Acronym names for lines almost always don't work. The BBC Line -- Bates Battaglia, Rod Brind'Amour and Erik Cole -- in Carolina a few years ago wasn't bad. Toronto's old HEM Line -- Billy Harris, Garry Ehman and Frank Mahovlich -- in the 1960s had a nice ring to it. But mostly what you get after playing around with the players' initials is gobbledygook.
DENVER -- For opponents of the Colorado Avalanche, trips to Denver used to be like going to the dentist. You took your drilling, left the building feeling numb, and hoped the calendar didn't call for a return visit anytime soon.
If you're willing to take Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville at face value, the decision to go with backup Antti Niemi against Edmonton on Wednesday night was all about getting the rookie a start in front of the home crowd. After backstopping the team to a franchise-record five-goal comeback win over the Flames in relief, the kid had earned his shot.