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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    VMT is awful, but Maine only has 8 defensemen on their entire team (9 if you count Bruneski as a defenseman), and 7 play every game. If Perry Winfree is worse than VMT I'm nervous to see him play, but Red is prone to choosing favorites so maybe VMT has found himself in Red's good graces.
    I donít care. I like defensemen that chose to chip out of zone versus one that kicks in front of his own net. I guess I am old school... but wow that was nerve racking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    VMT is awful, but Maine only has 8 defensemen on their entire team (9 if you count Bruneski as a defenseman), and 7 play every game. If Perry Winfree is worse than VMT I'm nervous to see him play, but Red is prone to choosing favorites so maybe VMT has found himself in Red's good graces.
    I will take bruneski all day long. Because he hasnít thrown pucks in front of his own net. Also, VMT doesnít protect his net front. So what is so special about him? Nothing. Iíll take my chances with new talent. Thank you.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Didnt NU do an upgrade to their rink many years ago? It may have been smaller 15 or 20 years but its bigger than Alfond now.

    On the road against a better team should be a good test for Maine. Both games on tv I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    Also, while I am on my soapbox. That northeastern has been a hell of a thorn in our side. They never bring a crowd. They have an even smaller rink for our new built defense. With clogging and discipline we can get two wins.
    Matthews Arena is 200íx90í. That is a larger ice surface than Alfond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    It is a step up big time on defense. The weak link is VMT. He threw two passes in front of his own net. So he canít play next weekend. Look at the tape.
    Sadly vmt played poorly Saturday.
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    I thought Fossier wasn't up to his STDs Saturday.

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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Both teams have to adjust on any surface they play on, NU has home ice and knows the boards/ice etc. Maine will adjust as game goes on. Bottom line this is a Swayman series (again)...how he plays will dictate how Maine fares...Maine has to go in like they have so far, they know they are not the most talented team...they know it will be a all team effort in playing defense (blocking shots/clogging the center ice and winning the lose puck battles) and some how find some scoring...again another game that who scores 3 goals will have a legit chance at winning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryecheers View Post
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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Maine has one more win than NU in the same number of games, and they have identical GF/GA numbers. However, Maine has played a much tougher schedule according to RPI. I'm interested to see how the weekend goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amkirby10 View Post
    Maine has one more win than NU in the same number of games, and they have identical GF/GA numbers. However, Maine has played a much tougher schedule according to RPI. I'm interested to see how the weekend goes.
    I noticed the similarity in the "Tales of the Tape", but I was surprised that UMO had played a stronger schedule (RPI-ly speaking). I don't doubt your math. What I missed was the fact that two teams that we thought would be strong, Union and especially St. Cloud, have terrible records at this point. We visited both teams and went 3-1 based more on our D than anything else. Then we went 2-3 against UMass and PC, which are strong teams. Ties against Merrimack and Holy Cross sabotaged our numbers. Fortunately, we are starting to come out of our offensive fog with 5 goals +2 ENs againt Providence. This weekend should be very competitive, as both teams have strong goaltending and Maine seems to have one or two potent lines this season.


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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    It's still early but looking at KRACH, Maine is 16th on the 31st best schedule while Northeastern is 38th on the 53rd best schedule. The Black Bears are the top-ranked team in Hockey East.

    Maine's upcoming schedule:
    @ 38 Northeastern (2)
    @ 55 St Lawrence (2)
    @ 24 UMass (2)
    @ 53 Yale
    vs 40 AIC

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    It's still early but looking at KRACH, Maine is 16th on the 31st best schedule while Northeastern is 38th on the 53rd best schedule. The Black Bears are the top-ranked team in Hockey East.

    Maine's upcoming schedule:
    @ 38 Northeastern (2)
    @ 55 St Lawrence (2)
    @ 24 UMass (2)
    @ 53 Yale
    vs 40 AIC
    And Maine is #12 in the PWR. Only BC (#11) is ranked higher re: HEA teams.

    But, as you state, the season is young.

    I'd predict at least some success at SLU and NU (with sweeps a possibility), a tough weekend in Amherst, but the Yale and AIC games look like wins as of now.
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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    It's been a long time since I've seen such optimism from this group. It's great to see. In Boston, we have learned to temper our enthusiasm about hot starts. Way back circa 1980, we won our first 10 games. Then we lost one, won one, and lost the last 15. Of course, SI did an early article about the team's remarkable start following a truly dismal season. Proved that a team needn't be on the covered to feel their curse! Then there was 2015-16 when we didn't win a game until after Thanksgiving in Belfast. Suddenly we got hot, ran the table and won the HEA tourney. This is a screwball business that "quants" think they have solved. They would be better served by applying their wit and wisdom to the stock market.

    In any event, it's great to see posts full of optimism and with out the "Red" ink. I'd like nothing better than to see our teams meet in the finals in March. For this weekend, I'll be reasonably happy with split. I think we'll take the first game. You'll get your revenge on Saturday - or the other way around.
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    Re: Maine Black Bears 2019-20: Seeing Red

    Im still in wait and see mode but I appreciate what the team has done so far. Great start compared to what I thought would happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Im still in wait and see mode but I appreciate what the team has done so far. Great start compared to what I thought would happen.

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    It is hard not to be in the wait and see mode. If I got this right Maine has gone 2-13-1 against NU during the Gendron era. Twice NU knocked Maine out of hockey east playoffs. Having said all this, I donít have another mode to go to anyways. I always wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHound View Post
    I noticed the similarity in the "Tales of the Tape", but I was surprised that UMO had played a stronger schedule (RPI-ly speaking). I don't doubt your math. What I missed was the fact that two teams that we thought would be strong, Union and especially St. Cloud, have terrible records at this point. We visited both teams and went 3-1 based more on our D than anything else. Then we went 2-3 against UMass and PC, which are strong teams. Ties against Merrimack and Holy Cross sabotaged our numbers. Fortunately, we are starting to come out of our offensive fog with 5 goals +2 ENs againt Providence. This weekend should be very competitive, as both teams have strong goaltending and Maine seems to have one or two potent lines this season.


    BlackI - Apology accepted, of course. Get in touch with me if you would like a tour of Matthews before the game on Friday. We should have an interesting conversation. Maine is my second favorite place, as I have a house in Lyman on a pond full of compliant bass and a few trout.
    Thanks for the invite, hopefully Iíll be watching on tv. Kids in sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Im still in wait and see mode but I appreciate what the team has done so far. Great start compared to what I thought would happen.

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    Same way I feel. I think the upcoming schedule is the worst possible scenario where Maine is playing teams that are decent but arenít highly ranked. Good chance Maineís pairwise will be a lot lower three weeks from tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Im still in wait and see mode but I appreciate what the team has done so far. Great start compared to what I thought would happen.

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    Same. That they have a shot to even get to the Garden is something. Swayman for Hobey

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackI View Post
    It is hard not to be in the wait and see mode. If I got this right Maine has gone 2-13-1 against NU during the Gendron era. Twice NU knocked Maine out of hockey east playoffs. Having said all this, I donít have another mode to go to anyways. I always wait and see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post
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