as he’s managed to keep the net since Game 3 and the Hawks went in with what has become a pretty consistent line arrangement.

The Blackhawks tightened up in front of Crawford as he needed to make just 13 saves in 49 minutes the rest of the way. That opposed to Darling, who saw 12 shots in 11:16 of play. Read more »


Preds Narrow Series Gap in 5-2 Win in Nashville

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks had a chance to close out their Western Conference quarterfinal in Nashville Thursday night. Thanks to a hat trick by Filip Forsberg and a trio of Predator goals early in the third period, that didn’t happen.

Nashville broke open a tight affair and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Chicago. The Hawks still own a 3-2 series advantage but the Preds showed they have the resolve to extend the series to at least six games.

First Period-Patrick Sharp was the recipient of an ill-advised hit by Ryan Ellis, who was sent to the box for tripping 3:06 into the game. The Hawks had a few chances early in the power play, but Nashville wound up with possession for most of the second minute of the penalty. Read more »


Seabrook blast ends Game 4 in Triple OT, Hawks take 3-1 series lead on Nashville

By Brad Vandenberk

There was a marathon at the United Center on Tuesday night as the Hawks found themselves beating the Nashville Predators in three overtimes, 3-2.

Chicago did not hold a single lead during the game, but still eventually found a way to win and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Brandon Saad scored the tying goal with Antoine Vermette getting his first tally as a Blackhawk, tipping one past Rinne in the opening period, the first of six on Tuesday.

Shea Weber and Mike Fisher did not dress for this one, but you can be sure with their season on the line that they will try and play on Thursday night when the series shifts back to Nashville. Scott Darling and Pekka Rinne faced a ton of traffic and shots and lasted the entire 5 periods. Read more »


Fantasy Chatter: Week 25 – Hard Times, H2H Finals, Roto League Aggression and an Andrew Shaw Sighting

DustyRhodes_HardTimes_500x378You Think You Got Hard Times?

The Week Ahead: March 30 – April 5

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

By Lane Myer

It is fingernail reduction time, regardless of what medium of scoring comprises your league(s) as we hit the final stretch. For those in H2H leagues, it’s same as it ever was. Turn over your fringe players for other fringe players who have the scheduling advantage.

As for those in Roto style leagues, chances are there are multiple players who have either already abandoned their rosters, or have been paying minimal attention to their hockey league as the result of their poor finish and the looming fantasy baseball season. That can either be a good or bad thing for you. Good if you need to gain ground and can take advantage of “ghost” teams. Bad if you’re trying to protect stat categorical leads and your competition is gaining ground due to your league’s filthy layabouts failing to set their daily rosters. Read more »


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 »


Fantasy Chatter: Inaugural Mailbag, Neal vs Hornqvist, Waiver wire; 2011 Draft Edition


The Week Ahead: Dec 15 – 21

4 Game slates: BOS, BUF, CAR, NJ, OTT, PHI, TB, TOR
2 Game slates: ARI, NASH, SJ, VAN
Back to Back games:

By Lane Myer

* NOTE: it’s a heavier than normal Sunday schedule this week which translates to a number of Saturday & Sunday back to back scenarios which can be beneficial to those looking to stream some backup goalies.

In these here, lean fantasy hockey news times, we’ll reach into the tattered burlap TTMI Fantasy Chatter mailbag* and address a letter or one. Read more »


Lindbloom’s View: Taking out the garbage

Lindbloom_2014Dec09_top“Mom, Andrew’s touching me again…”

A lot of children are interested in fairies, especially young girls, and Tinker Bell is the ueber-fairy. She’s the pin up girl of fairies. She’s the ultimate fairy, but she also has a mischievous spirit and she’s very strong willed. I think a lot of youngsters recognize themselves in Tinker Bell. – Michael Sheen

By Rich Lindbloom

One memory of my childhood I’ll never forget was piling into the old Chrysler station wagon with my mom, dad, 3 brothers and 5 sisters as we headed to Warren Dunes in Michigan.

Honestly, I don’t know how my parents kept their sanity; trust me there was a lot of “Johnny is touching me,” going on. I love the look of the girl in the left of the above picture. She seems to be thinking, “Why am I in this family. My brother is so annoying. How do I get out?” Read more »


Rinne, James Neal hat-trick too much for Hawks in Music City

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were in Nashville Thursday night to open a two-game road trip. James Neal and Pekka Rinne were anything but gracious hosts to the Hawks, leading the Predators to a 3-2 victory.

Rinne made 30 saves on the night to hold on to a Nashville lead. Neal took care of the scoring with his fifth career hat trick. As a result, the Predators now lead Chicago by three points in the Central Division standings.

First Period-Chicago got on the board first, with Ben Smith making a sweet spin move in the left corner, maintaining possession of the puck and hitting Marcus Kruger behind the Nashville net. When Kruger came around the goal and was looking to pass, there was Smith waiting at the left post. Smith knocked in his first goal of the season at the 12:21 mark to put the Hawks up 1-0. Read more »


Blackhawks lose game, Captain in Pittsburgh; Quenneville says Toews not serious

By Brad Vandenberk

With over 40 family and friends attending the Consol Energy Center, Brandon Saad better hope his game is better than his outing in Ottawa where he posted a minus-3.  Sunday was Saad’s first regular season game in his hometown of Pittsburgh since turning pro with the Chicago Blackhawks.

This recent Eastern Conference road trip has not been kind to these Hawks going a disappointing 0-2.  The return to the scene of the Cup win was not so eventful being manhandled 3-0.  Then to Canada‘s capital to be embarrassed against one of the conference’s worst.  Now to complete the trip it’s a Sidney Crosby versus Jonathan Toews match up.  Read more »


Hawks Win Stadium Series Snowdown 5-1 over Penguins; Hossa leaves after 1st with upper body injury

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks offered a national audience a dominating performance Saturday night. In a snowy Stadium Series contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hawks used a big night from Jonathan Toews and a strong penalty kill to defeat the Penguins 5-1 at Soldier Field.

First Period-The teams labored in the snow for most of the first few minutes until Simon Despres was called for tripping Marcus Kruger in the fifth minute. Kris Versteeg got the only shot on goal as the Penguins negated the man advantage.

Pittsburgh got a loose puck in front of Corey Crawford in the seventh minute but the Hawks goalie covered it up. Forty seconds later, Ben Smith made a nice pass to Kruger only to have Marc-Andre Fleury made a nice save on Kruger’s shot attempt. Read more »