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  • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

    Originally posted by Agganis View Post
    HAA gave out away student tickets in CC Rows 25 and up. Come on over.
    25 all the way to the top? That's quite a few more than they used to give out. It used to be just 4 or 5 rows up front.
    time to write new history

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    • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

      Originally posted by slurpees View Post
      25 all the way to the top? That's quite a few more than they used to give out. It used to be just 4 or 5 rows up front.
      I don't know how far they went up. But when they handed them out they started with 25, then 26, then 27, then I left to go to class...

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      • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

        Originally posted by Agganis View Post
        then I left to go to class...
        unnecessary.
        time to write new history

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        • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

          Originally posted by Jacques Joubert View Post
          What's more concerning is that BU's defense has a tendency to give up the blue line almost immediately allowing the other team's forwards to "walk-in" the zone which leads to lots of shots. I think BU gives up, on average, 44 shots per game. Many of these are lower percentage shots as it seems BU is content to play the angles. That approach might be OK against UML and Providence, but not BC. BC forwards will make the extra pass and take the higher percentage shot. This teams sags even more on the PK. It's almost shocking how quickly they give up entry into their zone.

          BU's defense also seems to take a lot of unecessary risks IMO. It looks like the team is eager to run a transition game and skate the puck out to center ice every time. They never seem content to bank the puck out off the boards when in trouble. Rather they often make the extra pass or skate the puck out up the middle of the crease without support. Since they are young, this leads to a lot of turnovers. Fortunately, Millan and Rollheiser have been able to bail them out, but again...a much riskier proposition against a team as skilled as BC.

          BU's powerplay is awful. Once they get set-up in the zone. Nobody seems to move an inch. What ensues is a pass-a-thon with poor angle shots.
          Kind of agree on the powerplay, though I don't think things are quite as dire as you make them out to be. The puck movement has been effective enough to create a lot of shots –– I think more than moving without the puck, they need to be getting to the net more for deflections/rebounds. They've been inconsistent about that all season, but when they were effective early in the season, it was because they were doing a lot of that.

          More wanted to address your defensive concerns. First, no idea where you pulled that 44 shots allowed per game number from. They've given up 33.4 shots per game –– still a lot, but not 44, obviously.

          All those extra shots allowed are by design -- Parker and his staff changed the defensive system over the summer to a more conservative one. The result is that teams are taking more shots from the outside, simply because it's being given to them. When they do, the BU defense is blocking a lot more shots and the ones that do get through have generally been easier saves for the BU goalies.

          Millan and Rollheiser have both been markedly better than they were last year, no doubt, but I think there numbers are also a bit of an allusion created by that system. For one, their save percentages are getting a big boost as they face more 30-foot slap shots.

          More importantly, with the defense playing closer to the net, less opponents are finding open space in grade-A areas. So many times last year, the D blew coverages below the dots and the other team made them pay. That's happening far less often now, and Millan and Rollie benefit big time as a result.

          Also, regarding the breakouts. I know Parker said earlier in the year that he was a bit frustrated because Warsofsky was carrying the puck a bit too long on the breakout. Still, he likes his defensemen to be aggressive, and recruits so he has the personnel to run that aggressive system.
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          • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

            Originally posted by Jacques Joubert View Post

            BU's powerplay is awful. Once they get set-up in the zone. Nobody seems to move an inch. What ensues is a pass-a-thon with poor angle shots.

            The Powerplay needs real help though. TRY TO MOVE AROUND A LITTLE GUYS!!!!
            True, the PP has been frustrating and then some. But, most of the guys are young (Coyle, Nieto, Clendening, Nicastro). It takes time.

            Speaking of Nieto, he seems close to moving forward, breaking out. He's been so close to making and finishing big plays lately. But then, BU plays the varsity this week. We'll see what happens.
            if you walk with Jesus, he's gonna save your soul, you gotta keep the devil way down in the hole

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            • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

              Boston hockey rules! I might be going to the game this weekend. Can't wait. I like to do the tour.

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              • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                Looks like Cross and Kevin Hayes are both out for BC. What's the latest on BU's injury situation? I knew Connolly was out, but it seems like you may be missing some additional players. It stinks that both teams won't be at full strength...

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                • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                  Originally posted by carltonbarrett View Post
                  Looks like Cross and Kevin Hayes are both out for BC. What's the latest on BU's injury situation? I knew Connolly was out, but it seems like you may be missing some additional players. It stinks that both teams won't be at full strength...
                  as far as injuries go, it's really only connolly. Escobedo was a healthy scratch last game, most likely due to internal discipline (stemming from a couple dumb penalties). besides that, unless clendening is hurt from his nasty collision against brown, we are pretty much good (as far as i know)

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                  • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                    Originally posted by carltonbarrett View Post
                    Looks like Cross and Kevin Hayes are both out for BC. What's the latest on BU's injury situation? I knew Connolly was out, but it seems like you may be missing some additional players. It stinks that both teams won't be at full strength...
                    What's the injuries with Corss and Hayes who are 2 of BC's best players?

