Michigan Hockey 15-16, Game #36: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Michigan Hockey 15-16, Game #36: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 20th, 2016 at 12:00 AM

BIG TEN CHAMPS [Patrick Barron]

 

OFFENSE

I thought Michigan's offense was very lively tonight.  They played another skilled team and had the better scoring opportunities.  The game went through stretched of carrying play for both teams, but it seemed that Michigan was able to consistently get deeper and closer to the slot for their chances.  Shots on Target ended close to even, but I think Schierhorn stopped a few more difficult opportunities.  

This was definitely a game for the CCM line, most of the damage coming on the Power Play.  However, the game-tying goal in the early third was something to behold.  Compher has just been a wizard with the puck the entire season.  With a guy in his sweater, he had a cross-ice pass to an open Connor who just ole'd Schierhorn (who probably played the situation correctly) from inside the dot and beat the charging defenseman to the post, sneaking the puck in the open net.  Adam will have fun with that one.  It was the Hobey cherry on top of his Hobey sundae season.  He has 35 goals and 34 assists.  He is NOT JUST A SHOOTER.  Connor now has an nine point lead on the second place point-getting...his center, JT Compher, who has a six point lead on their linemate, Tyler Motte.  Compher also leads the nation with 46 assists, 8 more than 2nd place.  Connor and Motte are first and second in goals with 35 and 31, respectively.  Michigan has NINE players with double digit goals; nine players with 20 or more points; and six skaters with 30 or more.  I don't know what else to say about this offense.

DEFENSE

Another terrific game defensively for the Wolverines.  Again, they allowed 33 shots to get to Racine, but -just like yesterday- most of them came from a distance and away from the dangerous areas near and in front of the net.  Minnesota does have quality players and did generate a few nice scoring chances, but Michigan limited them -for the most part- to what Racine was able to see and stop. Also, Piazza looked just fine playing for a suspended Downing.  Compher talked about the first goal in the intermission, saying that it was on a forward not locking up the trailing Bristedt (who notched his 20th of the season...no slouch there).  The defensemen seemed to have dramitically improved in the second half of the season (minus the OSU series), looking more comfortable on the puck, riding attackers away from the net, and staying sound defensive position.  I'm starting to believe that this level of defense can take them far.

 

Goodnight Minnesota [Patrick Barron]

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Michigan top Power Play line is just bonkers.  The entire Power Play is nuts.  They were 14 of 25 in the last five games entering the B10CG.  And went 3 for 4.  17 of 29, 59% in last six games, now.  The top line gets all three goals, tonight, as Motte, Compher, and Werenski all score...Werenski with the winner late in the 3rd.  Its really not even just the goals.  There were multiple opportunities where the puck could have easily gone in before it actually did.  The puck movement and passing is just incredible.  Each player knows where to be and seems to be in slow motion as the pass always seems to go to the open player...the entire point of a power play.  You honestly just cannot take penalties against this team. 

Michigan did a fantastic job staying out of the box, tonight, conceding only one man advantage.  Unfortunately, they were unable to get the kill.  Minnesota kept the puck in the zone the entire time and eventually Compher lost his stick.  The puck soon found its way to an open shooter on JT's side and Racine really didn't have much of a chance.  You don't like to give up Man Advantage goals, but if you're only in the box once, I can live with that.

 

GOALTENDING

Steve Racine was fantastic, tonight.  And actually, he has been for a while.  He's been criticized for a few clunky goals allowed -and he's had a few- but he's also saved the day on more occasions than are credited to him.  Again, the defense was sound for the most part, keeping the majority of shots away from the dangerous areas, but Racine was up to most of the ones that leaked through...including flashing the glove and stoning Tyler Sheehy midway through the third to keep the game tied.  He also had a ridiculous kick save off a deflection a few minutes later.  

