A couple more Wolverine hockey alumni will be heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and both had a hand in tonight's Montreal win over Ottawa. The Canadiens won the series four games to two behind outstanding Carey Price goaltending, but tonight Pateryn assisted on Brendan Gallagher's first-period goal, the game-winner, and Pacioretty sealed the deal with an empty-netter from deep in his own end with 0.03 to go.
Wolverines whose teams remain in the playoffs as of this post include:
-Andrew Cogliano (Ducks)
-Luke Glendening (Red Wings)
-Carl Hagelin (Rangers)
-Matt Hunwick (Rangers)
LET'S GO RED WINGS, plus the Habs and Rangers otherwise, and to a lesser extent, the Ducks.
The Wings have a 2-1 series lead and look to go up 3-1 at The Joe tonight at 7pm after Mrazek recorded a shutout in game 3. Let's Go Red Wings!!
Some news from Spath over at the (free) Yost Post on rivals:
Some interesting things on the schedule front, though this next year will be a BRUTAL home schedule. Teams like Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Niagara and Dartmouth while U-M will play at Union and BU. In two years, though, there could be some great non-conference matchups, and maybe another Big Chill. There is a potential road trip that would be sick, but not to a traditional hockey hotbed.
Last year we had 8 non-conference games outside of the B1G-HE Challenge and the GLI:AIC(2), RPI(2), @Tech(2), @BC,@Ferris. So of the six teams mentioned, two will likely be one-offs and the other four will be a series each. We'll probably get a good home series against one or two Hockey East teams but yeesh.
That is unless we're moving back to 40ish game a season. We've been down to 35 or so since the B1G happened and I still don't know why. In the unlikely event we are going to back to 40, all of those may be two game series.
Several other interesting hockey notes here
Edit: Spath tacked this later on in the discussion
Michigan wants to schedule top-tier programs but they couldn't get anyone to come to Ann Arbor this year. Everyone of note wanted U-M to come to their venue. And Michigan couldn't do that or it would have ended up with two non-conference home games. They agreed to Union and BU so that they could get those two teams in 2016-17 at home but then they HAD to have home games, and so some of these teams were more willing.
Let's Go Red Wings!
- San Jose
Let's Go Red Wings!