Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #29: Michigan 1, Michigan State 1 (SOW)

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #29: Michigan 1, Michigan State 1 (SOW)

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 9th, 2018 at 11:09 PM

 

“Any more goals yet?” [JD Scott]

[Ed. A- David DMed me about this piece late last night and I didn't see them until now, so the front-page tardiness is on me. Should still get you ready for tonight's game at LCA, though]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

14 5 88%

Second Period

16 6 53%

Third Period

22 7 71%

Overtime

3 2 60%

TOTAL

55 20 67%

Analysis: I’ve never seen such a discrepancy in even strength attempts in a period. MSU did have a long power play early, but Michigan controlled most of the game at even strength. The story of the game was Lethemon making saves and Michigan skaters just not finishing. The Wolverines created chances all night and got pucks to the net from all over the ice, including the House area and low slot. They just could not beat Lethemon. Aside from a handful of games this year, Michigan has generally been able to create looks, but their finishing has consistently been suspect. For the first half of the season, the DMC line carried them, but even that production has dropped,as defenses have been able to prepare for them; Michigan has also drawn higher-quality goaltending. Nothing exemplifies that better than tonight’s game.

[Hit THE JUMP for more]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #28: Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #28: Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 3rd, 2018 at 10:56 PM

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Yeah, kinda like that [Eric Upchurch]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

26 13 62%

Second Period

14 8 54%

Third Period

12 10 67%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

52 31 60%

Analysis: Granted, this was probably score-adjusted, but whoa. After a night where Michigan did not create anything at even strength, this looked like a different offense. Michigan took 31 attempts (60% of their total) from the House (front of the net to the dots and up to the top of the faceoff circles) and came away with no goals. Sports! Before there was any score, Michigan created about four looks that had great chances of producing a goal. So, it wasn’t all situational. If the Wolverines reproduce this, they’ll likely get four or five on the board. Hayton played well, but he had bounces go his way tonight. There were rebounds, trickles, and whiffs all night. Michigan just could not bury anything. There are nights like that, and Michigan got one when they could least afford it. Let’s see if they can reproduce this next weekend. They’ll need to do so.

[After THE JUMP: the defense held up, but the goaltending didn't]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 2nd, 2018 at 11:12 PM

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Dakota Raabe had quite a nice night on the PK and was rewarded with an empty-netter [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 5 41%

Second Period

11 5 39%

Third Period

12 4 41%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

38 14 40%

Analysis: Not Michigan’s best offensive game. Each period, the Wolverines seemed to create a few nice looks at the net, but that was about it. They didn’t have a high volume of chances, nor did they overwhelm Wisconsin’s defense. Michigan’s offense was mostly buoyed by their power play. During even-strength play, Michigan could not generate a whole lot. This game seemed a lot like the second PSU game from a couple of weeks ago, and the inverse of the OSU game last Friday. There was not a lot of organic offense, but the team leaned on other realms to pull out the victory. Jack Becker did have a nice circle route on which he powered though a couple of Badgers and was rewarded with a wrister that beat Jack Berry. He has really come on in the last month.

[After THE JUMP: establishing Lavigne's baseline and looking at how special teams won the game]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 20th, 2018 at 10:51 PM

Post game hug

“That was all you, tonight, Hayden!” [Bill Rapai]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

21 11 53%

Second Period

13 8 38%

Third Period

15 4 33%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

49 23 41%

Analysis: Michigan did not have an exceedingly high volume of shots, but they did create a solid number of quality looks, especially when the game was within reach. As the game wound down, and Michigan nabbed their three-goal lead, they backed off and protected their blazingly hot goaltender. The second line of Warren-Norris-Slaker was the best line of the night. Probably the best thing to emerge from the weekend was a dangerous second line to complement the DMC line. It is still quite the drop to the listed third line (Sanchez-Raabe-Winborg), but the listed fourth line of Becker and the Pastujovs had a great night last night and looked relevant again tonight. Another robust test is looming next weekend for this growing offense.

[After THE JUMP: how to stop 70+ shot attempts] 

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #23: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #23: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 19th, 2018 at 11:13 PM

Jack Becker had two tallies, including a great re-direct at the top of the crease [James Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

18 8 49%

Second Period

20 8 48%

Third Period

16 7 53%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

54 23 49%

Analysis:  Going back a couple of years, Michigan has not outplayed Penn State at even strength. They pounded the Nitany Lions on the scoreboard two years ago, but that was mostly due to special teams. That was not the case tonight. They played a top-five Corsi team to a draw and generated better offensive chances with more consistency. I was not as high on Peyton Jones coming into this game, but he played very well and definitely kept his team in the game until Michigan finally blew it open late. Michigan pressured the Lion defense and got into the house area all night. They also moved the puck from side to side very well and could have scored more much earlier if not for a very nice game from Peyton Jones. Lastly: three even strength non-DMC-line goals. Ye-uh!

