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Spartanforlife4
01-28-2015, 11:24 AM
Somehow this became one of the best series on the conference schedule.

The Spartans come in on a relative hot streak going 4-2-2-2 plus a win over the U-18 squad since mid-December. Last week they grabbed both games against OSU for their first sweep in over a calendar year. Those six points vaulted them up to third in the Big Ten, just a game behind Penn State.

Michigan on the other hand, has been the hottest team in the nation by far, going 12-1 since losing to Penn State. Take out the one loss and the GLI, and the lowest amount of goals they've put up is 4. Since the GLI they're averaging 6.8 goals per game. It's essentially like taking on Team Toews.

The only other game of the season between these two teams resulted in a 2-1 win and GLI title for a shorthanded Michigan squad. Since then both offenses have gotten better but Michigan's has been in another world.

This Friday will be another match-up at JLA. 7:30 on FSD.

Next Saturday will be the result of one of Dave Brandon's last hurrahs, selling Michigan's second home game for the Hockey City Classic in Chicago.

I'd be happy with scraping up two points, because it means we either contained the offensive powerhouse or matched it. However, this has the definite possibility to get ugly.

owslachief
01-28-2015, 01:01 PM
Hey - a game thread! I love game threads!

Scarlet
01-28-2015, 01:16 PM
So here's a question - who is the home team for each game?

Spartanforlife4
01-28-2015, 02:32 PM
So here's a question - who is the home team for each game?

MSU was originally scheduled to have just one home game this year, so they'll be at home at Joe Louis. So that leaves Michigan as the home team in Chicago, which will be matched by the jerseys. Michigan has white fauxbacks (I don't think they ever actually wore them) and MSU is using football's pro combat look, i.e. green, black, and bronze.

wolverineTrumpet
01-29-2015, 07:49 AM
...MSU is using football's pro combat look, i.e. green, black, and bronze.

We get to play Wayne State in Chicago? Such craziness.


Looking forward to Friday at the Joe. Disgusted with the Chicago outdoor game, would rather be at Yost.

After not missing a Michigan outdoor game since the Cold War, last year I skipped the GLI and I may just continue this trend of not attending outdoor games. I understand that there is a large alumni base in Chicago, but to take 2 teams that are within an hour of each other and move them 3+ hours away from both campuses is silly. That and football and baseball stadiums are terrible for watching hockey.

*rabble, rabble, get off my lawn!

Spartanforlife4
01-30-2015, 08:30 AM
Honestly, if they really wanted to do another Michigan-Michigan St game in a non-hockey arena, I would have wanted it to be in - wait for it- Ford Field *gasp*. Yes, there was the debacle that was the Frozen Four, but it would be in Michigan, you could then say the two schools have played at every major stadium in the state (not counting the Palace), and it would definitely get more attendance than what they're going to have at Soldier Field.

wolverineTrumpet
01-30-2015, 05:10 PM
Is the game at the Joe seriously sold out? Already have my tax, but GA is sold out, and looks like scattered singles in the lower bowl. I wonder what the actual attendance will be.

Spartanforlife4
01-30-2015, 08:53 PM
Well, certainly wasn't expecting that!!!

owslachief
01-30-2015, 09:27 PM
Well, certainly wasn't expecting that!!!

I was secretly hoping but remembered my fear of rejection :). My heart's been broken so many times before. I was not surprised by the low total goals ... I think even Wolvie fans would acknowledge their whopping total the last 3 games was a tad inflated by going at a depleted OSU and a Wisconsin team that looks to have mailed it in. Yes there's no doubt they have the most talented forwards by and large but Anastos has this MSU team really going in the right direction defensively and can rely on the league's hottest goaltender.

Looked to me like unlike the last 2-1 game at JLA, MSU worked just a little harder than U-M did tonight.

Pirateasaur
01-31-2015, 01:04 AM
I was secretly hoping but remembered my fear of rejection :). My heart's been broken so many times before. I was not surprised by the low total goals ... I think even Wolvie fans would acknowledge their whopping total the last 3 games was a tad inflated by going at a depleted OSU and a Wisconsin team that looks to have mailed it in. Yes there's no doubt they have the most talented forwards by and large but Anastos has this MSU team really going in the right direction defensively and can rely on the league's hottest goaltender.

Looked to me like unlike the last 2-1 game at JLA, MSU worked just a little harder than U-M did tonight.

I had a similar fear going into the 3rd period. 1-1 going into the final frame...I've seen this one before...surely a hard fought 2-1 loss to a team whose offense can be relied on to get it done. But as fate would have it, another gem from our defense and goaltending who are all becoming increasingly reliable.

alfablue
01-31-2015, 08:17 AM
Well, certainly wasn't expecting that!!!

