I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Changing conferences means adjusting to new things. One of these is weekly awards.
Instead of the player of the week, rookie of the week etc. the CCHA had, the B1G has chose to have one set of awards.
The 3 Stars of the Week.
Freshman goalie Zach Nagelvoort has been named the Third Star for his great performance this weekend. 52 saves and .945 save percentage.
Michigan has had at least one player in every edition of the B1G Three Stars so far. Andrew Copp (10/15) and freshman Tyler Motte (10/22) were the previous two.
We're getting close to puck drop, Michigan closes out the weekend with UMass-Lowell
Just a few minutes until Michigan drops the puck at Yost, with special guest Carl Hagelin in attendance.
So I'm finishing up the chart for the first game of the series on Wednesday night. I had Fox Sports Detroit on before I started watching the game on my DVR, which I thought nothing of because it's pretty typical for me to have Fox Sports Detroit on. After I finish charting, however, I hit stop on the recording and the Red Wings game comes on and PRETTY MUCH BURNS MY RETINAS WHY IS THIS ICE SO BRIGHT. Hockey in high def is most definitely not what Fox Sports College Atlantic or whatever it was was broadcasting for these Michigan games. Like Brian said in his post, it was basically like watching a legal stream. That wandering anecdote was my way of saying that the Corsi charts have some values that may not be perfect. I'm not really concerned though, as there are things that I may have marked a shot that missed the net or vice versa that even each other out in the overall numbers. This is why I don't change numbers in the shots column to match the official score sheet; it should work itself out when considering all of the categories.
Friday, 10/18/13 at UNH
- Things that are good: spending time not in the penalty box. Things that are bad: spending time in the penalty box. Of UNH's 37 shots 11 came on the power play. Of their misses, 7 of 21 came on the power play. Of UNH's blocked shots, 7 of 14 came on the power play. That's 29.7% of their shots, 33.3% of their misses, and 50% of their blocks. Worried about being outshot? Try to keep five guys on the ice.
- Even though Michigan was handily defeated in terms of possession, the game was a little more open than the numbers indicate. A lot of this game was played in the neutral zone, with each team trying and failing to create an offensive zone presence. An argument could be made, however, for UNH carrying the play because whoa that third period was rough. Michigan was circling and circling and circling in the defensive zone and I had to keep pausing the recording so I could mark more stuff down for UNH.
- UNH's numbers look pretty dominant in overtime but we're looking at a five minute sample. UNH had possession but I can't remember any part of OT where I thought Michigan dodged a bullet.
Saturday, 10/19/13 at UNH
- This was a game of extended periods of back-and-forth punctuated by furious bursts of offensive zone activity. Michigan looked like they were handily outplayed in the second period (especially the second half of the second period, where they couldn't clear the puck for anything) and the numbers bear this out. At one point UNH went on a tear of four consecutive shots on goal in what had to be under a minute. It looked like the tide of the game may have been turning, but the clock mercifully ran out.
- UNH picked up where they left off and generated a number of chances early in the third period. Their offensive zone time came in smaller bursts, however, and the game transitioned back to an up-and-down affair. Michigan eventually got their own extended offensive zone time and ended up with a slight advantage overall in Corsi for the period.
- Special teams were the theme of Friday night but weren't a factor after the first two periods on Saturday. In the first period 12 of Michigan's 21 shots (57.14%) came on the power play. In the second period 10 of UNH's 25 shots (40.00%) came on the power play. After that? Not even a power play opportunity for either team.
- I like Nagelvoort and his giant leg pads. They're like belly putters in golf; comedically oversized but effective in their own right.
Michigan takes on New Hampshire for game two of the series with some major changes in the lineup
Up in Winnipeg, former Wolverine hockey player/budding NHL star Jacob Trouba had some unfortunate luck and took a nasty fall Friday night. As anyone can imagine, the distance his fall started from is about the worst possible; thankfully he wasn't "aided" by an opponent or anything because this might have been much worse.
He managed a thumbs up on the way off the ice and reportedly had control of all extremities through the evening, culminating in his release from the hospital at about 1:30 Eastern. Not included in the video is the Blues showing a lot of class and fans chanting his name later in the game (which they would go on to win).
Thanks for the support. If you were wondering, the boards are not edible. I'll be back soon. #gojetsgo