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SkinsFan09
10-22-2012, 02:40 PM
First meeting of the year for two teams off to solid starts. Home and home, not many storylines. I expect a split with both road teams losing by a goal or two.

Happy Husky
10-22-2012, 06:50 PM
Saw UNH in the first game of the St.Cloud series and they looked good,nice to see Umile get his 500th win,they will have a good year,The Huskies might take both games,they have a bit more in the tank this year,looking to see how Rawlings holds up and if he plays both games,it all hangs on his head,he's got the tools to do it,but can he?,that is the mystery that NU can be,good enough to win the Beanpot,and maybe the National Championship if he's hot,or the basement if he flops,it seems the team feeds off of how he's doing in either direction,I'm calling for two wins for the Huskies,I'm an optimist,and hoping for the best,Madigan has brought some good guys in and deserves a little credit-Go Huskies!

Snively65
10-22-2012, 09:17 PM
If the Cats play the Huskies the way I saw them play the Terriers on Saturday night, the Cats should take all four points. If the two post and two crossbar shots had been an inch or two inside, that would have been an 8-1 game.

cjbiggie
10-23-2012, 07:04 AM
Saw UNH in the first game of the St.Cloud series and they looked good,nice to see Umile get his 500th win,they will have a good year,The Huskies might take both games,they have a bit more in the tank this year,looking to see how Rawlings holds up and if he plays both games,it all hangs on his head,he's got the tools to do it,but can he?,that is the mystery that NU can be,good enough to win the Beanpot,and maybe the National Championship if he's hot,or the basement if he flops,it seems the team feeds off of how he's doing in either direction,I'm calling for two wins for the Huskies,I'm an optimist,and hoping for the best,Madigan has brought some good guys in and deserves a little credit-Go Huskies!

Love the optimism, but I just can't see the Huskies sweeping this one after last weekend. We'll see, but some flaws were exposed at BC. But again who knows.

SkinsFan09
10-23-2012, 08:03 AM
If the Cats play the Huskies the way I saw them play the Terriers on Saturday night, the Cats should take all four points. If the two post and two crossbar shots had been an inch or two inside, that would have been an 8-1 game.

That means nothing, BU sucks :)

If we play like we did vs. BC at home, we'll take 4 points. There, just to give you a different point of view.

Huskies01
10-23-2012, 08:47 AM
NU will play close but lose up at the Whit. Much like the NU defense was not ready for a game at Conte on Saturday, having road game #2 at UNH is no improvement. A tough break for the young kids, but it is what it is. Back home on Saturday night though, I think NU comes out on fire, lights up UNH in the first period, and coasts from there, much like they did in their first two games. 2 points each, and we go on our merry ways.

Funny, I was looking up and down the UNH roster familiarizing myself with the squad trying to figure out who the big guns up front are. Normally I can name the first line pretty easy. Not so much this year. No household names up front, but, deep. I do find it interesting that your top senior forward has as many points in his career as our top returning senior, #9. (Not counting Vinnie here since he got the bulk of his points at some county college on Comm Ave.) So no one in particular for NU to prepare for, but it seems like goals can come from every line.

I think UNH will be surprised though at how deep NU is up front with its top 11 forwards though. Our 12th guy barely plays, but the rest rotate pretty consistently. Roy on the big ice sheet with room to do his thing also bears watching.

Should be two interesting games.

northeastern
10-23-2012, 10:21 AM
As goes Rawlings.. so will our wknd. He is a Senior.. of course i am putting pressure on him, as he does (hopefully) on himself.
The rest all looks good.
:)

Ryecheers
10-23-2012, 11:29 AM
NU will play close but lose up at the Whit. Much like the NU defense was not ready for a game at Conte on Saturday, having road game #2 at UNH is no improvement. A tough break for the young kids, but it is what it is. Back home on Saturday night though, I think NU comes out on fire, lights up UNH in the first period, and coasts from there, much like they did in their first two games. 2 points each, and we go on our merry ways.

