I feel good about this game. Michigan wins 4-2
Michigan - Minnesota: Open Thread
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Does anyone have a stream for this game? I see that it's on FSD and FCSC, but not available down here in Maryland. I had to pay a bar $20 last night to buy BTN for the month, awful state.
Well I take that back. If you have Comcast buy the sports and entertainment package and cancel after the game tonight, it will cost you less than 50 cents. It's on fox college sports central.
You can watch on BTN2GO if you have access
Should've just listened to the radio.
Much more enjoyable listening to Al & Billy.
Let's Go Blue!
I'm not holding my breath though. Hoping to see us play competitively again and carry that momentum through the final eight games, which are considerably easier than this and sprinkled with a lot of home games (PSU, OSU, MSU, Minnesota)
Sinelli 1-0 U-M!
I agree with the start to this game
Sinelli from Hyman and Nieves. 1-0.
Gonna be one of those nights again if Minnesota continues to skate through our zone unimpeded like they did last night
Only one, maybe two, good chances for Minnesota there
Edit: No shots on that PP so apparently they got zero good chances
I think we're more likely to score shorthanded than when we're on the 2-on-1. I swear we never know what to do and we never get a pass across.
They've never been good at that. I don't know why.
You'd think since (on paper) our team is normally very individually skilled on offense that we'd be good at it but no dice
Sigh, back to the PK.
Didn't even touch the guy with the puck. Minnesota hasn't been good on the powerplay but we shouldn't be giving them more opportunities to fix it
I think Racine just made an incredible save...will see if we get a replay
Racine robbed them
We've looked flat out better than Minnesota so far. Their PP has been a mess, Racine has been a rock and Minnesota is giving out a crazy amount of odd-man chances for us
Yay, PK - now plz stay out of the damn box!
Minnesota still with a disturbing amount of chances from unmarked guys right in front of our net. One's gonna go in soon if we keep letting that happen
Whoa, C YA!
Minnesota takes a good penalty by just taking Tyler out. PP upcoming
When the Gophers have the puck it's like every pass is the greatest pass ever made. When we've got the puck, it's like they're about to fall asleep up in the booth. I'm fine with being a little partial, but show a little excitement the other way every now and then...
It's tough to tell which team has a more inflated opinion of their team - North Dakota or Minnesota. Both think their teams are god's gift to mankind and the greatest programs in the history of organized sports
It's one of the many reasons I love Ken and Mickey calling Wings games. Yeah, they're definitely pro-Wings, but they put just as much effort into the time when the other team has the puck as when the Wings do.
Real good zone time right there. A solid minute there where Minnesota didn't even touch the puck
Sigh, no joy.
Until Minnesota cleared, that was a terrific looking powerplay. The openness of Olympic ice certainly helps, but you don't often see a Michigan PP unit look that crisp. Nice to see
Red came back with Racine tonite?
8 starts in a row is a lot for a freshman. He needed a break.
so no not really. He's been equally money tonight thus far
Whenever Red retires, we need to make sure we keep Blackburn. He's our best assistant in my opinion. He just churns out processions of excellent goalies
Shit, they score. 1-1.
Quick 2-on-1 and Racine had little chance at it.
Icing on the 4th line, then they get caught trying to change. 1-1 game.
Too bad they scored, but at least we're not down 2.
We came out pretty hot but stagnated midway through. Minnesota had the bulk of the chances from there and is still getting wayyyyy too many wide open looks from inside the top of the circle.
As it was last night, we are fortunate Racine has been money and they only have one goal. We're fortunate to have one
1) Please to be hitting the net, guys
2) Downing, guh.
Situational plays have been a big problem for our 4th line this year; defensive zone faceoffs especially. That's probably why Red never keeps them together for consecutive games.
Apparently Minnesota has a Kampfer which is throwing me off and also making me feel nostalgic at the same time
He's been working hard and I think has been the clear #3 creator on offense only behind Copp and Compher. The goals haven't been going in for him like the others but he's making plays and creating offense for us
FUCK! They score, 2-1 them.
Another 2-on-1 for Minnesota, another goal
I'm starting to get tired of these constant defensive breakdowns
Why is Zach not in goal tonight? He had one bad night it happens freshman.
And Racine played well last night. Why pull the goalie who just played well for the goalie who struggled against Penn State? Let Zach get his footing again at Yost, not at Mariucci
Michigan back in skid and frustrating to watch.
Good things happen when you can keep it in the zone. PP upcoming
Whoa, C YA! Good pressure draws the penalty.
So close but can never get a bounce to go our way.
Sigh, no joy.
DAMMIT, they score, 3-1.
Are NCAAs even realistic this year?
We're looking like a 3-4 seed right now and of our final 8 games, 6 are at home and 6 are against the bottom feeders: OSU, MSU, and PSU. Very good chance we'll make it
We finsh the season with Minnesota, Penn State, MSU (1) and OSU (1) at Yost. Only two road games at Munn and in Columbus.
Downing the likely #1 d-man. Need a couple more season to fix this D. Red will retire by then.
Moffat is damn good.
Shots are almost even, we have 18, they have 19. Both 0-2 on PPs, We've won 17 faceoffs to their 16. We just can't put the puck in the net.
Anyone else feel this team has gotten worse as the year gone on? Of course we struggled to score goals with so much talent sigh
We've been able to win because of outstanding goalie play, but our blueline has been playing like this the entire year.
We turn the puck over in the D-Zone 15 times a game and allow half a dozen 2-on-1's. It's catching up to us.
Anyone have tips for an easy way to make stuffed burgers?
Google juicey Lucy's. The food network recipe is good.
