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09/12/2018 - 10:48am It is. They brought some…

It is. They brought some into the Press Box at halftime. Very good.

09/04/2018 - 7:52am Thanks, man! 

Thanks, man! 

03/26/2018 - 11:57am True.

You're right. I think I wrote that at 2:45am, haha. I meant to say "stood in a line."

03/19/2018 - 1:00pm Post

I had a post on this last year and I was going to refresh it for later this week. Its very similar to what you're saying...and including a little bit more.

03/12/2018 - 10:22am Lavigne

Yeah, he's a decent goalie. Sometimes, he'll play really well and basically steal games, but I think his consistent level is a few notches below that. He doesn't look comfortable with the puck, outside of the crease, though...as it really showed on Saturday. His rebound control and puck-finding are both incinsistent, as well. But, he's really big and gets in the way a lot, so that can overcome some technical deficiencies, sometimes. If Michigan plays good defense around him, its usually enough for them to be in the game at the end, if not positioned to win.

03/08/2018 - 4:43pm Yes

I agree with that...except maybe the Northeastern part. They have 2 of the top 5 scorers in the nation and a top 5 goalie. I'd probably prefer Clarkson, Providence, or maybe...Minn St?

03/08/2018 - 3:31pm Yes.

I agree. I said the same thing on the podcast, this week. In this case: Hooray!  But...that's not the ideal set-up. 

03/08/2018 - 10:56am Win?

Haha, its sports. Michigan can still win this game because things happen and pucks will or won't go into the net. Unfortunately, though, I do think that Ohio State is a very, very good team and checks a ton of boxes in the numbers department. Hopefully, Michigan is able to finish their chances and make it to next weekend! I should be in the press box...hopefully

03/07/2018 - 11:29am TV

1. B10 Women's Basketball Tournament

2. Regular BTN2Go was Minnesota at Penn State...which was also a great series

03/03/2018 - 11:04am Tone.

That is in part by design. I'm not necessarily trying to write a traditional 'recap' with narrative, as I am a breakdown of what happened on the ice and the different areas of the game. I started doing these a couple of years ago in an attempt to figure out what I was watching and why it was happening. Then, I was turned on to some more advanced stats and how to look at special teams, etc. The OMR section started as a joke with some friends because we thought that most of Michigan's goal given up were due to getting caught out of their zone. 

Anyway, I just wanted to clarify where I am coming from when I sit down after games and put all of these together. I've never really thought of myself as a writer...maybe more of an...explainer(?) of the thoughts in my head and the conclusions I have/am reaching.

Thanks for the comment!

03/01/2018 - 10:47am You're welcome!

I appreciate the kind words. It also just helps me organize the information for myself, going into the weekend, haha.

02/26/2018 - 11:22am Android

I have an android phone and can get them in the app on android. 

02/24/2018 - 12:21pm OMR

I generally count OMRs as having an extra guy on a rush across the attacking blue line. I exactly remember the play you're describing, but that is more of a defensive zone turnover. 

02/19/2018 - 1:06pm Forward.

Unless M crashes the next 2 weekends, I'm thinking they're probably in. Playing for a seed, now, though, as I think they have a shot at a #2 if they keep winning. I'm not sure who to root for, yet. I'll have something by the end of the week, again.

02/19/2018 - 11:40am AHHH!

THAT'S the one thing I forgot to add. I'd been telling ppl all weekend and then I didn't write it down, haha.

Thanks for bringing it up!

02/19/2018 - 7:14am Photo

[email protected] is the photographer

02/18/2018 - 11:14pm Perfectly?

If everything goes perfectly, I think they have a shot at picking up a few spots. Clarkson is in a freefall, Minnesota goes to PSU, Providence has a road game, and Duluth has a tough away series. If all falls correctly...they have a shot at 7th!

02/18/2018 - 9:34pm Good call.

Adam took care of it.

02/17/2018 - 12:50pm Yes.

Unfortunately, we did not have a photographer there, so I had to use some stock photos.

02/16/2018 - 12:37pm I hope so.

Every time I talk myself into Michigan stealing some points, this weekend, I remember Morris's save % and am like....ughhhhhh, haha. Hopefully, they pick some corners...

02/16/2018 - 11:45am Want?