Funny, I was looking up and down the UNH roster familiarizing myself with the squad trying to figure out who the big guns up front are. Normally I can name the first line pretty easy. Not so much this year. No household names up front, but, deep. I do find it interesting that your top senior forward has as many points in his career as our top returning senior, #9 Should be two interesting games.

I agree with most of what you say. We always find a way to lose at the Whitt. While UNH does not have one superstar returning, they have a lot of good players who zip around the big sheet and play well with each other. They also have better than average goaltending and D. We never seem to score more than two or three goals on their lake, so our D had better find a way to frustrate them or we'll leave with another loss. We should fare better at home.

I would be satisfied with a split.

JB
10-23-2012, 01:35 PM
Funny, I was looking up and down the UNH roster familiarizing myself with the squad trying to figure out who the big guns up front are. Normally I can name the first line pretty easy. Not so much this year. No household names up front, but, deep. So no one in particular for NU to prepare for, but it seems like goals can come from every line.


For UNH goals are comming from everywhere at the moment. I don't have ice time but i think the first 3 lines are pretty even and the 4th gets in there regularly. Stat wise it doesn't help that USCHO hasn't updated to show 3 games played - HE online has all 3.

Right now UNH has 8 players who are scoring at least a point per game, Knodel a D man in that group did play the 1st game (unknown reasons). 15 players have at least 1 point, that leaves 8 guys that have played and not hit the scoring sheet, 4 of those have played just on game, the other 4 have played every game and are the goalie and 3-D men.

Style right now (who knows for how long to relapse) is fast and aggressive, I thought they made both BU and SCSU look slow for long stretches of those games. At the Whitt UNH is as physical as you can be on that big a sheet, and the game with BU got nasty. They are winning battles on the boards at a high rate. Plus they are going to the center of the ice. Of the 13 goals scored so far 11 have been from between bottoms of the circles top of the crease. The other two, one was between the circles above the dots through a screen, the last on a power play nice wrister to the left while moving right at the top of the right circle.

It will be interesting to see what happens for UNHs first game on the road...

Split-N
10-23-2012, 03:33 PM
As goes Rawlings.. so will our wknd...

That says it all, from the NU point of view.

FWIW, I saw both of the UNH-SCSU games on network TV along with stretches of the UNH-BU game (during breaks from the NU-BC feed). I hafta say that I was stunned at the team speed that UNH displayed and impressed with the balanced scoring. Looked a little different from some of the more plodding UNH teams I remember. And DeSmith played like a mainstay D1 goaltender. Should be two pretty competitive games as each team will likely have its hands full with the other.

BU looked awful. Hope it stays that way.

JB
10-23-2012, 03:46 PM
FWIW, I saw both of the UNH-SCSU games on network TV along with stretches of the UNH-BU game (during breaks from the NU-BC feed). I hafta say that I was stunned at the team speed that UNH displayed and impressed with the balanced scoring.

BU looked awful.

For UNH fans it is big question based on what happened last year.

Is UNH really this good or BU and SCSU that bad?
Is UNH that fast or are BU and SCSU that slow?

There is so little to go by at this point and for UNH all at home too. Don't get me wrong I am very happy at 3-0 out scoring 13-6. It is so much better than last years 0-3 having been crushed by a combined 14-1... What does it mean at this point is still up in the air. This is true for everyone.

You could say NU beating BC was big. Then BC goes out a sleep walks through the 1st 2 periods against Umass and you have to wonder if in those 5 periods were they playing yet? or still on a hangover.

Thiessen'sBetter
10-23-2012, 06:07 PM
I've seen UNH a bunch this year thanks to that random Fox Sports package. I've been really impressed. They might have the best offensive defensemen in the league highlighted by TVR, Knodel and Hardowa. NU is a lot faster this year but I can't see us winning on the big sheet on Friday night. Saturday night is a coin flip game IMO, and hopefully solid student support will get the Huskies 2 points.

I would be thrilled with a spilt, the UNH who dominated the HE regular season a few years ago with forward depth, great team speed and reliable goaltending appears to be on the fast track back.

Verkligen
10-23-2012, 08:19 PM
I would be thrilled with a spilt, the UNH who dominated the HE regular season a few years ago with forward depth, great team speed and reliable goaltending appears to be on the fast track back.

