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Hossa Not Enough: Hawks return home, drop 3-2 shootout decision to Arizona

By Chris Block

Returning to their home ice for the first time since a 6-1 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes on January 20th, the Blackhawks faced off with the same desert sons on Monday night in front of 21,337 fans, the 302nd consecutive sellout crowd at United Center.

Marian Hossa repeated his efforts from Sunday’s win in St. Louis, again posting 2 goals in this, the Blackhawks first home game in 20 days, on Marian Hossa bobblehead night nonetheless.

Hossa was in top form Monday. The relentless back-checking, puck-hounding, puck-sniping beast that he has earned him a reputation as one of the game’s premier all-around performers put in a near perfect effort on his end.

But his two goals were not enough on Monday, as a late second period Patrick Kane unsportsmanlike penalty allowed Arizona to check back into a game they were largely being neutralized within up to that point. And a miraculous Mike Smith goal line stand with 16.3 seconds left in overtime kept the Blackhawks from returning to Chicago in winning fashion.

Lucas Lessio and Antoine Vermette beat Antti Raanta with different slick maneuverings in the shootout, while Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawk to convert on Smith. Read more »

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Shaw strikes twice, Hawks find stride in 6-1 stomping of the Coyotes

By Brad Vandenberk

After dropping two straight divisional games at home, the taste of losing was on the Hawks’ tongues. It just took a quick stir of the drink to make everything better, and a visit from the Arizona Coyotes also helps.

Coach Q, coaching his 500th game in the Hawks organization, tinkered the line up just slightly to get certain players going. Andrew Shaw got the message, scoring two goals on route to a 6 -1 routing of the desert dogs.

Teuvo Teravainen (1G, 1A) and Bryan Bickell (2A) added to the newly third line. Patrick Sharp (2A) also helped ignite the second line alongside Brad Richards (2A) and Patrick Kane (1G, 2A). That lined combined for 9 points with Kane scoring his 200th career goal all with Chicago, being the 20th player in Blackhawk history to achieve that mark. Even the defense core received a face lift with Duncan Keith mentoring David Rundblad, forcing Brent Seabrook to partner with Niklas Hjalmarsson. Johnny Oduya and Michael Rozsival rounding out the bottom pairing. Read more »

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Fantasy Chatter: Week 15 – Top 25 First Half Over/Underachievers & Deep Cuts: Rookie Bias Edition

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The Week Ahead: Jan 12 – Jan 18

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

By Lane Myer

We’ve officially reached the midway point for all but four NHL teams. That makes for a good point to reflect back on some draft maladies and which players have killed your standing. Thus here are the top 25 over and underachievers in fantasy hockey arbitrarily ranked in an undisclosed (read: highly convoluted) method that contains a mix of ADP in relation to their current ranking in standard size leagues as well as factoring in how much these particular players have probably murdered some key stat categories, again for standard category leagues.

We’ve omitted players who suffered low rankings due to injury such as Patrick Sharp or Zdeno Chara, though not a guy like Alex Semin who has been injured, healthy scratched, and terrible. 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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Fantasy Chatter: Week 13, Down Goes Mike Smith (again), and a Favorable Blackhawks Remaining Schedule

The Week Ahead: Dec 29 – Jan 4

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

By Lane Myer

The NHL predictably ramped up the post-Christmas schedule with all 30 organ-i-zations playing at least 3 games this week. The schedule also includes a heavy dose of 4 gamers, and 19 back to back tilts. Hence it’s another good week to stream some backup goalies if you’re still in need of making up some ground in your league’s goalie counting stats.

With Montreal engaging in two sets of back to back contests this week, Dustin Tokarski would seem like the best pickup. Sadly for goalie streamers, there is already some speculation that Carey Price may be in goal for both back to back nights to open the week given that Montreal has had almost a week off, and Price has started all 10 of Montreal’s December games. 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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Lindbloom’s View: Road Stories

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By Rich Lindbloom

About 20 years ago, our friend, and town undertaker, suggested to my wife that I put lights on the pine tree in our front yard. At that time the tree was about even with the roof of our house. Now, I’m not sure Mike had the wherewithal to anticipate that I would be climbing up the center of that tree for the last 20 years to add and replace strands of C-9 bulbs – however the thought of subterfuge entered my mind while I hung on for dear life this year. (Reluctantly, last year I had to finally acquiesce and replace the C-9 bulbs with C-7’s so the circuits would quit blowing in the house.) Were Mike and my better half in cahoots?  Read more »

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Hawks complete Circus trip with 5-2 win in Phoenix

By Brad Vandenberk

The Blackhawks finally completed their annual Circus road trip on Saturday night.  To this point, the road warriors had gone 5-1 on this trip.  The final stop was in Phoenix where the pesky Coyotes are known to give the Hawks some issues.  It wasn’t long ago that these same Yotes beat the Hawks out of the first round of the playoffs.  This time entering Jobing.com Arena, it was time to head back home packing another road victory.  The Hawks skated into this one in first place with a 3 point lead in the western conference separating them and second place.  The more points the merrier when you are on the road.

Hawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta got the start, while Canadian Olympic hopeful Mike Smith was in the blue paint for the Coyotes.  Michael Rozsival worked his way back on the point with Sheldon Brookbank taking a seat.  Michael Kostka and Bryan Bickell were the other scratches. Read more »

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Smith, Coyotes outlast Hawks in a shootout 3-2

By Brad Vandenberk

The boards remained intact at the United Center as the Blackhawks played at home once again this weekend, finishing up a back to back, with the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

On Friday night, they outlasted the Predators in overtime completing their season series.  This game really didn’t mean a lot, but the Hawks obtained another two points toward gaining the President’s trophy.

The Coyotes came in looking to help gain some momentum for a late playoff push.  Patrick Sharp remained out for this contest with an upper body injury.  Ray Emery was unable to back up with recently called up Carter Hutton sporting the baseball cap.  Read more »

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Kane scores two, ‘Hawks blow through Phoenix 6-2

By Brad Gardner

The Chicago Blackhawks earned their seventh road win of the 2013 season with a 6-2 victory in Glendale over the Phoenix Coyotes. Patrick Kane scored a pair of power play goals in the first period and Ray Emery had another reliable outing in net as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2 on the year.

The game marked the first time that Raffi Torres would be on the ice against the Blackhawks after his high hit on Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs knocked the Hawks star winger out of action for months.

Retribution was quick against Raffi Torres, who answered the bell on his first shift of the game. Jamal Mayers initiated the scrap as soon as he stepped off the bench, and Torres was ready for him. Read more »

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