U-M Hockey vs ND Sunday Open Thread

U-M Hockey vs ND Sunday Open Thread

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on February 18th, 2018 at 5:03 PM

At the beginning of January, when the hockey team starting playing well, they faced ND and kept it close, but lost both games, 2-1. Friday night, they stole a road win, 4-2. Going for the sweep!

A called goal against was overturned on replay, so anything can happen! (I thought it was the right call, but since when do replays go our way?)

Time: 5:30PM EST

Watch: BTN

Listen: MGoBlue Audio


Let's Go Blue!!!

OT: Questions about the NHL withdrawal from Olympics

OT: Questions about the NHL withdrawal from Olympics

Submitted by crg on February 17th, 2018 at 1:17 PM

I'll try to keep this quick:

Is there any record of how the individual team owners voted regarding the league's Olympic participation? I know most anger is directed at Bettman, but he's just the front man. How did the Illitch's vote?

Also, there doesn't seem to be much outrage here in the US since 1) we typically are competitive but not dominant in hockey even with the NHL players and 2) hockey is not a major driver of professional sports here as compared to FB and BB. I'm curious if there is more widespread outrage in Canada, where they nearly always compete for gold in hockey and win very often (and have no other professional sports seriously challenging for media dominance annually). Tried to find some of this online, but I know there are enough knowledgeable board members to get a decent answer here. Thanks!

Edited for clarity.

Team USA (M) Hockey game 3 vs. OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia)

Team USA (M) Hockey game 3 vs. OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia)

Submitted by goblueram on February 17th, 2018 at 7:07 AM

Team USA closes out the round robin group stage against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.  It's been a crazy group with USA and OAR dropping openers to Slovenia and Slovakia, then flipping the script in game two.  On paper this is a bad mismatch...Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, and a host of proven stars for OAR.

Who can forget 4 years ago at this same spot in the group stage, when USA and Russia took it all the way to a shootout and beyond.  TJ Oshie!

USA vs. OAR, 7:10 am est, USA Network, NBCSports App, etc.


Last night's results:
Czech Republic 3 - 2 Canada (SO),  Switzerland 8 - 0 South Korea, Slovakia and Slovenia are also squaring off during our game.

Current group standings:


Michigan Hockey Rooting Guide: Week 21

Michigan Hockey Rooting Guide: Week 21

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 16th, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Ol’ Dex wants to know what to watch [Bill Rapai]

I know Brian just did a Bracketology Update on Monday, so I decided to look at more of the specifics of what/when/who to watch this upcoming weekend.

Notre Dame Preview






Players Drafted

Skaters >.75 PPG









2: Marody, Calderone

2.76 (Lavigne)

.905 (Lavigne)

Notre Dame






3: Evans, Oglevie, Burke

1.75 (Morris)

.950 (Morris)

Things That Michigan Will (Probably) Need to Do to Get Points This Weekend:

1. Stay Out of the Box. This is where Michigan lost both games against the Fighting Irish last month. They didn’t take a ton of penalties (only five combined), but Michigan gave up three of their four total goals surrendered with ND on the man advantage. When the game was at even strength, the Wolverines played Notre Dame pretty even, and maybe even outplayed them a bit at Yost.

2. Don’t Get Caught. Michigan has done a better job lately of staying home defensively and covering for defensemen (Quinn Hughes) who skate the puck deep in the zone. Michigan is probably going to control the puck and get the majority of attempts. When that is the case, it is very important not to gift your opposition goals by getting too aggressive and giving up odd man rushes. Staying out of the box and defensively sound will give the Wolverines their best chance to grab points this weekend. Defensemen, pinch with care.

3. Finish. Just get the puck in the net. Over the last couple of weekends, Michigan has created some chances and given guys some opportunities, they just have not finished. This is the season's do-or-die series. It is time for Marody and Calderone–Michigan’s go-to scorers–to finish their chances.

Final Thoughts. I like how this series sets up for Michigan. As Brian stated earlier this week, they’re probably going to need a win this weekend to be in comfortable position in the Pairwise ranking. Michigan gets their Game 7 at home on Sunday, so Friday night kinda becomes found money. If they’re able to get something in South Bend, all of a sudden Sunday becomes a great opportunity. If not, they’ll have the friendly confines of Yost to fall back on for an all-or-nothing chance.

[After THE JUMP: dissecting the Big Ten standings and nationwide rooting interests according to Pairwise]

Team USA (M) Hockey game 2 vs. Slovakia

Team USA (M) Hockey game 2 vs. Slovakia

Submitted by goblueram on February 15th, 2018 at 9:57 PM

Need a bounce back game after a late collapse from 2-0 up to lose in OT against Slovenia. Former Wing Jan Mursak dominated the game. Slovaks are coming off a huge win against OAR.

10:10 pm est USA vs. Slovakia, CNBC CBC NBCSports App

Group standings:
Slovakia 3 pts
Slovenia 2 pts
USA 1 pt
OAR 0 pts

Team USA (M) Hockey game 1 vs. Slovenia

Team USA (M) Hockey game 1 vs. Slovenia

Submitted by goblueram on February 14th, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Olympic hockey is live now on NBCSN, NBC Sports App, CBC, etc.  For some primer, take a look at this thread where we discused the tournament and no NHL players.  Of course it's the first time since 1994 with no NHL-ers in the Olympics.  We've got one former Wolverine to watch on the team in Chad Kolarik.  There's nothing like Olympic hockey...this doesn't really feel like a "Miracle" team, but let's hope for a great tourney.

Game 1:  USA vs. Slovenia

Other games on now:  Slovakia vs. OAR

Future USA games:  2/15 10:10 pm EST vs. Slovakia,  2/17 7:10 am EST vs. OAR (Russia)

Group A:  Canada, Czech Republic, Korea, Switzerland
Group B: OAR, Slovenia, Slovakia, USA
Group C:  Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden

Friendly reminder to thank Gary Bettman by boycotting the NHL during this tournament!

Update after game 1 from group B:

TEAM Pts Wins Losses
Slovakia 3 1 0
Slovenia 2 1 0
USA 1 0 1
OAR 0 0 1