Thursday, December 31, 2009

Back from break

Here are a couple of notes going into this weekend's series against RIT. Watch for more in the gameday preview ...

Word from coaches and players is that practices have been good and that the break came at a good time. That was a tough nonconference stretch that included long road trips to Bemidji and Omaha. They're still disappointed about losing that OT game at Omaha right before break.

Lines have been flipped around a bit. They're looking for more scoring, and they're considering this weekend the start of the second half of the season. A couple of reasons for the line changes: 1. Tyler Thompson is banged up but he's also out for Friday's game after getting a fighting major in the game at Omaha. 2. Michael Dorr is moving up the line chart. As I've said all along: They've been looking forward to his availability all season. Dorr has three points in three games.

Jason Wiley returned to practice this week. He's been out since getting injured in the second Gopher game. It doesn't look like he's going to be playing on Friday, but it's good to see him skating again. It sounds like Andy Sackrison's recovery from a broken leg is coming along nicely, and may be try to skate on it next week.

As for the second half. The Bemidji series was the official end of the first half of the regular season. However the second half of the WCHA schedule begins next week at North Dakota. Someone mentioned a favorable second-half schedule. Is it? I'll put the remaining games below. Tell me what you think:

Jan. 8-9, North Dakota (road)
Jan. 15-16, Minnesota Duluth (home)
Jan. 22-23, idle
Jan. 29-30, Michigan Tech (road)
Feb. 5-6, idle
Feb. 12-13, Wisconsin (road)
Feb. 19-20, Alaska-Anchorage (home)
Feb. 26-27, Denver (home)
March 5-6, St. Cloud State (road, home)

1 comment:

BIGhkyfan said...

You mention more scoring and then go on to talk about the forwards.

Numbers don't lie according to a past MSU Prof I had. So I'm going to throw some numbers out there as it relates to the D which has always been a topic of discussion.

Over 80% of goals come from rebounds. A high % of rebounds come from defensive shots.

Below are our D listed by Pt/GP(points per game played) from the USCHO site along with +/-;

1. Youds +1
2. Davis +5
3. Schiller -1
4. Mosey +2
BIG gap with 5-8 Pt/GP

5. Elbrecht +3
6. Boe -1
7. Cooper -4
8. Canzanello -3

The numbers say that we have D not playing that when they do, contribute.

Yes, defense does win games, yet you have to out score your opponents first. And the more time spent in their zone, is defense in it's self....

Perhaps a part of the scoring solution is noted above. Surely the coaches have these same numbers and can make a New Years resolution to the FANS and team to insert those D who can do it when given a chance. Time is running out.

ps- going to do some intel on #3 & #4's past...