I mean...sure, from that viewpoint, you're right. But...counting on winning 2 in HV, Madison, Minneapolis is a big ask. They need to get to the B10 semis, regardless, and the best way to do that is to host. But, yes...getting road wins is always better.

02/16/2018 - 11:27am My bad.

B/c sometimes I am an idiot and type the wrong thing. But then I go back and edit it and hope for everything to be okay, again!  :)

02/11/2018 - 1:32am PWR

It really comes down to PWR. Beating ND would certainly help that. A tie would help. I think they will probably need to get out of the first round of the B10 tournament. Hosting the series would be a huge advantage. I tweeted a bit about some things to look for...

02/11/2018 - 1:29am Season series.

Technically, its 2-1-1, as last night goes down as a tie.

02/03/2018 - 11:03am At-large bid

I tweeted last night that it currently looks like 12th is the safe spot. If Minn St, Providence, Cornell, or Clarkson win their conference tournaments, then one additional spot will be added. Most of the teams currently 'in' are from two conferences.

01/13/2018 - 5:21pm I will try to remember to put

I will try to remember to put apostrophes in to emphasize which numbers are 'years.'

01/13/2018 - 10:54am Yes.

Haha, you got it correctly. It started with being a Jets fan and joining Twitter around the height of 'Revis Island'

01/13/2018 - 1:32am That's me!

That's me!

12/08/2017 - 12:09pm Thank you.

I appreciate your support.

11/12/2017 - 4:52pm This Weekend

It was such a bonkers couple of games. I wish I could explain the numbers more or come up with a few takeaways...but I'm just not sure of a whole lot. There are about 3-5 working theories, and I feel like we'll know more after the OSU series in a couple of weekends.

11/03/2017 - 12:03pm Box Score

I've thought about doing something like that, but I list some of the same things in my Breakdowns. And there are plenty of boxscores on mgoblue, uscho, and chn. I'm more looking at how they played and if there are certain variables that are repeatable or isolated. Also, I think the post is long enough, already...especially for hockey, haha. However, I usually am open/willing to adjust things as necessary as long as the content remains readable and smooth.

11/03/2017 - 10:03am Thanks

Thank you for reading! 

11/03/2017 - 8:10am Goalie

The difference to me is that JLF was a 3rd round pick. Lavigne wasn't drafted and entered college as a 20 year old freshman...which means he played juniors as long as he could because it was the best opportunity he had. GENERALLY, the rule is that if you're good, they'll find you. 

Now, I really like Lavigne. They can win a title with him in net, for sure (obviously they need to improve in other areas). He'll be here another two years, I would guess. 

I would still say that JLF is a little more athletic and probably has a higher ceiling than Lavigne and he's two years younger. I think its fine to rotate them more a time, but as we close in on the Big Ten season getting into full swing, it is probably advisable to go with a larger split than 50/50. 

To reiterate, I am not down at all on Lavigne...just a bit higher on JLF.

10/30/2017 - 2:26pm Jones.

I wasn't a fan of Jones because I thought he was very inconsistent in his rebound control and  in some of the goals he gave up. There were multiple soft goals that he allowed. Also, if you look back at the previous few games for Penn State, they gave up 14 goals in their previous three games. Some of those could obviously be on the defense, for sure, but I saw a few that were not. Perhaps, he just had an off-weekend, but I wasn't overly impressed last year, either.

10/30/2017 - 2:22pm Thank you.

Glad you enjoy the Breakdowns. I track them various ways. Most places will give out shot charts to media, designating what type of attempt each mark was. Some places are better than others about it...and go into more detail. A lot of the times I use the charts because I don't have the time to go back through every single game. However, there are some games that I do go back through and watch and mark my own charts. Some places do not designate special teams attempts. Those I have to go back and at least watch the power plays. I'm sure there are much more advanced ways of doing this -somewhere, but I am mostly just starting out doing most of this. Each of the past couple of years, I've edited/changed some things in my process, etc.

10/30/2017 - 2:18pm PP

So, PSU had 36 PP shot attempts. I had 7 misses, 12 blocks, and 17 shots. I'm not trying to take anything away from the PK, at all. It was more a comment of not giving up a goal on 36 shot attempts with a man advantage seems like a bit of an outlier. If we count their next 36 shot attempts given up on the PK, I would be very surprised if they do not surrender a goal.