Agree that NU fans should be thrilled with a split...

Admittedly, I find myself thinking that being so confident in these kids is: a) premature, and b) overly hopeful. Yet seeing the determination and go (even while beating SCSU and BU in a big and bad way) across ALL the lines has me ALSO thinking, "Don't wince at expecting wins!"

Can I finally be an unapologetic optimist without sounding like an unreasoned fool? *grin* My guess is the thinking will stay tentative or grow much stronger after this weekend. (And looking forward to a night at Matthews either way... It's such a fun place to watch the puck fly about.)

northeastern
10-23-2012, 10:18 PM
Is UNH that fast or are BU and SCSU that slow?

Wildcats are legit.. will be tough to beat at home.

Huskies01
10-24-2012, 08:29 AM
As goes Rawlings.. so will our wknd.


I do not feel that is right. The team has played well in front of him so far, but they are not there yet. The juniors and seniors have done next to nothing on offense since the first game, and the only guy out of that group to score this year did so in the first minute of the first game of the year. I am not counting 91 in that group as I do not feel he is one of the guys who is counted on to score consistently. 74-9-45 needs to start putting the biscuit in the basket. 14 and 79 also need to start finding the back of the net. Roy cannot be the only one generating offense out there. 45 especially is starting to worry me. Seems like the 2nd half of last season where he disappeared has carried over to this year. 6 shots on net in 3 games for a first line forward? Not good enough.

I am hoping this is the weekend where the guys we expect to score, start scoring. The defense and Rawlings have played well so far, but they need this "deep" group of forwards to start picking it up. To me, its not on Rawlings this weekend, its on the offense to start being an offense. UNH is going to get their goals, we are not shutting them out, can NU score enough to keep up?

Ryecheers
10-24-2012, 08:36 AM
That says it all, from the NU point of view.

Looked a little different from some of the more plodding UNH teams I remember. And DeSmith played like a mainstay D1 goaltender. Should be two pretty competitive games as each team will likely have its hands full with the other.

bu looked awful. Hope it stays that way.

Plodding UNH teams??? Which one? I don't remember it, not in this century at least. You can't plod and win at the Whitt.

WildShawn
10-24-2012, 09:15 AM
Plodding UNH teams??? Which one? I don't remember it, not in this century at least. You can't plod and win at the Whitt.

Yeah, I'm with you on this one. UNH has never, in the Whitt generation, had a plodding team. They've had some, well recently, many, that were un-aggressive, too passive, but they've always been fast skating, maybe with not enough direction. I like what I've seen in the two games I've seen on the tube (SCSU 1 and BU) so far, though I don't think either opponent were outstanding, and BU's goaltending handed UNH that game on Saturday. At least 3 of them were awful/saveable goals (reminded me of the shots that were going in AGAINST UNH last year early, before the switch in net), which demoralized BU for the 2nd half of the game.

That said, I think each home team wins this weekend, probably not going out on a limb here. I'd love to see UNH return to their top 4 days, and so far, their more aggressive style seems to be trending in that direction.

Good to see Speelman back healthy, seems like he's found an extra gear in the early going. Hoping to make it to the Lake on Friday....

SkinsFan09
10-24-2012, 01:57 PM
We can both agree Maine sucks, right?

JB
10-24-2012, 02:27 PM
Plodding UNH teams??? Which one? I don't remember it, not in this century at least. You can't plod and win at the Whitt.

When I first read "plodding UNH team" my brain processed it as aimless. I don't recall UNH being slow and certainly not since the lake opened. But the last few years it was fast for the sake of being fast, there didn't seem to be much point.

This year’s team is fast but focused. They are going somewhere (to the front of the net when they have the puck) fast.

I am honestly still waiting to see if the bad habits of the last few years are gone or if they will come back. Being a long time UNH fan I am programmed to expect the other shoe to drop at some point - typically when it will hurt the most so March/April.




... and Maine does suck, but I am actually starting to feel sorry for them...

GoUNH
10-24-2012, 06:44 PM
We can both agree Maine sucks, right?

Careful, they will bring up the glory days.