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Fantasy Chatter: TTMI’s 2014 Fantasy Hockey Primer: Part One – Undervalues and Deep Cuts

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Today we’re launching a new feature on the site – Fantasy Chatter.

That’s a working title. It’s what I could come up with at 3am on a Friday. This is an idea that’s been tossed around and has a few years of rust over it. But two year’s too late is how I’ve operated most of my life. Better late than never, though. At least here.

With the start of the NHL season less than a week away, we know a lot of folks have fantasy drafts right around the corner. Even if you’ve already picked your team, fantasy vets know it’s the roster moves you make along the way that separates the pretenders from the contenders.

So with that I’ve enlisted Lane Myer, who has been putting me to shame in our various TTMI Fantasy Hockey Leagues over five seasons now. Lane has emailed me after a live draft, mocking some of my prized selections. He’s lived to tell about it (because we’ve never physically met) and has now even parlayed that into a weekly space here on the site. And hopefully it will be both insightful and beneficial to our readers, whether you’re a fantasy player or not. I’m excited about this feature and the potential it brings to involve more ongoing statistical analysis and player prospectus on the site.

Before I turn it over to Lane, I do want to make mention that we have still have a few spots open in a TTMI league we are Live Drafting this Monday night at 9pm. If you’re interested, contact me at ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com – we’d be glad to have you aboard and you can shame me too. –Chris Block

Note: Part two of this week’s Fantasy Chatter, Hawk Factors and Goalie Wars, will reveal here at noon Friday 10/3.

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By Lane Myer

For a brief introduction, I’m Lane, and Chris has asked me if I wouldn’t possibly maybe mind writing a weekly fantasy hockey column for TTMI.  All you need to know is that I’m no expert but I do have a pretty good track record.   Probably luck, but if Block wants to point out that my current 87% Yahoo League performance rating is way better than yours – that’s ok, I guess.  I’m basically just the only guy who didn’t say no. Largely because the pay is decent.

This first post will not be a typical TTMI fantasy article.  They will not be this long in the future.   Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Frosty Times

Lindbloom_Snowman2“Skate!” – Michelindbloomo

 “Every block of stone has a statue inside it
and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. – Michelangelo

By Rich Lindbloom

In 1501, Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt a statue of the famous biblical figure David. He was given a block of damaged marble 19 feet tall, chiseling away at it for almost three years. The finished sculpture was over 17 feet tall! Purportedly, when Michelangelo finished his masterpiece, it was so life like he shouted, “Speak!” I thought about the difficulties a sculptor might encounter when detailing his creation. As I packed the snow to form Frosty on Saturday, chunks would fall out and I’d have to start all over. Can you imagine if Michelangelo hit down a little too hard with that chisel – I’m pretty sure that’s what happened to a lot of the sculptures that have missing arms. Read more »

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Hawks lose 3-2 to Isles in overtime in Corey Crawford’s return

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks were able to beat winter storm Hercules out east, but on Thursday night they were not up to the task of beating the Eastern Conference’s second-worst team, the New York Islanders.

Ultimately one sloppy period and two costly mental errors cost Chicago in a 3-2 overtime loss on Long Island.  Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith notched the goals for the Blackhawks while Casey Cizikas, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo scored for the home team.  Corey Crawford was solid in his crease return, but not good enough as his counterpart Evgeni Nabokov stood as the Islanders’ top performer on this evening. Read more »

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Nordstrom Nets 1st NHL goal as Hawks Handle Isles

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks gave up an early 2-0 lead in the last minute of the first period but rebounded to defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 at the United Center Friday night. Michal Handzus provided the winning margin with his first goal of the season. Also chipping in was rookie Joakim Nordstrom, who netted his first career goal in the win.

First Period: Nick Leddy got to the net and got off a shot in the second minute that goalie Kevin Poulin knocked away. A few minutes later, Patrick Sharp found Marian Hossa up the left side for another shot on Poulin. Early in the seventh minute, Brandon Bollig nearly pulled off a spin-o-rama from the left post. Poulin gloved the attempt after knocking it into the air with his blocker. Read more »

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Hossa Reaches Milestone, Sparks Blackhawks to Overtime Win Over Islanders

Sharp & Hossa – photo: Yahoo! Sports

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks got three-point nights each from Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp Thursday night while visiting the New York Islanders.

Hossa notched his 400th career NHL goal in a 3-2 overtime victory. Despite letting a 2-0 advantage melt away, the ‘Hawks came up with a big road effort to claim another two points.

The Islanders nearly drew first blood five minutes in when Kyle Okposo picked off Sharps attempt to pass to Duncan Keith in the Islanders zone. Okposo hit John Tavares with the puck, but Ray Emery stopped the shot attempt with help from some back pressure from Keith.

Instead, it was Chicago who opened the scoring at the 11:42 mark when Hossa went to the bank off of New York goalie Al Montoya. The fortunate bounce resulted in Hossa reaching goal number 400, and the ‘Hawks led 1-0.

Chicago doubled the advantage early in the second. Niklas Hjalmarsson stripped Okposo of the puck and found Hossa near the red line with a long pass. Hossa came up the boards and into the Islander zone before finding Sharp, who one-timed a lazer over Montoya high on the stick side. Read more »

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Blackhawks get down early, blow two leads before besting Islanders 5-4 in the shootout

By Jon Fromi

Jonathan Toews showed why he was afforded the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for November in the Chicago Blackhawks first contest of December against the visiting New York Islanders.

The captain notched a goal and an assist in regulation, then had the deciding shootout goal as Chicago snatched two points in a 5-4 decision. The game was far from the performance the Blackhawks were looking for after a lackluster loss to Phoenix earlier this week.

Despite allowing 41 Islander shots on goal and failing to hold a third period lead, the ‘Hawks came up with just enough to claim points number 32 and 33.

The Blackhawks created some excitement in the opening minute when a Brent Seabrook shot from the blueline found iron. Duncan Keith fired another shot on Al Montoya that Viktor Stalberg was able to get a stick on. Toews’s put back was waved off as the whistle had blown before he could get to the puck. Read more »

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