10/30/2017 - 9:04am Shot Blocking

Oh for sure. They've definitely been much more sound on the defensive end in terms of positioning and staying in front of guys. My comment about being lucky was referring to the penalty kill. It definitely seems improved, but giving up 30+ attempts on 7 PPs without giving up a goal doesn't seem sustainable, regardless of how good your PK is. At some point, the man advantage will move defenders and the goaltender enough to find the back of the net.

10/29/2017 - 6:50pm House

The slot is a general term for 'between the circles.' the House is shaped like a Home Plate, going from the crease up to all 4 faceoff dots... basically the best shooting area.

10/29/2017 - 6:47pm Goalies and House

Both goalies are sophomores.

Also, I know CHN tracks corsi, but I don't think they break it down by zones. I actually track 8 different zones but only talk about House and everything outside of that. It's easier and idk if anything else is relevant. I just like to have as many specifics as I can.

I'm sure programs with Analytics departments track plenty of different things. I'm basically just scratching the surface.

10/28/2017 - 10:52am Radio

Good for you! I had to listen to the 11-12 and 12-13 seasons on the radio, too. So, I completely understand where you're coming from!

10/28/2017 - 10:46am Friday

I appreciate the support. Games like last night make me not want to stay up until too late to figure out all of the numbers, haha.

10/25/2017 - 1:30pm Preview

I haven't gotten to doing many previews, yet. That's a bit more than I have time for, especially during football season. However, I am intrigued by this upcoming series because PSU is a high corsi team that tried to keep possession and get as many attempts on net as possible. Michigan looks like their trying to do the same thing. So, it will be interesting who can control the game, when both teams are looking to do the same thing. I know PSU had some talent, last season, but I have not looked into who left/stayed, yet. 

I think at this point, getting 3 of a possible 6 points would be desirable, though. 

10/25/2017 - 1:26pm House

So, the House is the area between all four faceoff dots, angling down to the crease. It looks like Home Plate or a House. It is the best area of the ice to shoot from. So, if you're getting a lot of your attempts from there, your chance of converting those scoring chances goes up. On the flip side, you want to keep your opponent from getting those looks...obviously.

10/21/2017 - 2:15am Higher Corsi

Yeah, it was very few. Maybe...4-5? Even when Michigan won games it was because of special teams success or outstanding goaltending. I was unable to write-up the first weekend because the shot charts did not differentiate between special teams and 5v5...so the numbers were completely skewed. However, from what I can tell, this season is off to a much better start, in terms of puck possession and attempts at the net...let alone hanging the goalie out to dry on OMRs. 

10/21/2017 - 2:12am Thank you for reading. I will

Thank you for reading. I will do as many as I able to do. Football season makes it tough, but I should be able to do almost every game after November...with a handful between now and then.

10/21/2017 - 2:10am House Content.

Yes, I designated 'House' instead of 'Home Plate' because it's easier and shorter. And, yes, it is shots or attempts (whichever is relevant to the compartment) inside the House area. I'd like to add 'rollover' definitions, but I'm still learning the software/programs, etc. If you have in depth questions about how/what I'm doing, feel free to tweet/email me. I'm honestly just trying to add more hockey content/coverage/understanding to the MGoLibrary.

Corsi is 5v5 attempts at the net...so, goals/saves/blocks/misses combined. Basically, anytime you are trying to score. It is probably the best way to measure puck possession. This can provide a little more insight into how well a team played, instead of just looking at the final score...which could be attributed to a number of different factors.

So, I'm looking at how many times did you throw a puck at the net...and then how good of a scoring opportunity was that specific attempt. This is all very generic, but I think it can help with a deeper view of the game and how well a team actually played.

04/24/2017 - 3:11pm Corsi Formula

Corsi is essentially puck possesion.  Kinda like soccer possession.

The formula I use is "MTU attempts divided by (MTU attempts + Opponent attempts)"

The 73% should actually be 71%.  Everything else should be correct. 

02/28/2017 - 8:24pm MGoPoints

Done.

01/22/2017 - 4:58pm Corsi

It is used to track how good a team is in even strength situations.  Granted, there are other aspects, for sure, but 5v5 is the best representation of actual 'hockey.'  So, how much do you control the puck/generate offense with 'all things being equal.'  Not a definite answer but a deeper look than just Shots or Goals. 

01/18/2017 - 11:08am It was!

DiGiono rising crust with triple meat!