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uwbadgers14
01-11-2010, 03:04 PM
2 Different teams then when they met in week one. As a badger fan I'm excited to get back to WCHA play but these next 3 weeks will tell a lot about what kind of team we have...

Puck Swami
01-11-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm sure members of the Pioneer coaching staff will head down to Colorado Springs to scout this series, as DU has a bye this week and heads to Madison next week.

As Pioneer fan, the best outcome we could hope for is a pair of ties that keep both teams treading water in the WCHA.

This should be a very entertaining series. Both teams love to skate and that should be enhanced on the big ice. I think UW is little more talented, but CC will want to get some points this weekend after a rough trip to Duluth last weekend and should be very motivated on home ice.

uwbadgers14
01-11-2010, 03:24 PM
I'm sure members of the Pioneer coaching staff will head down to Colorado Springs to scout this series, as DU has a bye this week and heads to Madison next week.

As Pioneer fan, the best outcome we could hope for is a pair of ties that keep both teams treading water in the WCHA.

This should be a very entertaining series. Both teams love to skate and that should be enhanced on the big ice. I think UW is little more talented, but CC will want to get some points this weekend after a rough trip to Duluth last weekend and should be very motivated on home ice.

agreed, should be a very good series, as a badger fan i'm hoping for 3 pts, a sweep will be a difficult task even with our full healthy roster. CC has a way to take us out of our game but i do expect UW to play better then the 1st week in madison when they were without Derek Lee and Mike Davies both nights and saturday managed a tie without Geoffrion, Davies, Lee, B. Smith. and Mitchell so it will be a VERY different Wisconsin team that CC saw earlier in the season...

ganzhimself
01-11-2010, 03:28 PM
It's going to be a big weekend for Wisconsin. It's time for the boys to step up and get a meaningful sweep on the road to really set the pace for the second half of the season. Can't afford anything less than a series split this weekend, that's for sure.

oldtyme25
01-11-2010, 03:32 PM
With all the players back from the World Jr's, and everyone healthy, going to be some pretty interesting battles for ice time among the forwards.

The First Line is the only unit that I think is set in stone.

Here is my picks to take to CC.

Murray - Geoffrion - C. Smith
Bendy - Stepan - Davies
Bomber - Thurber - Street
Mitchell - Dolan - Grotting/Johnson

I think Lee has played himself out of the lineup, he was invisiable in the Showdown and did not win many battles against the U-18 boys. You have to keep Stepan and Davies together as they are the two most creative players on the team. Thurber has been a nice surprise since his return to the lineup and has been both productive and physical in his play, I don't see how you can send him back to the stands when you compare his play to Lee, Mitchell, Johnson and Dolan's. That being said, I think you can create a whole host of options with the 3rd and 4th lines.

WeWantMore
01-11-2010, 03:40 PM
What's the website you can pay to watch games on? It's B-something right? And would you recommend it?

ganzhimself
01-11-2010, 03:43 PM
Can't remember the site, might be able to find the info on CC's website. I've paid for the games there before, if you REALLY want to watch it, it's worth it. Stream quality is generally iffy at best, but it's better than nothing, that's for sure.

dogs2012
01-11-2010, 03:51 PM
The website is http://www.b2livetv.com/.

It's like 7 bucks or somethin for a game. Hope that helps.

Bullitt
01-11-2010, 04:30 PM
Any other Wisconsin fans comin' to the games this weekend? I'll be at both games with my family...heading to Outback Steakhouse (just outside the World Arena) before the game, both nights. A couple of years ago, we had quite a few Badger fans in Outback. (CCTig...you're invited too!)

Should be a tough and very entertaining series this weekend.


Cheers,
Bullitt

CCtig
01-11-2010, 04:54 PM
Any other Wisconsin fans comin' to the games this weekend? I'll be at both games with my family...heading to Outback Steakhouse (just outside the World Arena) before the game, both nights. A couple of years ago, we had quite a few Badger fans in Outback. (CCTig...you're invited too!)

Should be a tough and very entertaining series this weekend.


Cheers,
Bullitt

Thank you Bullitt for the invite, I may make an appearance one or both nights. Regardless I'll see you this weekend somehow. Should be a pair of two good hockey games.

Go Tigers!!

Gandalf the Red
01-11-2010, 04:57 PM
What's the website you can pay to watch games on? It's B-something right? And would you recommend it?

I bought one of the nights when the Badgers played at CC in 07/08. Not sure if its changed, but it was the game feed from inside the arena, not horrible except for the stupid *******in tiger that they show all the time at whistles and what not. I doubt I'll buy it again this year, I just don't want to spend the money.

CC had a pretty easy road in the 1st half of the season, and had Eaves scheduled an exhibition before that opening series, I don't think CC would have won on friday night (since the Badgers handed to them anyway). The Badgers need to come out and kick butt from the first puck drop to the last buzzer on saturday. Time to be a contender.

I agree on Thurber get him in there. They had Street at wing against U18 and I thought that wasn't a bad spot for him. He is a good centerman, but his line is just not doing much offensively so why not stir the pot some and try something different.

ganzhimself
01-11-2010, 07:43 PM
The website is http://www.b2livetv.com/.

It's like 7 bucks or somethin for a game. Hope that helps.

Yikes. It IS $7 per game. I'll stick to the radio I guess, too rich for my taste and there's no guarantee it will be watchable on my crap DSL connection. Worked pretty OK when I had a nice fast cable connection last year, don't remember it being so expensive though...

WeWantMore
01-11-2010, 08:14 PM
Hey, thanks for the responses.
For some reason I thought it would be more in the $4-$5 dollar range. I still might give it a shot on one of the nights though, due to a string of weird circumstances I haven't watched the Badgers in over a month.

Bullitt
01-11-2010, 08:23 PM
Thank you Bullitt for the invite, I may make an appearance one or both nights. Regardless I'll see you this weekend somehow. Should be a pair of two good hockey games.

Go Tigers!!

LOL...you "may" make it to the games???

I'll be in upper 207 on Friday and lower 119 on Sat...and drinking BEER at Outback before the games! See ya this weekend.

Timothy A
01-12-2010, 12:32 PM
F Jordy Murray-Blake Geoffrion-Craig Smith

F Ben Street-Stepan-Michael Davies

F John Mitchell-Aaron Bendickson-Ben Grotting

F Andy Bohmbach-Matt Thurber-Patrick Johnson

UW's lines from practice yesterday. The John Mitchell-Aaron Bendickson-Ben Grotting is an ugly line. I see that line as more of a 4th line and the Thurber line as the 3rd line. Thurber and Bohmber with thier speed is a nice combo. I'd like to see a better finisher than Johnson with them, but I don't know who....maybe Lee (based on skill set and not performance)?

Trends...UW is coming off taking 3 of 4 pts @ the Showdown with a partial roster and a thumping of the U18 team and CC is coming off a bad weekend @ da Dawgs. Both teams need a sweep, who will get it?

Innova
01-12-2010, 12:44 PM
Both teams need a sweep, who will get it?

UW of course. (Or was that a rhetorical question?)

ExileOnDaytonStreet
01-12-2010, 12:57 PM
The John Mitchell-Aaron Bendickson-Ben Grotting is an ugly line. I see that line as more of a 4th line and the Thurber line as the 3rd line.

They've been an excellent grind line in the past, but we've been waiting for two years for them to emerge as better scorers, especially Mitchell. It's kind of tough to see them sort of stagnant when it would be nice to have a more solid third scoring line. (As opposed to the two scoring lines/two checking lines system we've been stuck with for the last few years)

Gurtholfin
01-12-2010, 01:32 PM
I will gladly pay the $7 a game and be happy to see the action in a pretty big series. Is $7 really that big of a difference over $5?

That's a fraction of what it costs us to take the family to home games.

The games I've seen on B2 have been acceptable although not great.

Cost last year was $6.95 per game if I remember right.

uwbadgers14
01-12-2010, 02:55 PM
They've been an excellent grind line in the past, but we've been waiting for two years for them to emerge as better scorers, especially Mitchell. It's kind of tough to see them sort of stagnant when it would be nice to have a more solid third scoring line. (As opposed to the two scoring lines/two checking lines system we've been stuck with for the last few years)

Grotting is having a difficult year, i didn't expect him to light the world on fire this year with a bunch of goals but he is the only forward in the minus and even though he does do a lot on the forecheck for the badgers, he seems to be a liability in the defensive end or he wouldn't be in the minus like he is. Also which ever line he is put on, that line seems to struggle getting in the scoring column, i'm glad to see that Street won't be paired with Lee and Grotting anymore because that seemed to be holding Street back some.

Timothy A
01-13-2010, 12:20 PM
UW of course. (Or was that a rhetorical question?)

It was somewhat rhetorical;) ...I was trying to see how the CC folks were feeling about this weekend, without pulling a Dirty (UW Sweeps).