[After THE JUMP: the defense holds and special teams take a step in the right direction] 

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #22: Michigan 3, Minnesota 1

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #22: Michigan 3, Minnesota 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 13th, 2018 at 11:31 PM

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OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

14 7 45%

Second Period

13 5 56%

Third Period

11 3 61%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

38 15 52%

Analysis: This was not an offensive juggernaut by any means, but this is not what the game lent itself to for Michigan. They scored super early, a nice wrister by Brendan Warren– again. Michigan then got a PP tally a few minutes later. While they did create a few chances, Michigan was mostly content to control play and suffocate this game away…which they seemed to do starting in the mid 2nd period. Aside from trading PP goals in the 2nd, Michigan enjoyed a lot possession and generally put the puck in safe places. In a series that generally requires goalz to win, this one did not, and Michigan played it well.

[After THE JUMP: a defensive juggernaut in wait?]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #21: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #21: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 12th, 2018 at 11:32 PM

AcePainting

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OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

9 1 41%

Second Period

12 3 50%

Third Period

14 6 42%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

35 10 44%

Analysis: After two games of outplaying a better team, Michigan definitely ceded the puck to Minnesota for the majority of this game. Ironic that this is the one of the last three games that they won. Two of their four non-empty netters were mostly luck. Michael Pastujov threw a puck into the slot and it was kicked back at Robson and between his pads. Warren’s first goal went off of his stick heel (after making a very nice break for the slot, though) and just inside the post. To be fair, Dancs picked a corner and Marody hid a nice snipe under the bar, though, for the first and third Michigan goals. Both Pastujovs are starting to look a little more dangerous, and I also thought Sanchez created some in the offensive zone. Now, if he can just not take silly penalties...

[After THE JUMP: insane penalty stats, woooo defense?]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #20: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #20: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 8th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Guess who’s back, back again… [Bryan Fuller]

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

12 4 46%

Second Period

20 7 59%

Third Period

13 6 50%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

45 17 52%

Analysis: Michigan did not have a fantastic offensive game from a volume standpoint, but they did create a lot of good scoring opportunities from the house area– especially the low slot. Having Quinn Hughes available really does add an extra dimension to the offense. There were multiple times that he took the puck end-to-end or just skated circles around the offensive zone looking for nooks and crannies to drop the puck. Once again, though, regardless of what Michigan was able to create, Cale Morris was up to the task. The only goal came on a rapid-fire rebound for Josh Norris after Hughes got deep in the house and forced a reactive save. Overall, it was an encouraging output against a good defense and an elite goalie. Soon, though, they’re going to have to find the back of the net.

I don’t have a chart for this, yet –or a great place to add this- but I counted Michigan getting three odd-man rushes on offense. They had a 2v1 and a couple of 3v2s. The Wolverines generated one good shot and the puck hopped Hughes’ stick, otherwise he would have had an open look.

[After THE JUMP: cleaning (up shots from the) house]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #19: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #19: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 5th, 2018 at 10:06 PM

(James Coller/MGoBlog)

Cale Morris must have had his kale, today (James Coller)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

18 8 53%

Second Period

17 2 50%

Third Period

26 7 62%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

61 17 55%

Analysis: Michigan was down two of their top-six forwards tonight, but you couldn’t exactly tell. They were able to control the puck for the last 50+ minutes of the game and create chances all over the ice. Calderone scored the lone even-strength goal of the game on a power move that somehow caught Morris off of his near post, and the puck trickled between him and said post. Notre Dame entered the game with a elite defense and arguably the best goaltending in college hockey and the latter is what saved them. I thought Michigan was able to beat the Irish defense with enough consistency to score multiple goals. However, Cale Morris was just as good as advertised (with the help of one large post) and stole Michigan’s pot of gold in the end. Michigan didn’t overwhelm from the house area, but multiple lines were able to generate chances, and that is definitely something to build on for the Wolverines. 

[After THE JUMP: quantifying a great defensive effort]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #16: Michigan State 5, Michigan 0

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #16: Michigan State 5, Michigan 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on December 8th, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Yeah, I’ll take one of those! (Bryan Fuller)

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 10 64%

Second Period

14 4 54%

Third Period

18 10 51%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

55 24 57%

 

· Analysis: So, this was similar to and actually better than last night, but the pucks didn’t go into the net. It’s also more complicated than that. Michigan’s problem is that they have basically 1.5 scoring lines. Last night, Calderone netted a hat trick. Tonight, the DMC line didn’t score and neither did Michigan. Remember the CCM line? They had an additional 1.5 competent lines behind them. That is not the case this year. Michigan’s offense will seemingly go as their top line does. Also, MSU’s defense did a nice job of generally keeping Michigan from really great scoring chances all around.

[After THE JUMP: stats and discussion of defense, special teams, goaltending, and odd-man rushes. Also, a picture of a self-inflicted wedgie]