So tonight we get round two of last year's matchup against the Sharks. The two main points that keep coming up are:
Are the Wings well rested or will the long layoff make them have a slow start?
Does the quick sweep of the Coyotes (instead of last year's long fought series) mean the Wings should handle the Sharks this year?
Personally, I think the layoff will help, and they should come out strong with fresh legs. I'm hoping they can win tonight, or at the worst on Sunday, to keep the team confidence up. Has anyone heard if Zetterberg will be in the lineup?
Surprised there wasn't one of these started. Games are almost over, but Montreal just tied things up with 2 minutes left at 3 with the Bruins to force overtime. Lightning are up on the Penguins 1-0 in the second.
Gotta love Game Sevens!
So MSU's Tom Anastos has filled out his staff (http://www.detnews.com/article/20110425/SPORTS0202/104250393/1361/Kelly-Miller-returns-to-MSU-as-assistant-hockey-coach):
- Kelly Miller, former MSU player, 15 yr NHL vet. NY Islanders ass't coach 2001-3 (div finishes in that timespan, 5th, 2nd, 3rd). Most recently in "private banking".
- Mike Gilmore, volunteer coach for goalies. Also a MSU alum, most recently he was an "investment advisor". Volunteer coach at MSU in 94-96
- Tom Newton, retained from previous staff. Ass't for past 21 years to Comley & Mason.
So MSU will have great financial portfolios and tremendous representation by the coaching staff at alumni board meetings, but a solid checking line? No idea on Newton's importance in Mason's success or Comley's demise. That's to be determined...
Commence LOLZ Sparty. As was said in another thread, Penn St had a better hire, and they have 0 Div I wins to their name!
They were down 3-1 entering the third period and won 4-3 in overtime. Connor Murphy--a Miami (OH) commitment--had the game winner.
John Gibson was named the Best Goaltender of the Tournament by the Directorate...and earlier this month he was listed as the number 1 ranked North American Goaltender by Central Scouting.
Go USA and Go Blue!
Dexter native Andrew Sinelli has committed to attend Michigan next year. Sinelli was a '10 draft eligible who went undrafted and split time last year between Dubuque and Youngstown, and has bounced around the USHL during his two years there (also split '09-'10 between Sioux City and Dubuque). Of interesting note, he was a '10 verbal to Michigan State (there really isn't much of anything out there on why that fell through, though).
Evaluation of his game, in his own words:
""I am a high energy forward," said Sinelli. "I like to play physical and I am not afraid to block some shots. I will have to compete for my playing time and my work in Youngstown on the penalty kill will allow me to succeed on the college level.""
Hasn't put up overly stellar offensive stats during his time in the USHL, but did before that (and was regarded as an offensive talent before he arrived in the USHL), so it's possible that his lack of production thus far has a good bit to do with the amount that he's bounced around and that there may be a little more offensive upside than meets the eye.
First, I'll say that Phoenix lost this series and possibly their current location with a lot of pride and respect for their fans and the game in general.
But it never hurts to poke fun:
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