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Koho
02-15-2014, 11:11 AM
Oh yeah, and the big ice last night also made for a boring game with UMi.

Slap Shot
02-15-2014, 05:43 PM
Oh yeah, and the big ice last night also made for a boring game with UMi.

So you watched the gold medal game in 2010? The 2002 FF? The WCHA FF the past dozen years? Either of at least the last two Stanley Cup finals? Good hockey teams find ways to play exciting hockey on either ice sheet and I for one am glad Mecca is shrinking despite believing the opposite for decades.

ScoobyDoo
02-16-2014, 06:07 AM
I have to admit I was wrong when I stated awhile back that Olympic size ice makes for better hockey than NHL sized. All of you who said I was wrong, and linked to the guy from that perennial hockey power, AK Anchorage, who said that big ice promotes just standing around the perimeter and passing it around, were right. This Olympic hockey is so boring. That US-Russia game was so boring. Guys just standing around, passing it around the perimeter and never shooting. It is not at all a case where the highly skilled players have a little more room to make exciting plays. I can't wait for the NHL to return so we can see all those exciting goals where there are 9 guys in front of the net hacking at the puck until someone hacks it in. If the NHL ever DID go to bigger ice, it would just be a snoozefest.

I 100% agree with this. However, the train has left the station and I've given up fighting. It's like the Big 10, it's coming so deal or just end up being a grumpy old man.

Since Michigan had the inside track they've lost three games and the Gophers have swept a series. Minnesota still has a tough last couple of weeks but if they sweep Penn State at home they should be in good shape for a third regular season title. That's amazing given how hard those are to win.

Greyeagle
02-16-2014, 09:56 AM
Methinks the Gophers have found their 4th line.

The Rube
02-16-2014, 09:57 AM
Methinks the Gophers have found their 4th line.

I think the Gophs emphatically answered the call this week. I believe those in the biz would have called this a "statement series."

What a fun season so far.

state of hockey
02-16-2014, 10:05 AM
Methinks the Gophers have found their 4th line.

C. Reilly, Guertler, and Letierri were awesome indeed. Keep them together!

ScoobyDoo
02-16-2014, 11:24 AM
Methinks the Gophers have found their 4th line.

Yeah, they were really good.

section16rowA
02-16-2014, 11:31 AM
Would be nice to have him(Bischoff) back in the lineup this weekend. Any word on Serratore?

I would assume Brodzinski won't be back until after the bye week? Would be nice to have a full lineup heading into the stretch run.

I just read in the Pioneer Press that UMTC has TWO weeks off....wow that is a big break at this time of the season. Is that because they have not had any other weekends off this season? Or because of only five B1G opponents?

Koho
02-16-2014, 11:56 AM
So you watched the gold medal game in 2010? The 2002 FF? The WCHA FF the past dozen years? Either of at least the last two Stanley Cup finals? Good hockey teams find ways to play exciting hockey on either ice sheet and I for one am glad Mecca is shrinking despite believing the opposite for decades.

I agree to a point, that when there is a lot on the line, the quality will improve, because of the intensity. But; 1. saying there were good games in the past on NHL sized ice does not prove the point that some made that Olympic Ice makes for boring hockey, and 2. During those games that are not intense, like regular season NHL, the increase space, promoting a skating, play-making style would probably be more evident.

Koho
02-16-2014, 11:58 AM
Methinks the Gophers have found their 4th line.

My guess is he keeps doesn't sit the rest for the rest of the season. Ryan Reilly had some much improved games and each of the guys who have sat have had some good times. One weekend of very good play does not insure they will continue at that level. The nature of hockey, and especially of guys competing for a final spot.

But there is no denying they played well.

Koho
02-16-2014, 11:59 AM
Scoobs, Gotta take the "can't score" out of your sig......

Koho
02-22-2014, 10:01 PM
page 3??? Even with the Bye?

Down to 4th in Nation in scoring...and no one in the top 50 for scoring.

Bonin21
02-22-2014, 10:07 PM
Down to 4th in Nation in scoring...and no one in the top 50 for scoring.
I'll take second in winning percentage and second in scoring margin over caring about those two stats.

Stauber1
02-22-2014, 10:14 PM
My guess is he keeps doesn't sit the rest for the rest of the season. Ryan Reilly had some much improved games and each of the guys who have sat have had some good times. One weekend of very good play does not insure they will continue at that level. The nature of hockey, and especially of guys competing for a final spot.

But there is no denying they played well.

That's what I am thinking as well. The fourth line played great last weekend, but we have had some good performances from the fourth line (of a different make-up) earlier this year as well. I think one of the things that has made the fourth line effective at times this year is that those guys know that every time they are given the opportunity to suit up, they are playing for the opportunity to do it again next game.

My guess is that we continue to see rotation through those final 3 forward spots.

Bigger question: how does the D shake out once Brodzinksi is healthy again?

Slap Shot
02-23-2014, 11:54 AM
I'll take second in winning percentage and second in scoring margin over caring about those two stats.

Yup.

Hammy
02-26-2014, 07:05 PM
Since it was a discussion in this thread in the past, the IIHF did a study on ice size and offensive production and their findings were interesting. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for staying with 200x100 ice size.

http://sochi2014.iihf.com/men/news/goalscoring-down/

I'm more convinced than ever that shrinking the ice at Mariucci would be better for us in the long run.

mnstate0fhockey
02-26-2014, 07:10 PM
Since it was a discussion in this thread in the past, the IOC did a study on ice size and offensive production and their findings were interesting. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for staying with 200x100 ice size.

http://sochi2014.iihf.com/men/news/goalscoring-down/

I'm more convinced than ever that shrinking the ice at Mariucci would be better for us in the long run.

Indeed. Though ideally I would like to see something like 200x90.

Stauber1
02-26-2014, 08:01 PM
Since it was a discussion in this thread in the past, the IIHF did a study on ice size and offensive production and their findings were interesting. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for staying with 200x100 ice size.

http://sochi2014.iihf.com/men/news/goalscoring-down/

I'm more convinced than ever that shrinking the ice at Mariucci would be better for us in the long run.

The argument for Olympic ice is not about total goals scored. Offensive production is neither here nor there.

captain beefheart
02-26-2014, 08:42 PM
Indeed. Though ideally I would like to see something like 200x90.

Here hear.

Hammy
02-26-2014, 10:32 PM
The argument for Olympic ice is not about total goals scored. Offensive production is neither here nor there.

LOL. Well, considering fan enjoyment and game intensity tends to come from things like goals scored, puck movement, and hitting... it is kind of clear what they feel is likely best moving forward. Yeah, there is more space to skate with 200x100... but who the hell cares if you don't have as many chances to score? Did you even read some of that article or are you just too unwilling to admit that even an international governing body of hockey doesn't see it the same way you do?

Unless of course you just watch hockey to see guys skate around and not do as much? Maybe try short track speed skating then.

Even heard them talking about it during the NHL game tonight on NBC Sports Network and how much worse the game was on the big sheet.