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UWisco
09-26-2017, 09:54 AM
College Hockey News has Wisconsin ranked 4th in their preseason poll.

dtrumbower
09-26-2017, 10:05 AM
Will there be any stream of the game on the net? If the kids stays late enough, it will be fun to watch, since he and his Paintball team are going to MTU. :)

gwhinwi
09-26-2017, 10:20 AM
Will there be any stream of the game on the net? If the kids stays late enough, it will be fun to watch, since he and his Paintball team are going to MTU. :)

Haven't seen any listing of a stream for the game. Still hoping that something comes up though.

GBBadger14
09-26-2017, 01:00 PM
Haven't seen any listing of a stream for the game. Still hoping that something comes up though.

Milewskis recent article about the tv schedule mentioned that hed expect the opening game to be available on BTN Plus ($).

KaMiGo
09-26-2017, 01:13 PM
College Hockey News has Wisconsin ranked 4th in their preseason poll.

I thought that had to be a typo...I went looking for the list expecting them to be 14th. Sure enough, CHN has Wisconsin at #4 LINK (https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/09/26_CHN-Preseason-Top-10-A-New.php)

KaMiGo
09-26-2017, 01:15 PM
To round out the rankings, the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine has UW at 11 (Tied with UMD) going into the season LINK (http://www.uscho.com/rankings/usa-today-mens/)

Timothy A
09-26-2017, 01:30 PM
Preseason rankings......4 is high, 12 is about right. Hayton is a big ++++ but losing Kunin is a big --. The question you have to ask your self is how many games would have UW won last year with Hayton? I bet he was worth 5 wins on last year's team.

They play 9 (only 2 are outside of the state) games before they play a team ranked higher than them, is 7-2 too much to expect?

solovsfett
09-26-2017, 01:40 PM
Preseason rankings......4 is high, 12 is about right. Hayton is a big ++++ but losing Kunin is a big --. The question you have to ask your self is how many games would have UW won last year with Hayton? I bet he was worth 5 wins on last year's team.

They play 9 (only 2 are outside of the state) games before they play a team ranked higher than them, is 7-2 too much to expect?

Agree with your analysis on the rankings plus Hayton's impact or potential impact.

I'm worried about scoring. I think the D will be improved by the new kids but who will step up and score 20 or more goals?

WiscTJK
09-26-2017, 01:48 PM
Agree with your analysis on the rankings plus Hayton's impact or potential impact.

I'm worried about scoring. I think the D will be improved by the new kind did but who will step up and score 20 or more goals?

I worry about the offense with Donny moving on. I think the D and G will be improved.

solovsfett
09-26-2017, 02:02 PM
I worry about the offense with Donny moving on. I think the D and G will be improved.

Yeah, that's the part that's been concerning me since Don left and we all read he was the one pushing for the more free wheeling style.

Hopefully Johnson, Malone and Frederic step up and maybe Weissbach and Dhoogee(sp?) can chip in with 15-20 points as frosh

Wisko McBadgerton
09-26-2017, 04:21 PM
I'm pretty high on the boys this year. 12 is too low. Barring incident (as always) I expect no less than a #2 seed.

If Hayton was worth 5 wins last year, the Badgers would have likely been #4-#6. I've been on hockey vacation, but I did watch a little video on him and he's really good. Could be the missing piece provided he makes a smooth transition. Of course goalies are weird. I like Berry as relief a lot too. He seems to have the right mindset to show up and take advantage of an opportunity.

Trent Frederick has put 10-15 pounds on his 'puny freshman' frame. What a beast. I am sky high on Trent as well. 20+ goals is a done deal. Could even make a Blake-like run at the Hobey. As the returning MVP there isn't anything he doesn't do for this team. Plus his demeanor is perfect. Like a pro.

Speaking of putting on pounds, I've always been very high on Hughes. Going to be a great leader, produce a lot of points, and he finally is now a real grown man-sized player. This is it. It's all going to pay off this year.

Two things I'm thinking about. One is how big these early non-conference games will be for all the B1G, and how last year all the early games were huge whistle fests. Hope Tony is working that Power play hard.

The second is, which Freshman if any, will crack the top six? It seems that Frederick, Hughes, and Malone will all center lines starting out (rather than making some sort of super line) Anxious to see the lines. I think we will have guys that can produce points sitting in the stands this year.

Timothy A
09-27-2017, 01:36 PM
The second is, which Freshman if any, will crack the top six? It seems that Frederick, Hughes, and Malone will all center lines starting out (rather than making some sort of super line) Anxious to see the lines. I think we will have guys that can produce points sitting in the stands this year.

I'll give lines a shot.

