I see that Game2 of UM vs ND will be on Comcast, is game1 going to be on anywhere, and is there streams usually available for CCHA games?
Title says it all. I'm rooting for a successful (but not too successful) career for Yzerman, as I'm hoping like many of you that he ends up as the Red Wings' GM down the road. This seems like an important step, as did his major activity with Tampa Bay just before the trade deadline.
While Michigan had the weekend off, a number of the games that were played have had a pretty big effect on the Pairwise rankings. Michigan is now in a 3-way tie for second with Lowell and Duluth (and leads that group by virtue of having the best RPI of the three). Here's how that happened:
Duluth only managed one point in two games against St. Cloud. This hurt their TUC record and their RPI quite a bit, though they still win the comparison (barely) against Michigan. However, they now lose comparisons to Lowell and Minnesota.
BC won both of its games and maintains a solid RPI lead over Michigan, which is probably not going to change. That won't affect where Michigan goes, as BC will most likely end up as the #1 in Worcester, but the top overall seed gets to play the Atlantic Hockey champ in the first round, so that would be nice.
BU lost to Northeastern on Saturday. While this didn't have an immediate effect (we were already winning the comparison against BU), it might help down the road. That comparison was a precarious tie: we were winning RPI, they were winning TUCs, and our record against common opponents was a tie. The loss to Northeastern broke that tie in our favor. Also, since they might play BC in the Hockey East tournament, they had the opportunity to win the comparison with a win over BC. Now, that win won't be enough; basically, unless we suffer an RPI collapse, we have the BU comparison locked up.
At this point, it looks like the top overall seed is pretty much out of reach, but a #1 seed is very likely. If things ended today, I think we'd be the top seed in St. Paul, facing Cornell, with Minnesota-Miami likely the other regional semi. We could also get sent to Green Bay, again facing Cornell, and with Ferris-Denver probably the other semi.
Next week: CCHA quarters vs. either Notre Dame or Lake Superior. Either is a TUC, and an opportunity to improve (or hurt) our pairwise resume. Go Blue!
Second games of the first round. Michigan plays the second-worst-seeded team at Yost next weekend.
6-Northern Michigan vs 11-Bowling Green (NMU won game one 4-2)
7-Lake Superior State vs 10-Alaska (LSSU won game one 4-3)
8-Notre Dame vs 9-Ohio (ND won game one 2-0)
6 Northern Michigan vs. 11 Bowling Green
8 Notre Dame vs. 9 Ohio
7 Lake Superior State vs. 10 Alaska
(Michigan faces second worst seed)