You forget that your team is the kryptonite of our offense. Has been for years, regardless of the coach. Right D + good goalie causes problems- if the goalie gets hot, well, no or few goals for us.

Spartanforlife4
01-31-2015, 09:07 AM
You forget that your team is the kryptonite of our offense. Has been for years, regardless of the coach. Right D + good goalie causes problems- if the goalie gets hot, well, no or few goals for us.

I don't know about that. Certainly for one or two games a season, but going back the last few seasons, here are the goals we've given up against you guys:

2012-13: 5, 2, 5, 3, 5
2013-14: 0, 2, 5, 7, 3
2014-15: 2, 1

But hey, if kryptonite is going to be the new norm, I'll take it. Who'da thunk it'd be you, us and PSU in the top 3 at this point? Surely you guys would be here, but likely behind Minnesota

alfablue
01-31-2015, 09:42 AM
I don't know about that. Certainly for one or two games a season, but going back the last few seasons, here are the goals we've given up against you guys:

2012-13: 5, 2, 5, 3, 5
2013-14: 0, 2, 5, 7, 3
2014-15: 2, 1

But hey, if kryptonite is going to be the new norm, I'll take it. Who'da thunk it'd be you, us and PSU in the top 3 at this point? Surely you guys would be here, but likely behind Minnesota

There may be games where the scoreboard has been lit up. But there are plenty of games where MSU's D understands how to stop the goals. Half the games you list, we scored 3 or less, 5 two or less. That pattern goes back for as long as I've watched- back in 1990- I remember one frustrating game at JLA, and seeing our high scoring team getting trapped do death. It happens, a lot. To the point that I will not predict a weekend series even if you are last and we are first (and vise versa).

You are right about the B1G. Especially how Minnesota started the season.

UMICH
02-04-2015, 08:32 PM
Somehow this became one of the best series on the conference schedule.

The Spartans come in on a relative hot streak going 4-2-2-2 plus a win over the U-18 squad since mid-December. Last week they grabbed both games against OSU for their first sweep in over a calendar year. Those six points vaulted them up to third in the Big Ten, just a game behind Penn State.

Michigan on the other hand, has been the hottest team in the nation by far, going 12-1 since losing to Penn State. Take out the one loss and the GLI, and the lowest amount of goals they've put up is 4. Since the GLI they're averaging 6.8 goals per game. It's essentially like taking on Team Toews.

The only other game of the season between these two teams resulted in a 2-1 win and GLI title for a shorthanded Michigan squad. Since then both offenses have gotten better but Michigan's has been in another world.

This Friday will be another match-up at JLA. 7:30 on FSD.

Next Saturday will be the result of one of Dave Brandon's last hurrahs, selling Michigan's second home game for the Hockey City Classic in Chicago.

I'd be happy with scraping up two points, because it means we either contained the offensive powerhouse or matched it. However, this has the definite possibility to get ugly.

Technically you were the home team at the Joe, and technically Michigan will be the home team Saturday in Chicago, but you knew that. I'm just bumping the thread. I'm guessing that Michigan will come out pretty determined on Saturday. How does the sparty-klan feel about how your team will play?

Spartanforlife4
02-04-2015, 11:16 PM
These outdoor games usually create slower ice, which helps us.

It's either going to be another close win by us or you guys win in a blowout like 5-1. Holding the floodgates give us the advantage in a low scoring game but you guys could very easily put up 4 in a period and blow it open early.

owslachief
02-05-2015, 09:53 AM
These outdoor games usually create slower ice, which helps us.

It's either going to be another close win by us or you guys win in a blowout like 5-1. Holding the floodgates give us the advantage in a low scoring game but you guys could very easily put up 4 in a period and blow it open early.

According to Weather.com, 34 to 36F and cloudy with 5-10mph winds out of the south. Ideal for outdoor hockey, and not bad for the fans either since wind is not from the lake.

alfablue
02-05-2015, 12:12 PM
According to Weather.com, 34 to 36F and cloudy with 5-10mph winds out of the south. Ideal for outdoor hockey, and not bad for the fans either since wind is not from the lake.

Considering how miserable it is here (SE MI) right now, that forecast seems hard to belive.

And it's really close to the weather of the Big Chill game.

Spartanforlife4
02-06-2015, 09:21 AM
According to The Twitter, MSU is on its way to Chicago via bus. I thought they'd get there a little earlier to have some more practice on the rink but guess not.

owslachief
02-06-2015, 06:12 PM
WELL SOMEONes going to rip someone a new 7GS8df7s909 i think

Spartanforlife4
02-07-2015, 04:07 PM
I figured we were done with late starts after getting out of a conference with Alaska. Puck drop now set for 9:40-10:00.