Jun 132015
 

Lindbloom_Top_Buchanan_20150613“I’m gonna show you, I’m gonna give it to you.”

“Never let your head hang down.
Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Find another way.
And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
Satchel Paige

By Rich Lindbloom

This post season has left me in a pensive mood while contemplating the ascendance of new stars and decline of old heroes.

I guess I could take some solace in that while yesterday’s hockey dynasty’s, like the Bruins and Kings, are watching this year’s playoffs from the sideline, the Hawks are in the Stanley Cup Final. Yet, it seems there are some chinks in the armor; there have been times in this season I’m overcome with a sense of the beginning of the end. One of the greatest guitarists most of you have never heard of, Roy Buchanan, has a song called The Circle that reminds me of the mercurial nature of success. I believe the lyrics are basically saying “what goes up, must come down.” Continue reading »

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Jun 102015
 

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“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” – Jean de la Bruyere

By Rich Lindbloom

Miracling is a term associated with Dead Heads who would follow the band from city to city, hoping to score a ticket. I never did quite get it until I saw my first Grateful Dead show on 7/8/1995.  The show they performed the next night would be the last gig they ever played together. According to Dead Heads I talked to about the show, they said it was a bit of a disappointment. Jerry Garcia was struggling with health issues at the time and was apparently not on the top of his game. Much like our Blackhawks, he was “Going down the road feeling bad, bad luck is all I’ve ever had…” (After the Lightning’s victories in Game’s Two and Three, it would appear the Hawks will need a miracle to overcome the suddenly unbeatable Bolts.) Continue reading »

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Jun 072015
 

By Chris Block

The 2015 Stanley Cup Final is shifting to United Center in Chicago on Monday with the series tied 1-1 after Tampa Bay bested the Blackhawks 4-3 in front of 19,204 fans at Amalie Arena on Saturday night.

Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen and Brent Seabrook notched the visitor’s goals, but Tampa was able to put 4 past Corey Crawford, who made 20 saves in an effort Joel Quenneville characterized as “just okay.”

The Blackhawks entered the 3rd period of Game 2 as they did three nights prior in Game 1, trailing Tampa Bay by a goal. Saturday night was following a similar path as Wednesday’s series opener, with Chicago largely dominating the pace of the game in the final twenty minutes of regulation.

Brent Seabrook tied the game at 3:38 of the third when his blast from the top of the point blew by Ben Bishop’s glove hand. Seabrook’s 7th of the postseason put the score at 3-3, but was not without controversy. As the puck closed in on Bishop, Marian Hossa converged on Bishop’s crease as well. Hossa skated toward the crease with his stick pushing into Bishop’s left leg pad. It appeared to be a clear example of goaltender interference, whether intentional or not, but after a brief conversation among the officials, the goal was allowed to stand. Continue reading »

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Jan 122015
 

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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. Continue reading »

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Nov 112014
 

By Brad Vandenberk

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the United Center on Tuesday night looking for their 7th straight victory and owning the league’s best record.

Some have this pegged Lightning-Blackhawks as a potential Stanley Cup final. Although the game had a playoff type feel to it, it took a shootout to solve this one, as the Hawks took it behind the strong play of Corey Crawford 3-2. Ben Bishop made life difficult for the Hawks as they outshot the Lightning 39-27. Jonathan Toews competed in his 500th career game. Continue reading »

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Nov 032014
 

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The Week Ahead: Week 5, Nov 3 – Nov 9

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

By Lane Myer

For those of you TTMI readers that have been riding Brock Nelson since we demanded that you do so dating back in the preseason, congrats. He has received his first crack at the top line which should only improve his stock. You may have to consider holding onto him at least until the Isles decide to move a struggling forward into his slot to give a random player a forced jumpstart with Tavares and Okposo.   Chances are Nelson, Anders Lee, and Grabovski will spend the forthcoming months bouncing around the top six, but so long as Nelson is riding shotgun with Tavares and Okposo, he’s a must start. Continue reading »

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Oct 122014
 

TheLeague_2014Oct12_post_AutoDraftBluesGot the Auto-Draft Blues??

By Lane Myer

The Week Ahead: Week 2, Oct 13-19.  

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

Hopefully you’re not one of those panicky owners who has been dropping solid middle round quality players that have an extended track record of production for bottom pairing quality players who happen to get off to a quick start. Make sure you’re checking player usage if you are one of those people.

For example, Olli Maatta is a hot pickup right now after his 3 assist performance against the Ducks in the opener, and he may end up being solid this season, but if you look at his usage, he’s only accrued 1 shift on the PP for all of 24 seconds. Continue reading »

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