S Dhooghe-Fredric-Zimmer.......I want to get the wings off to a fast start. Zimmer has untapped offensive potential.
Johnson-Huges-Weissbach......I want the wings to off to a fast start.
Baker-Malone-Freytag......Freytag has untapped offensive potential, Baker can score
Ustaski-Wagner-Zirbel......Can Ustaski continue where he left off? Zirbel showed a lot of good in limited ice time.
Ford-Labosky-S Dhooghe......

WiscTJK
09-27-2017, 01:40 PM
I'll give lines a shot.

S Dhooghe-Fredric-Zimmer.......I want to get the wings off to a fast start. Zimmer has untapped offensive potential.
Johnson-Huges-Weissbach......I want the wings to off to a fast start.
Baker-Malone-Freytag......Freytag has untapped offensive potential, Baker can score
Ustaski-Wagner-Zirbel......Can Ustaski continue where he left off? Zirbel showed a lot of good in limited ice time.
Ford-Labosky-S Dhooghe......

I can't see Ford not being in the lineup every night. Maybe we are that deep, but I don't see it. I always like his energy.

Bonin21
09-27-2017, 01:41 PM
A guy with 28 points last year on your 4th line?

gwhinwi
09-27-2017, 04:45 PM
17 games on TV this year. 14 on FSN.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Correction on this graphic. Oct. 7 vs. OSU on Fox Sports Wisconsin. <br><br>Nov. 26 vs. Mercyhurst at 5 p.m. <a href="https://t.co/8KhlIqcLcI">pic.twitter.com/8KhlIqcLcI</a></p>&mdash; Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/BadgerMHockey/status/913142844931616769">September 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Wisko McBadgerton
09-27-2017, 05:40 PM
A guy with 28 points last year on your 4th line?


Too many good players. What can we do...



I can't see Ford not being in the lineup every night. Maybe we are that deep, but I don't see it. I always like his energy.

I like Ford a lot myself. Tony does seem to like to balance his lines, not just up and down but across. Put a scorer on one wing and a guy that can play both ends, dig out the puck and get it back to the scorers on the other. (Burish... I think Burish had 20 something career goals at UW and 20 something in the NHL. But he was a hell of a player.) My theory is it's a holdover from Tony's time playing with Gretzky.

I don't know... Guys like Ford and Freytag could work their way in anywhere up and down the line up or not at all. Like Tim, I've always thought Freytag could probably score goals in a scorer's position.

To me Wagner should be a top six player that can score, but I guess it's in how it breaks down with the new guys.

Ustaski was up top last year... How about Ustaski -Frederick-Sean D? I like the aesthetic of 6'6"- 6"3"- 5'3"!

GBBadger14
09-27-2017, 08:00 PM
17 games on TV this year. 14 on FSN.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Correction on this graphic. Oct. 7 vs. OSU on Fox Sports Wisconsin. <br><br>Nov. 26 vs. Mercyhurst at 5 p.m. <a href="https://t.co/8KhlIqcLcI">pic.twitter.com/8KhlIqcLcI</a></p>&mdash; Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/BadgerMHockey/status/913142844931616769">September 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The game at BC is also on ESPN3 and there's still a chance that one or both games at Notre Dame will be on NBCSN. NBC owns the rights to ND home games.

Wisko McBadgerton
09-27-2017, 08:28 PM
My first week lines based on my two bigs and a small top line.

Ustaski - Frederic - S. Dhooghe

Wagner - Hughes - Weisbach

Zimmer - Malone - Johnson

Baker/Zirbel - Ford -Freytag


Linhart/Tischke

Davison/Greenway

Kalynuk/Inamoto

Ford could play center or wing. I'm undecided but I suppose I'd give Zirbel the start at C with Ford on the wing. I haven't a clue really... I think the only surprise to me would be if Linhart/Tishcke weren't the top pairing.

UWisco
09-27-2017, 09:07 PM
My first week lines based on my two bigs and a small top line.

Ustaski - Frederic - S. Dhooghe

Wagner - Hughes - Weisbach

Zimmer - Malone - Johnson

Baker/Zirbel - Ford -Freytag


Linhart/Tischke

Davison/Greenway

Kalynuk/Inamoto

Ford could play center or wing. I'm undecided but I suppose I'd give Zirbel the start at C with Ford on the wing. I haven't a clue really... I think the only surprise to me would be if Linhart/Tishcke weren't the top pairing.

I'd say Baker is a lock to be in the line up. Ustaski is more of a 4th liner in my opinion. Davison and Ess will split the final D-man spot. Wouldn't be surprised to see Linhart take either Kalynuk or Inamoto and Tischke to take the other. A Davison and Greenway pairing would be a big turnover concern.

Timothy A
09-27-2017, 10:18 PM
No UW hockey on WPT this year. UW wanted $50,000 per game, perhaps a price increase? Whatever the reason, it's a sad deal.