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                    • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                      Originally posted by BUTerrierfan View Post
                      What's the injuries with Corss and Hayes who are 2 of BC's best players?
                      knee issues
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                      • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                        Originally posted by BU Hammer View Post
                        Kind of agree on the powerplay, though I don't think things are quite as dire as you make them out to be. The puck movement has been effective enough to create a lot of shots –– I think more than moving without the puck, they need to be getting to the net more for deflections/rebounds. They've been inconsistent about that all season, but when they were effective early in the season, it was because they were doing a lot of that.

                        More wanted to address your defensive concerns. First, no idea where you pulled that 44 shots allowed per game number from. They've given up 33.4 shots per game –– still a lot, but not 44, obviously.

                        All those extra shots allowed are by design -- Parker and his staff changed the defensive system over the summer to a more conservative one. The result is that teams are taking more shots from the outside, simply because it's being given to them. When they do, the BU defense is blocking a lot more shots and the ones that do get through have generally been easier saves for the BU goalies.

                        Millan and Rollheiser have both been markedly better than they were last year, no doubt, but I think there numbers are also a bit of an allusion created by that system. For one, their save percentages are getting a big boost as they face more 30-foot slap shots.

                        More importantly, with the defense playing closer to the net, less opponents are finding open space in grade-A areas. So many times last year, the D blew coverages below the dots and the other team made them pay. That's happening far less often now, and Millan and Rollie benefit big time as a result.
                        I agree with a lot of this.

                        The issue with the power play is that once they get set up, they don't move. They pass, pass, pass, shoot which is fine (and which Parker seems happy with) but they don't crash the net and make the other teams pay for their penalties. In the beginning of the year (first two or three games), the team hadn't really practiced a set power play and were just letting the guys out there do their own thing. Instead of being concerned about whether they were set up properly or running the system correctly, they simply let their instincts take over. They need to get back to more of that. Have a rough system, and then let the guys take liberties where they feel they have a chance of scoring.

                        In terms of shots on goal and defense, I actually think this team tends to be better defensively than offensively. The defense this season is designed to give up a lot of shots, but as Hammer said, it's from pretty low percentage areas. More shots from lower percentage areas seems a lot better in my mind than giving up fewer shots per game from higher percentage areas.

                        I may not have been paying close enough attention, but I really have not been struck by how many odd-man rushes BU has given up this season. I actually thought they were worse on that last season, and the BU defenders have been pretty good in 2-on-1s in forcing the opposing team to take off-angle shots.

                        There have been a few instances more recently where the BU defense seems to stand around on rebounds right in front of the crease, but other than that I've been pretty pleased with how well they've been playing.

                        Offense is a different story. All I have to say is that I hope to see that Gill-Coyle-Pereira line in many more games to come.
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                        • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                          Originally posted by BUTerrierfan View Post
                          What's the injuries with Corss and Hayes who are 2 of BC's best players?
                          Cross has had a really bad knee since before coming to BC (he first injured it the summer before his freshman year), which he's had several surgeries on and which he seems to re-injure on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately, it would seem that he's on the same path as Bobby Orr or Gord Kluzak where his knee problems are just too much to overcome. A real shame as he's very, very good when he's healthy. Kevin Hayes injured his PCL in practice a few weeks ago. Initially it was thought to be season ending, but fortunately he will be back, probably just after the break, like Cross.
                          Last edited by carltonbarrett; 11-30-2010, 07:42 PM.

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                          • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                            [QUOTE=TommyNoblesIsLife;4946833]

                            but other than that I've been pretty pleased with how well they've been playing.

                            ya think?
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                            • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                              Originally posted by carltonbarrett View Post
                              Cross has had a really bad knee since before coming to BC (he first injured it the summer before his freshman year), which he's had several surgeries on and which he seems to re-injure on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately, it would seem that he's on the same path as Bobby Orr or Gord Kluzak where his knee problems are just too much to overcome. A real shame as he's very, very good when he's healthy. Kevin Hayes injured his PCL in practice a few weeks ago. Initially it was thought to be season ending, but fortunately he will be back, probably just after the break, like Cross.
                              I'm sorry to hear that, no matter if it is a BC (or any other team's) player, at this level, and especially with the history of BC and BU, with hard work all these players have done to get to this level, no one wants to see any player injured and not competing. I hope both recover soon.

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                              • Re: Boston University 2010-11 part II - The Hunt For Red November

                                Originally posted by goalguard View Post
                                If Yale were tied with Yeshiva, Yale probably would be listed first.
                                There are good jokes in there somewhere, I can feel it. How about:

                                Of course, when Yeshiva lights the lamp, they get eight goals!
                                Last edited by DaveStPaul; 11-30-2010, 09:09 PM.
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