You can probably place a little blame on him for the second goal.  While it does appear that there was some contact to his pad/skate, he looked a little gumpy and slow trying to get back across the crease to defend the wraparound.  I don't think it was entirely on him, but that was definitely very awkward. It also might have been Martin that hit him, making the entire sequence rather unlucky.  Other than that, he was very strong to start and end the game

 

BONUS: ODD MAN RUSHES

I only had two.  There were a couple I was close to tallying but decided against it.  The first was late in the opening period, a 3v2 with De Jong and Piazza back.  Nothing of note came of it.  The second was a little dicier.  A neutral zone turnover lead to a 2v1 that Martin made a perfectly time dive to smother the pass and take the puck to the corner.  This is very good.  I will keep taking this.

More Stauskas Love - from Grantland

More Stauskas Love - from Grantland

Submitted by JeepinBen on March 5th, 2014 at 1:33 PM

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/whos-that-guy-nik-stauskas/

So Why Should You Know Him? First and foremost, because it’s great rooting for goofy-looking Canadians to do badass things on a basketball court. I loved him last year, but now that he’s turned into a star, it’s even better. Nik Motherf—in’ Stauskas is fun for everyone.

I have no idea if Stauskas can be as good as Klay Thompson in the NBA, but for now, the Klay comparison works well. Imagine if there were no Steph Curry in Golden State and it were on Klay to lead the offense. Substitute Trey Burke for Curry, and that’s sorta where Michigan is right now. They have an improved Caris LeVert, Glenn Robinson III … but it all starts with Stauskas, the Lithuanian Canadian wild card at the center of the offense.

Blue Guava posted this in the other Nik thread and also mentioned that the author missed the "not just a shooter" memo, but it's nice to see Nik getting the pub on the "journalistic" side of the WWL

Nik Stauskas Profiled on NBADraft.net

Nik Stauskas Profiled on NBADraft.net

Submitted by Mmmm Hmmm on February 14th, 2014 at 7:45 PM

NBADraft.net recently put together a write-up about Nik Stauskas's draft prospects:

http://nbadraft.net/players/nik-stauskas

The grade they gave isn't keyed to a projected pick slot, but having used that site in the past to follow the draft, it usually is equivalent to a second rounder. For what it's worth, their latest mock draft has him as the projected 33rd pick, but 49th best on their Big Board.

Although it is not the most positive/flattering line and many will disagree with it, they sure did troll the "not just a shooter" drinking game: "Although he's viewed as more than just a shooter, his lack of overall speed could relegate him into being a one dimensional (spot up threat) pro"

I would love to see Stauskas beat these expectations!

[EDITED to fix projected pick and big board position]

Stauskas - #1 Overlooked Matchup Nightmare - Seth Greenberg

Stauskas - #1 Overlooked Matchup Nightmare - Seth Greenberg

Submitted by MFanNE on January 29th, 2014 at 9:18 PM

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncbexperts/post/_/id/1499/greenberg-und…

Obviously not just a shooter reference included in the write-up:

These matchup nightmares aren’t necessarily an elite scorer, a potential NBA lottery pick or someone who fills up the stat sheet each night. They’re simply the toughest players in college basketball to get ready for. Certain stars are obvious: Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker come to mind. 

But who are some under-the-radar matchup nightmares? Which lesser-known players affect a coach’s preparation more than almost any others? Let’s take a look at the top 10. 

1. Nik Stauskas | G | Michigan Wolverines 
Key stat: Averaging 22.3 points per game in his past four contests 

Stauskas/Game... Blouses Meme

Stauskas/Game... Blouses Meme

Submitted by JeepinBen on January 31st, 2013 at 8:36 PM

After reading about the 19th commenter who isn't sure what the Game... Blouses meme is all about, I'm making this thread trying to make it as easy as possible to find.

One sketch on the Dave Chappelle show was called "Dave's Epic Stories", one of which centered around Charlie Murphy's basketball game against Prince (yes, that Prince). Anyway, the whole sketch is below (with an annoying watermark) and is hilarious. In any event, watch the first clip, then look at the GIF of Stauskas. Plus "blouses" sounds like Stauskas"

(Just clip, embed disabled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3KskO3_2YQ)

Whole Sketch: (fast forward to about 4:25 for the dunk)

Stauskas GIF courtesy of Ace:

MGoMeme explained.