So is the Dynasty officially over?? :(
a terrible blight on our fine country
|Michigan Hockey: Miami Preview|
|#3 Michigan (7-2-1) at Miami (4-6-0)|
|11-11-11 7:35pm (Not Televised)|
|11-12-11 7:05pm (Not Televised)|
I would like to first start out by saying Thank God this is not us. Both teams came into the season looking for answers on the offensive side and so far Miami has had a lot of trouble replacing the departed. I guess it's difficult to replace a 70 point scorer, a 50 point scorer, and a 30 point scorer if you're not Red Berenson. Rilley Smith leads the group as the highest scoring starter to return this season but the results have been ugly, right now this team does not appear on the NCAA top 40 in scoring. They are awful at scoring and when they do score it's still ugly, and that's about the only scoring highlight there is. Miami has played a weak schedule so far with the best opponents being Ferris and LSSU and was swept by both, so it's safe to say that this team is not very good.
The reason I only chart four defensemen is because these four are the only ones who are listed on the official score sheet. The forwards were bad but this group of defensmen might be the worst in the country, which is very surprising because this is not a young unit of blueliners. They have a huge problem with penalties and a mediocre PK, and if they continue this trend Wolverine forwards will have no problem getting quality scoring chances.
The picture illustrates how not to play defense so that even someone with little understanding of the game could realize what is going on. The forward is bringing the puck down and the defensemen is bailing because he was caught so high up. He should be 5 feet back keeping pace, not turning his hips trying to keep up. This is a mistake we made in squirts, it's unacceptable in college hockey and they seem to do it way to much.
What happened? The regression from both goalies and defensemen have been huge, fans expected a drop in production but nothing like this. It's so bad that the Reichard has gone from All-American to 30th in GAA AVG and unlisted in SV%. Miami likes to split goalies so we will see both Reichard and Knapp, but at this point I don't think it really matters.
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As Usual the forwards have been strong, but I have been very impressed by Guptil and Travis Lynch so far this season. Both have been positive contributers on the scoring end this year, but have also been playing solid defense and have been out of the box. I'm excited to see how they play this weekend against such a poor defense, especially after playing above-average to outstanding blueliners the past three series.
Greg Pateryn 2-8-10 SOG 23 +9 PMIS 8
Mac Bennett 2-7-9 SOG +9 PIMS 4
Lee Moffie 1-5-6 SOG 20 +10 PIMS 8
Mike Chiasson 0-4-4 SOG 5 +14 PIMS 9
Brennan Serville 0-3-3 SOG 6 +4 PIMS 0
Kevin Clare 1-1-2 SOG 4 +5 PIMS 0
In an earlier preview I compared the defense to a horror movie, our guys are the unsuspecting male protagonists who never see the bad guy sneaking up behind them. At this point it's getting old because it happens way too much. Watching film on previous games the other teams are not getting great scoring chances, but most of the time when they score it's because of a defensemen watching the puck and letting his guy get behind him. I can not point to a reason why this happened because the upperclassmen are making the mistakes, It's not like this was caused by not having Jon Merrill and Chad Langlias. Hopefully they can make a statement this weekend and get some confidence moving forward.
Still Hunwick even if he isn't getting a lot of help from the defense.
I have given up predictions because I am a superstitious sports fan and so far every prediction I have made has not came true. Looking at how bad Miami is and how we have played so far I would give us an edge, but we play on friday so anything can happen. Ill leave the board to discuss.
So is the Dynasty officially over?? :(
and for not jinxing us ;]
Also, Saturday standing room tickets are still available for only $17, everyone go invade Cady:
Me and the manfriend are planning on leaving AA by 10:30 to catch the football game at a bar before the hockey game... does anyone know how early we should get to the Arena for willcall and getting seats?
Also also, I really wish Michigan Stadium had this policy:
"Patrons with standing room only tickets may move to vacant seats after five minutes into the second period."
Hoping for a sweep, as Miami has been wretched. But it's on the road. Anything less than 3 points is a terrible weekend IMO
No TV : (
The Dailys doing a live blog: