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Fighting Sioux 23
12-14-2010, 02:56 PM
Well, Siouxsports has their What If Calculator back up...

http://siouxsports.com/hockey/whatif/index.php?confid=1

Here is what I had...

1. North Dakota - 45 pts
2. Duluth - 41 pts
3. Denver - 39 pts
t4. Wisconsin - 31 pts
t4. Nebraska Omaha - 31 pts
6. Colorado College - 30 pts
7. Minnesota - 28 pts
t8. Bemidji State - 22 pts
t8. Anchorage - 22 pts
10. Mankato - 21 pts
11. SCSU - 18 pts
12. Michigan Tech - 8 pts

Obviously it's VERY early, as most teams have only played half their schedule. Anyway, please post your picks and thoughts. :)

dggoddard
12-14-2010, 03:00 PM
Well, Siouxsports has their What If Calculator back up...

http://siouxsports.com/hockey/whatif/index.php?confid=1

Here is what I had...

1. North Dakota - 45 pts
2. Duluth - 41 pts
3. Denver - 39 pts
t4. Wisconsin - 31 pts
t4. Nebraska Omaha - 31 pts
6. Colorado College - 30 pts
7. Minnesota - 28 pts
t8. Bemidji State - 22 pts
t8. Anchorage - 22 pts
10. Mankato - 21 pts
11. SCSU - 18 pts
12. Michigan Tech - 8 pts

Obviously it's VERY early, as most teams have only played half their schedule. Anyway, please post your picks and thoughts. :)
DU and UND have virtually the exact same (easy) schedule the rest of the way. I'd be amazed if those two teams don't finish 1st and 2nd within two points of each other.

SJHovey
12-14-2010, 03:09 PM
DU and UND have virtually the exact same (easy) schedule the rest of the way. I'd be amazed if those two teams don't finish 1st and 2nd within two points of each other.

How about DU's schedule compared to Duluth's?

Both play SCSU at home and Mankato on the road. Duluth gets UNO at home and DU plays UNO on the road (advantage UMD). DU gets Tech at home and UMD plays them on the road (a wash). UMD gets MN at home but DU plays them on the road (advantage UMD). They each play CC, although UMD's are both at CC while DU gets one at home (slight advantage DU). DU host AA and UMD hosts UW(a wash).

I would take Duluth's schedule over DU's any day.

Fighting Sioux 23
12-14-2010, 03:10 PM
DU and UND have virtually the exact same (easy) schedule the rest of the way. I'd be amazed if those two teams don't finish 1st and 2nd within two points of each other.

Very similar schedules as far as who they play, but when you look at home/road it's a little different. Sioux go on the road to play the bottom two teams and then the #5 team in conference. Denver plays the #4 team in conference, two teams that are tied for #5, and the team tied for #8 in conference. It's a much more difficult road schedule for Denver. Duluth has a slightly easier road schedule going in than Denver as well, playing at the #5 team in conference, #8 team and #12 team.

SCSU Euro
12-14-2010, 03:12 PM
Where's the option for "What if SCSU pulls its head out of its collective ***"?

Fighting Sioux 23
12-14-2010, 03:15 PM
Where's the option for "What if SCSU pulls its head out of its collective ***"?

If they do that, they could challenge for home ice.

SCSU Euro
12-14-2010, 03:17 PM
If they do that, they could challenge for home ice.

In all honesty, I don't think we get home ice, but I would wage dollars to donuts we still finish ahead of Anchorage, Mankato and Bemidji, the first two for sure. MAYBE Sconnie, but I doubt it and we'd need to sweep them at the NHC.

Fighting Sioux 23
12-14-2010, 03:25 PM
In all honesty, I don't think we get home ice, but I would wage dollars to donuts we still finish ahead of Anchorage, Mankato and Bemidji, the first two for sure. MAYBE Sconnie, but I doubt it and we'd need to sweep them at the NHC.

If St. Cloud played up to pre-season billing, they could get home ice. It would be a remarkable turnaround. Saying that, they play a brutal schedule including the top 3 in the conference. It will be difficult moving up, especially with the way they've played the first half, but I've seen quite a few second half surges so I won't rule it out. :)

scsutommyboy
12-14-2010, 03:28 PM
Where's the option for "What if SCSU pulls its head out of its collective ***"?

If I put on my cardinal and black glasses and wish really hard the best I could see it 6th place and trust me that was with a lot of wishing and doing a complete 180.........

FadeToBlack&Gold
12-14-2010, 03:36 PM
You have Tech finishing too high.

SJHovey
12-14-2010, 04:13 PM
If I put on my cardinal and black glasses and wish really hard the best I could see it 6th place and trust me that was with a lot of wishing and doing a complete 180.........

We'll know in January.

28 pts. will be the minimum for home ice. I don't really see much chance for 6th unless you have at least 28 pts. That will also probably require some sort of tiebreaker win.

SCSU can get there, but it would be tough. Basically they need to sweep the 3 January series against Tech and Mankato at home and BSU on the road. If they can do that, then get a split in the 5 tougher series at UNO, UMD and DU, and home against UND and UW, they've got 29 points. But any slip ups and they're going to need to pick up 3+ pts. in the UND or UW series at home, most likely, or they're going to be on the road in the first round.

dggoddard
12-14-2010, 04:32 PM
How about DU's schedule compared to Duluth's?

Both play SCSU at home and Mankato on the road. Duluth gets UNO at home and DU plays UNO on the road (advantage UMD). DU gets Tech at home and UMD plays them on the road (a wash). UMD gets MN at home but DU plays them on the road (advantage UMD). They each play CC, although UMD's are both at CC while DU gets one at home (slight advantage DU). DU host AA and UMD hosts UW(a wash).

I would take Duluth's schedule over DU's any day.
DU is 10-2-1 in their last thirteen games, including road victories against UND & UMD. I'm not too worried.

SJHovey
12-14-2010, 04:53 PM
May be time for a checklist then.

brianvf
12-14-2010, 05:09 PM
May be time for a checklist then.

:D
I miss Chambers' ravings this year about how dominant DU will be (BEST TEAM EVER!!). Now this year we have to settle for Yale. :)

Fighting Sioux 23
12-14-2010, 05:24 PM
DU is 10-2-1 in their last thirteen games, including road victories against UND & UMD. I'm not too worried.

So what you're saying is that DU's only losses and draw in their last thirteen games came on the road? :p:D:D

HoosierBBall_GopherHockey
12-14-2010, 05:32 PM
UND- 44 pts.
UMD- 42 pts.
Denver- 40 pts.
Nebraska-Omaha- 37 pts.
UW- 31 pts.
UMN- 30 pts.
CC- 30 pts.
SCSU- 24 pts.
Bemidji State- 18 pts.
AA- 15 pts.
Mankato- 14 pts.
MTech- 7 pts.

Hate putting the Sioux first. :(

state of hockey
12-14-2010, 06:44 PM
I had Minnesota split with teams ahead or tied with them, and sweeping teams behind them. They end up with 34 points then. Obviously, this is incredibly optimistic seeming beating teams they probably should has not been their M.O. thus far.

siouxinminny
12-14-2010, 07:31 PM
Team GP Pts
UND 28 46
UMD 28 40
Denver 28 39
N-Omaha 28 35
Mankato 28 29
UW 28 28
UMN 28 27
AA 28 23
CC 28 23
SCSU 28 22
Bemidji S 28 18
MTech 28 6

Slap Shot
12-14-2010, 08:09 PM
Why not:

UND 28 45
Denver 28 42
Nebraska-Omaha 28 40
UMD 28 39
UMN 28 34
UW 28 29
CC 28 25
Mankato 28 20
SCSU 28 19
Bemidji State 28 18
AA 28 16
MTech 28 9

SCSU Euro
12-14-2010, 08:18 PM
UND- 44 pts.
UMD- 42 pts.
Denver- 40 pts.
Nebraska-Omaha- 37 pts.
UW- 31 pts.
UMN- 30 pts.
CC- 30 pts.
SCSU- 24 pts.
Bemidji State- 18 pts.
AA- 15 pts.
Mankato- 14 pts.
MTech- 7 pts.



Not really looking at the points, that looks about DEAD ON for finishing spots.