Pretty even game, to be honest. Both teams pretty sloppy in their own end (us)/the neutral zone (them), Gophers doing a slightly better job of converting. Our special teams are better than theirs, for what that's worth.
Fox Sports Detroit, brought to you by the University of Minnesota Hockey Network?
FSD is picking up the Fox Sports... North or whatever feed from Minnesota. Because that's way cheaper than ... well, having the BTN crew work it since Fox owns both of those.
It's the feed from Fox Sports North, or something like that.
Another 2-on-1, big save Racine.
Sigh, Downing, contact to the head.
Wow, Downing tossed in consecutive nights. Have to assume he's going to get suspended now...
Do you feel we don't have enough snipers on this team?
That's the problem, it's all finesse. Besides JT Compher and Andrew Copp, we don't have anyone who is willing to go to the net.
not so much skill guys, but guys who just are good goal scorers, a la Denny Felsner or (for those unfamiliar with D Fels) Brett Hull.
Motte is close behind but not getting quite the same production. Hyman tries hard but seems snake-bit
Everyone else on the top few lines is just underperforming frankly. Boo, PDG, Guptill, Moffatt, etc. Don't know what their deal is but they're useless most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if Guptill even wants to be here anymore (my guess is no)
There have been a number of games where we have trouble putting the puck in the net.
Consider these two NHL Draft picks! Both in the second round
Boo Nieves has not scored in 22 or so games, only 1on the year vs a weak RIT team
Phil DiGiseuppe has 1 in the last 16
Because of the lack of offense, there are no guaranteed wins like in the good ole days. Regularly lose exhibition games and colossal losses to RIT last year and at PSU this year.
Boo never got going and PDG and Guptill both seem to have regressed since promising freshman campaigns
Mac Bennett carrying a huge burden on D this year with an immense talent deficiency
They score, PPG, 4-1 them.
Racine given up 9 goals in two nights? Time to pull for Zach?
Maybe one was his fault. Maybe.
When Minnesota just gets a shooting gallery going in front of the net, Marty Turco probably would've looked human. Zach or Steve, doesn't matter - they were going to get smoked with how many chances we gave up this weekend
Like I said yesterday, the guy has one bad weekend against a crappy team, ostensibly because he just didn't think they'd be that good and you pull him…
Nagelvoort earned his starts, but he has to bring it every day in practice and every game. It's not like he's tons better than Racine, so the starting job is a lock for him. We don't know what happened in practice, but if Racine did better, seems to me it makes it easy for Red to make the switch.
Er, yay, they only scored 1 PPG in a 5 min major?
Either Minnesota is way better than we are or we cannot adjust to the Olympic size ice rink. We had the same problem in Madison. I'll be interested to see how we do next month when we get back to Yost.
In any event our block M trumps their upside down W.
Honestly, Gopher guy should have had his head up. Regardless of what the Gopher idiots were saying, Downing kept his elbow down. That's a clean hit, frankly.
Shit, Sinelli, WTF?!?!
This one can't end fast enough
Lucky to get only 2 there.
Cross-checked him right on the neck. I'd be pissed if a Gopher player did it
Jeeze these gophers commentators are bigger homers than Mickey Redmond. Just ship up already you clowns.
And they do not have the redeeming feature of actually understanding hockey like Mickey.
Like Dickie V and Dakitch combined
Just like last night.
Is there a pane of plexiglass behind their goalie?
I saw a lot of shots right at the goalie. With no traffic in front, a good goalie's going to make the save.
We played hard but were clearly out matched - the blueline is something of a disaster compared to recent Michigan teams
Fortunately, we're over the hump. Every game from here is easier and several of them should be very easy on paper. I think we should go 6-2/7-1 from here and find ourselves on the 2/3 seed line
4-7-1 since Christmas, out scored 28-36, offense, defense and goaltending are trending down. Ohio State is playing better than the first half. Perhaps MN will have first clinched by the last weekend and not compete as hard, but there is a big talent differential. Does M need to be backed into a corner ( threat of missing NCAA) before it runs a streak. Time to win the home games with at least 9 remaining games, 6 at home, 1 each at OSU and MSU and a neutral B1G playoff
We're 7-1-2 at home. We'll be fine.
Outside of yesterday's 1st period, we skated right with them in their building on their communist ice. Only difference is they buried their easy chances and we didn't.
We weren't overmatched like we were American International or something but it was pretty clear who the superior club was. We skated hard but couldn't do much. Minnesota created a ton of chances and buried many of them. They were quicker, passed better, shot better.
We played hard enough to win I think...but Minnesota was just better than us. We'll see if we can flip it in A2 but I'd be surprised if we did better than a split (though Minnesota is known to struggle on the smaller ice sometimes)
There goes any chance of a B1G Championship. If anyone is "shocked" that Michigan got swept by the #2 team on the road, I mean I don't really know what to say.
Now it's about getting the 2 seed in the B1G Tournament and avoiding the dreaded 3 days, 3 games format.
Michigan can sweep through the rest of their schedule in the regular season due to the home games. They've also won at both road venues they will be playing at.
This is it right here. Next weekend, Michigan has to come out and humiliate penn state, in BOTH GAMES. You better believe that 0-4 loss is in their heads and I don't think they're gonna be any less determined after what happened the last two games.
It has to start at Yost. They can do this. Let's just hope that Guptill gets back soon. Despite my gripes about his antics, he is a good player and we need him out there.
Also: fuck FSN for putting a simulcast with the homer network for minnesota.
Next time, I'm going to mute the TV and have Al and Billy on the radio playing.
Last year after a few big hits, Trouba couldn't hit anyone without getting 2. That's two majors for Downing in two games, hopefully he doesn't get marked like Trouba did.