I know we are still in the heart of football season, but i do not want to ignore the hockey team all together. We are 4-2-0 on the season with an embarrassing shutout loss to Alaska and a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at BU, but still ranked #4 in the nation.
This weekend is huge, which may be a even bigger understatement. We are hosting Miami who is currently ranked #1 in the country and is coming in with a 6-1-1 record. A tie to New Hampshire and a OT loss to sparty.
I am not sure what to think of Miami right now, their schedule is questionable but they are still hanging right with us statistically. Michigan is averaging 3.67 G/G and allowing 2 G/G, whereas Miami is scoring 3.25 G/G and allowing 2.25 G/G. Michigan's PP is a lousy 18.8%, but has an impressive 91.2% PK. Miami PP is 20.9% , with a 83.7% PK.
This is my take, Michigan needs to come out strong, which we have so far (12 of 22 goals in 1st). If we are able to put two in the 1st i think the defense will be able to hold off Miami for the rest of the game, assuming our offense wins the TOP battle. However, we will have to buckle down for a strong Miami 2nd (17 of 26 goals in 2nd). This is also when Miami is statistically playing their worse defense, so Michigan should be able to take advantage of this.
Just curious to thoughts.