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Hey FHSers!

Welcome to Thursday Night Live! If you've tuned in on the last couple of Saturdays, you'll know what we're up to here. Live fantasy hockey blogging throughout the evening, combined with a homespun gambling extravaganza that really needs an official name. Thus far I've been calling it an over/under/pick 'em competition - any suggestions for something a bit less wordy / more catchy?

You can check out the last two Saturday Night Live blogs here and here, but starting tonight, we're moving this feature to Thursdays.

I will continue to update the blog (refresh for updates) throughout the evening with fantasy highlights, random commentary and select tweets from around the hockey world. Feel free to chime in with any comments, criticism, banter, wins or insults you'd like to share.

Tonight we've got 20 entries in the comp. Defending champ baxpens has returned to defend his title. After the jump we'll look at tonight's slate of games, plus a link to tonight's over/under/pick 'em/GWG comp (see? terrible!) scoreboard.

Here is tonight's slate:


We asked you to:

1. submit your pick for the winning team for each game (H = home win, V = visitor win)
2. based on an over/under of 5.5 goals, submit your pick for over or under for each game (O = over, U = under)
3. the new twist - submit your pick for the game winning goal scorer in each game. (Shootout winners count as a GWG) Difficult? Yes, the GWG points will be hard to come by. That's the idea.

The scoring system is easy: for every winning team you pick correctly, you get 1 point. For every over/under you get right, you get 1 point. For every GWG scorer picked correctly, you get 1 point. So a max of three points per game if you hit the rarefied trifecta of winner, over/under and GWG scorer.

And now, without further delay, the scoreboard link for tonight's competition:


As usual our picks are all over the place, but I picked out a few interesting dynamics: only Timbits56 and mjm44 picked Chicago to beat the Rangers. Jay Meyer has the only over pick for the PHX/LAK game. Every last one of us picked BUF/PHI to go over. Only team barlie and Mr. Moose took the over for NYI/STL, while Michael B and Justincalgary have the only over picks for WPG/MIN. The GWG selections are too numerous and varied to see any patterns, but I'm loving the darkhorse picks like MasterOfPuppets' Philip Larsen and Vladimir Sobotka. Get those right and A) you'll look like a goddamn genius and B) you'll be scoring a point that no one else does. Nice.

The winner will be featured in Monday's Fantasy Stars of the Week feature, and oh my fucking god, the endorsement deals alone will carry your family for generations. Yeah yeah, I know, that joke's getting old.

Really looking forward to the Hawks Rangers game. Chicago catches a bit of a break as they won't have to face Henrik Lundqvist, but backup Martin Biron is having a great year too - in 14 GP, he has 10 wins with a 2.02 GAA and .918 SV%. Corey Crawford is in for Chicago - along with a lot of Hawks, he's having a dismal year (2.99 GAA, .898 Sv%) and his last win came way back on January 18.

This from The Sabres have allowed just three power-play goals in their last nine games, which comes after a span of four games where they allowed six extra-man goals.

Another interesting stat from the Islanders' forwards have collected 71 points on the power play, and the trio of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau has been on the ice for 60 of them.

Marek Zidlicky remains a healthy scratch tonight. mjm44 is hoping the Jersey trade rumours are true as he plucked the Z-man off waivers in our keeper league last week.

Chris Mason starts for Winnipeg tonight. Brian Elliott in for the Blues.

Puck drops in an hour in New York and Philly. I'll be back for opening faceoffs. But the liquor store.

So I just got home and no internet or cable. Thanks Shaw! Good thing my neighbors Mr and Mrs Dlink don't have a password, and I have GameCenter Live.

Crown Royal is still working though. Check.

Penalty shot...Toews...scores!

Hossa playing keepaway, what a player. Dishes to Leddy for the goal. Chicago up 2-0, two minutes in.

Holy crap. Sharp scores. Hawks up 3-0 and we're not even four minutes in.

As per Cam: Biron's GAA is 45.00+. Any poor sods out there have him dressed? Oh yeah, I do. Feck.

Pominville with his 22nd and the Sabres are up 1-0 on Philly. As per Cam, Simmonds injured in warmup but is playing with a full shield. Might put a damper on the scrap factor for Simmonds.

Vanek with his 21st and Buffalo's up two zip. Puck is about to drop in Tampa.

Oh shit Hossa. 4-0 Rangers. Is Biron still in?

13 of 20 entries picked home/under for CHI@NYR, myself included. Whoops.

Couture has his 24th of the year on the PP to put the Sharks up 1-0 on Tampa. He's got 4+9=13 and 32 SOG in his last ten games.

Dominic Moore to the Sharks for a 2nd. Brett Connolly draws in to tonight's lineup.

San Jose looking great tonight, outshooting Tampa 11-5.

Make that 11-6, and Stamkos has tied it up 1-1 with his 38th of the year, six ahead of Malkin.

Stammer is playing in his 300th NHL game tonight. 157+138=295, 199 PIM, 942 SOG, 108 PPP and 28 GWG. It's enough to make a grown man cry.

Second period underway, Sestito and Kassian with a great scrap. In a keeper, get Kassian now if you can. He is Hartnell/Simmonds/Clarkson 4.0.

Speaking of Simmonds...PPG and it's tied 2-2 in Philly. 15 points in his last 16 games. 16 PIM in his last seven. This is what you want.

Danny Briere has left the game with a UBI. He will not return.

Rangers finally get one, Marc Staal with his first of the year. 4-1 CHI and we're one goal away from the over.

Wayne Simmonds again with his second PPG of the night. That's 20 on the year for the Wayne Man. Enroth out, Miller in. Hartnell has two PPA.

Lindy Ruff is LOSING it on his players. Oh god, his ribs.

Five games underway simultaneously. This is the part of the night where my eyes roll back in my head and I float out of my earthly body and look down at my physical self, live blogging away on the old MacBook. It is, dare I say, an out of blogging experience.

Teddy Purcell has the Bolts up 2-1. Stamkos is 1+1=2 for the fifth time in his last ten games. True story.

Setoguchi with his 13th and Minny's up 1-0 on WPG. Heatley with the assist and he has 11 points in his last 10 games.

Voracek to Gustafsson for his first career goal, and the BUF/PHI game is officially an OVER. Giroux has two helpers now. 4-2 Philly on four straight goals from the Flyers.

Jason Arnott scores in his return from injury and it's 1-1 STL/NYI.

David Backes has a PPG to tie put the Blues up 2-1. Assists to Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo. That's Piet's 6th point and 5th PPP in his last five games.

As it stand now, Simmonds has the GWG. Truculence is a Virtue has the only Simmonds GWG pick. BONUS.

Evander Kane has his 20th of the year, and he has 4 SOG already tonight. 1-1 end of the first. Kane has 184 SOG in only 51 games this year.

Downie for the Bolts and he's 1+1=2 tonight. Vlasic scores 29 seconds later and we have another over in Tampa. 3-3.

Sharks pull ahead 4-3 and the goaltending in this game can I put this delicately...extremely shitty. Niemi .824.

Flyers are just toying with the Sabres. Voracek has the 6-2 goal and Hartnell and Giroux have three apples each as the magic continues.

It's February 16 and Andy McDonald just scored his first of the year. Now Pietrangelo and the Blues are up 4-1 on the Isles. Al Montoya sporting a sparkling .765 SV% tonight.

More goals in a row and Giroux has assists on five of them. Hartnell is 1+3=4 tonight. Hokey dinah.

Pietrangelo's goals changed to Perron and he remains on fire. That's 7+2=9 in his last six games.

Carl Hagelin has scored to make it 4-2 Chicago. CHI/NYR is officially our third over of the night.

4-2 final at MSG and Patrick Sharp has the first GWG of the evening. Who picked him? No one! House always wins.

Pietrangelo with his third assist of the night and STL is up 5-1 on the Isles. Say what you want about league parity, but the better team is still obvious more often than not.

Some guy named Stamkos has tied it up with his 39th goal in 57 games. 4-4 Sharks Bolts.

Philly wins it 7-2, and I'd like to congratulate Truculence is a Virtue for scoring our first GWG point with Wayne Simmonds. Even better than that though, TIAV also picked home/over, so the unholy trifecta of winner, over/under and GWG has been ACHIEVED, my friends. Nice going Trucs! I'll be updating the spreadsheet shortly.

