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Blackhawks Drop 3-2 Shootout Decision to Detroit

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks had responses for the visiting Detroit Red Wings on two occasions Wednesday night. However, the Hawks came up one response short after a nip-and-tuck affair that ended with Detroit taking the game 3-2 in a shootout.

First Period-Detroit nearly got a puck past Corey Crawford in the first 15 seconds on a shot by Tomas Tatar. Patrick Kane got off an attempt that was stopped by Jimmy Howard before Kane sent the rebound high of the net. Bryan Bickell had a nice chance from the left circle a few moments later by Howard made the stick save.

Bickell was called for slashing 9:15 into the period, putting the Red Wings on the man advantage. Late in the penalty, Marian Hossa entered the Detroit zone and hit Brandon Saad for a shorthanded opportunity. Saad was hooked by Justin Abdelkader, giving the Hawks a shot at some power play time. Kane and Brent Seabrook had several whacks at Howard. Although Chicago held the offensive zone for most of the time and sent nine shots Howard’s way, the puck remained out of the Red Wings net. Read more »

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Hartman a smash in his NHL debut; Hawks beat the Devils 3-1

By Brad Vandenberk

It was game three of this eight game home stand and the Hawks were looking to play a complete game to gain a victory. It was a shootout coupled with an overtime loss to start at the UC. Marian Hossa took this Hawks squad on his back once again, scoring a power play goal, as well as taking the shot for Jonathan Toews to put home the game winning rebound as they beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1. Hossa is on fire these days scoring 7 goals in his last 4 games. Finally a true win at home, although gaining 4 of a possible 6 is a good start. Corey Crawford made some key saves to help get the win. Cory Schneider was his counterpart making it difficult to score.

The Hawks were looking for a spark to ignite the lineup. Let’s be honest here, if it wasn’t for an electrifying 3rd period against the Canucks the other night, this was starting to look ugly. Teuvo Teravainen was re-assigned to Rockford and passing him on the highway was recalled Ryan Hartman and Kyle Cumiskey.

It took just 2 seconds into Hartman’s first NHL shift to set the tone with a massive hit on Dainius Zubrus, knocking the Devil’s helmet flying in the air. 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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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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Lindbloom’s View: The Buddy System

Lindbloom_RexKwonDo“The Buddy System is a procedure in which two people, the “buddies,” operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other.”

Advantages: In adventurous or dangerous activities, where buddies are often required, the main benefit of the system is improved safety; each may be able to prevent the other becoming a casualty or rescue the other in a crisis.

By Rich Lindbloom

Don’t ask me why, but I think the “One Goal” commercials have outlived their usefulness. We know them all by now; “Be the first one here every day,” “Be the goalie’s worst nightmare,” “Be the best ‘Johnny’ on the team,” “Make sure these guys are achieving their goals,” “Learn how to drink and attend concerts,” ‘Become a better rapper,” “Say two words – Hawks Win,” “Stop more pucks than the goalie,” blah, blah, blah. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any sappier, they show Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in one that at least made me smile. Read more »

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Raanta backstops 4-0 shutout of Leafs on emotional day for the Blackhawks

By Michael Calvert

Sunday night, the once hot, but now cold Maple Leafs came into Chicago on the heels of being blown out by Philly at home. Their luck wasn’t much improved as Raanta was as solid as need be and the Hawks put together a tight, complete game on their way to a 4-0 shutout.

Brad Richards was not in the lineup so the lines looked slightly different: Read more »

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Hawks 8-game win streak snapped by Islanders

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks 8-game winning streak came to an end on Long Island on Saturday night.

Dan Carcillo put the Hawks ahead for exactly six seconds in the second period when Jaroslav Halak stopped his shot but had the rebound pop high in the air and come down bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net. But a bad Duncan Keith giveaway in front of Scott Darling handed Cal Clutterbuck the tying goal six seconds after the Hawks took the lead.

Patrick Kane later notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Then the tide turned once again after a Kris Versteeg penalty midway through the third. Kyle Okposo nailed a Darling rebound on the ensuing New York power play. On the next shift the Hawks watched Isles’ defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dance through their zone and rip a shot by Darling’s stick to take a 3-2 lead, one Halak and the Islanders would not relinquish.

Darling was the star of the game for the Hawks. He stopped 38 shots in taking the 3-2 loss. Halak faced just 25 shots at the other end.

The second period was one of the Hawks’ worst periods of the year, but that’s not to take anything away from the Islanders, who were the better team overall in the latter two-thirds of Saturday’s contest. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: The Wire; Raanta Time?, Ekblad Shines and Stephen Weiss is….Add-able?

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The Week Ahead: Week 10, Dec 8 – 14

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

By Lane Myer

As mentioned some ten weeks ago, we weren’t going to cover much in the realm of keeper or dynasty leagues here at TTMI. I haven’t participated in a hockey keeper league in four years. For whatever reason, at least here in the US, not only are they not real popular, but it’s nearly impossible to get more than five owners to make a concerted effort in a keeper hockey league all season.   It’s difficult enough to maintain five or six seasonally active owners in a basic 10 or 12 redraft league for that matter. Having less than 75% engaged all season long in a keeper or dynasty league makes for an awful league. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 8 double-down, bad goalies, a Dubnyk and a Klingberg

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THE WEEK AHEAD: WEEK 8, NOV 24 – NOV 30

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

By Lane Myer

Chris Block, TTMI overlord, has added an extra comma to my paycheck. Thus, beginning this week we will be adding back to back games to the Week Ahead schedule. Now is the opportune time to do so as this week’s schedule will see an unusually high number of back to back games due to the real American Thanksgiving providing a slew of Friday and Saturday back to back contests. Read more »

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Hansen nets 3; Hawks fall to Canucks 4-1

By Brad Vandenberk

After leaving Edmonton on Saturday night with a 7-1 victory, it was time to face a tougher opponent with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The circus road trip has been great for the Hawks starting 2-0. This would be their third in four nights spanning across western Canada. The Hawks dropped this contest 4-1 on the back of Jannik Hansen’s hat trick. Corey Crawford made some acrobatic saves to keep the Hawks in the game, but it would be the momentum of Daniel Sedin’s 1000th game that would win out on Sunday. Read more »

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