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  • D2D
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    I do hope you're right, Harley, but after the last three weekends - sorry to say - I'm just not feeling it.

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  • HarleyMC
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    Interesting responses here from a psychological point of view. From my seat, I'm still very hopeful the Gophers can make a postseason impact for a few reasons. Let's take a Gopher helicopter ride and try to get some perspective on this thing, shall we?

    Flash back to 2012-13 (Bjugs, Haula, Schmidt, Condon, Budish...), the Gophers were ranked #2 in the poles, pohls...ahhh polls and the PWR going into the postseason. How many weekend series did they sweep during the regular season and who were they? They swept 4 mediocre teams ALL season: Michigan State, Vermont, UAA, and Bemidji State. How many weekend series did they sweep this season and who were they? They swept the same number of teams, yet slightly better than those in 2012-13: Bemidji State, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

    What about goal scoring? In terms of total goals at 34 games, the Gophers are currently only 2 total goals behind last season 120/(2013-14) - 118/(2014-15). Last season the Gophers had 5 players in double figures in goals scored. This season the Gophers have 6, although unfortunately it looks like C. Reilly is done for the season.

    Looking at the last 12 B1G conference games here are the standings:

    1) Michigan State: 9-3-0
    2) Minnesota: 8-3-1
    3) Penn State: 6-5-1
    4) Michigan: 6-6-0
    5) Ohio State: 5-7-0
    6) Wisconsin: 2-9-1

    Before the Gophers about face turnaround after the NSCC, they were 4-6-2 in their previous 12 games inc. the two NSCC loses. Since then they've won twice as many and lost only half as many games. How does that compare to last season? At 34 games played and over the same last 12 games against the same B1G opponents last season they were 8-2-2.

    Now, the B1G title showdown is next weekend. Michigan State is the only team in the B1G this season that has not been swept by another B1G opponent. The Gophers are second having been swept once by Michigan.

    MICHIGAN VS MICHIGAN STATE: MSU recently swept PSU, and PSU recently swept Michigan, so therefore ??? Well, perhaps the syllogism doesn't work because it's a home and home next weekend for the Mich./Sparty headbang, and it looks more like a split.

    GOPHERS VS PENN STATE: MN swept Ohio State five weeks ago, and OSU recently swept Penn State, so therefore ???. This one just might work for senior weekend and the Gophers last home series. I'm going with the Gophers sweeping Penn State at Mariucci next weekend, Mich/MSU splitting their home and home series and the Gophers laying claim to the B1G title and a first round bye in the B1G tourney in two weeks for the second consecutive season.

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    This team can't put together back-to-back solid performances. That doesn't bode well for playoff time.
    This is exactly what I concluded sometime ago now...

    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    Giving up 4 breakaways in a single game is ridiculous.
    Scary, you are reading my mind. As I was watching yesterday the question I was asking myself went from "Are you kidding me?" to "WT*?" If Ohio State gets four breakaways, how many would a North Dakota get?

    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    When Penn State hands you the B1G season title on a platter and you are still a bubble NCAA team, playing a middle of the pack team, and you can't come out with a better effort, there is something wrong. Seems too late to right the ship at this point.
    More like that Malaysian airliner, it sunk and they'll really never know what caused it to go down.

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  • Greyeagle
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    The Gopher continue their bi-polar ways. Frustrating.

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  • Koho
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    Officially on the ledge again. This team can't put together back-to-back solid performances. That doesn't bode well for playoff time. Giving up 4 breakaways in a single game is ridiculous. 3 shots in the first period is completely unacceptable. When they had a few shots from close in, they missed the net. Not very confident this team will even make it. When Penn State hands you the B1G season title on a platter and you are still a bubble NCAA team, playing a middle of the pack team, and you can't come out with a better effort, there is something wrong. Seems too late to right the ship at this point.

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  • Stauber1
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    Originally posted by Bonin21 View Post
    I do care about the Big Ten because if we're not hanging the banner someone else is.

    The Gophers better win tomorrow because OSU is terrible and no tournament team should split with them.
    If MN had stayed within the top-12 of the PWR through the regular season the Big 10 would have taken care of itself.
    Really, it's a 6 team league filled with mediocre teams. Winning a championship in it isn't something I'm going to be all that emotional about.

    To be frank, this team doesn't deserve to hang a banner. The level of inconsistency and number of missed opportunities against marginal opponents speaks for itself. You could make the argument that none of the other teams in the conference "deserve" to hang a banner either, but that is of little consolation.

    I'm crossing my fingers that the team plays a banner-worthy postseason, but I'm not holding my breath.

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  • 4four4
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    Originally posted by Brad Malone View Post
    I heard Kevin Wehrs bleached his hair after I blew the doors off of him so that no one would notice who he was but he forgot to cut away the wristband the hospital gave him so he was the only guy on the club with bleached hair and everyone still knew who he was, CBS was going to do a survivor series in Wehrs' corner but Kevin wouldn't go back. About a month later they got swept at home by Anchorage first round of the WCHA playoffs.


    Cross Cheque I mean Brad Malone did you call Don Lucia and congratulate him on passing the Wooger?

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  • 4four4
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    Originally posted by Dirty View Post
    So mystery solved. cross cheque = Brad Malone!
    Nice to see Brad Malone has two accounts.

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  • The Rube
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    Originally posted by Bonin21 View Post
    I do care about the Big Ten because if we're not hanging the banner someone else is.
    What a great hockey mind....

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  • Slap Shot
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    OSU is not terrible and only someone not paying attention would make that claim. I however would concede they are not good.

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  • HarleyMC
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    A good hard fought win for the Gophers. I thought MN controlled play for the majority of the game with offensive zone time and excellent puck movement. But I wasn't impressed the Gopher Ds lack of physicality in front which allowed OSU far too many inside scoring chances.

    OSU definitely has some wheels and were strong on the walls. Burying two goals almost immediately after the Gophers scored sent a clear message that they came to play. They missed some good scoring chances. Greco fanning on a breakaway is always a little embarrassing for a player.

    But overall the Gophers looked poised and played Gopher hockey last night. Brilliant NHL execution off the marker board on the two tip ins by seniors Rau and Ambroz...it doesn't get any better than that. Last road game of the regular season tonight. Let's finish 'em off.

    Congrats to Don Lucia on his 391st win as the winningest coach in Gopher men's hockey history. Must have been quite an honor for Kyle Rau who grew up as a MN kid watching Lucia coach the Gophers and be the one to present him with the game winning puck. LOCKER ROOM VIDEO

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Agreed. Goal #1: take care of business in the NCAAs; Goal #2: win the B1G
    What this really means is win every single game from now on...

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  • 5mn_Major
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    Originally posted by Bonin21 View Post
    I do care about the Big Ten because if we're not hanging the banner someone else is.

    The Gophers better win tomorrow because OSU is terrible and no tournament team should split with them.
    Agreed. Goal #1: take care of business in the NCAAs; Goal #2: win the B1G

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  • Bonin21
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    I do care about the Big Ten because if we're not hanging the banner someone else is.

    The Gophers better win tomorrow because OSU is terrible and no tournament team should split with them.

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  • Stauber1
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    Originally posted by goofy gopher View Post
    Gophers better win tomorrow or they will get leap frogged by Michigan St. They got a gift tonight courtesy of Penn St., and I don't see the Spartans losing to Bucky. could be a lot of juggling in the upper half of the Big Ten standings next weekend.
    Honestly, I don't give a flip about the Big 10....I just want to see them stay in the top-12 of the PWR. And that means you're right, they can't lose tomorrow.

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