Once again, you'll find the best writing here down in the comments section, as evidenced by Edanger's latest:

Drafting a calzone

And need to pick a few keepers. The sweet Italian sausage is always a safe bet but the sopressata, Tasso and Capicola are ready for a breakout. On defense, Jalapenos are the sexy pick but I’m leaning towards shitake mushrooms for their solid peripherals. And in goal, I think the anchovy, while a little streaky, might just pull the whole team together.

The lead has changed hands again in Tampa, as St. Louis (Marty, not the Blues) has the Bolts ahead 5-4 now. Eight minutes to go.

Sounds like Jamie Benn is in trouble:

"He’s bleeding out the back of his leg." First time I have ever heard those words. Re: Jamie Benn injury tonight

by Mr. Moose on Feb 16, 2012 6:47 PM PST reply actions

If it's serious, Benn's injury is bad news for Lehtonen owners. I know this first-hand.

Fantasy powerhouse Tommy Wingels has tied it up for San Jose. 5-5 and the GWG is up for grabs again. Heading to OT.

The unstoppable Martin St. Louis with his 2nd of the night and the OT winner. Stamkos finishes with 2+2=4. Bolts 6-5.

No one picked Marty for the GWG. What's wrong with us?

Blues win it 5-1. TJ Oshie with 1+2=3. Elliott stops 26 of 27 for the W and he's won four in a row. Meanwhile Halak has four shutouts in his last eight games. The only perfect solution is to own both goalies.

With four of seven games completed, it's Timbits56 and team barlie in the lead with 6 out of 8 over/under/pick 'em points. Truculence is a Virtue has the only triple (Simmonds GWG), and he's in second with 5 points overall.

And more than 50% of the FHS braintrust comes through with Evander Kane's GWG! Cam, Jay, and yours truly were the three lucky contestants. No triples there though, as we all went under. Rats.

And Mike Ribeiro wins it in OT for the Stars. Ribs finishes with 1+1=2, 2 PIM and a surprising 4 SOG. Lehtonen and the Stars have their first win in four tries.

And with that goal, Scottymac228 has only our second triple of the night. Winner? Check. Under? Check. Ribeiro GWG? CHECK!

Okay, I;ve updated the scoreboard through six games. and tzuu is alone in the lead with nine points. Timbits56 and myself are right behind with eight, and we've got four teams at seven points.

tzuu took PHX/over/Vrbata. I took LAK/under/Williams. Timbits56 took PHX/under/Yandle. This is gonna be an interesting finish.

No score in LA, but we did see 40 PIM in the first, including scraps from Brown vs. Doan (awesome), Richards vs. Hanzal (what???) and Torres vs. Fraser (sure).

I have invested in LA players. I own Kopitar, Brown, Richards, and Williams. A team from Los Angeles should mean some business. And not just regular business. Show business.

Vrbata has his 27th goal (tied for 5th overall) to put the Coyotes up 1-0 heading into the third. If there are no more goals scored tonight, tzuu wins this going home, having picked PHX to win on Vrbata's GWG.

As per LA announcers, two minutes to Nolan for reaching around.

Snapped out of it when I heard the LA announcers say that Feb. 18th is Charlie Simmer Night. Charlie Simmer! Now HE was larger than life, or maybe I was just nine years old. Lean back, relax, and travel back in time with me to Simmer's 79-80 and 80-81 seasons. In 79-80 he and his moustache had 56+45=101 - in only 64 games! Amazingly, he went on to basically duplicate that feat in 80-81, with 56+49=105, this time in 65 games. Let's put that in perspective. 56 goals in 64 games: over 82 games, that's a 93 goal pace, one better than Gretzky's all-time record. Simmer on high.

Congrats to sbtricky, with only our third triple of the night, as he picked PHX/under/Vrbata. Nice one sbtricky!

But the big prize tonight goes to tzuu, who could do no wrong, or at least could always do some right. Tzuu wasn't skunked once, getting the winner and over/under right on an impressive four of seven games, and getting at least the winner OR the over/under right on the remaining three games, for a total of 11 points. Worth noting that the real difference maker here was his selection of Vrbata for the GWG bonus point. Congrats Tzuu, you beat 19 worthy opponents tonight, and we'll see you in the Fantasy Stars of the Week post on Monday. Timbits56 finished a close second at 10 points.

Thanks again if you stopped by tonight. See you next week.