That's the only one I'm aware of. Looked like the same lines as last week during practice.
I don't know for sure, but it seems like Hastings likes to put his top guys out there against the other team's No. 1 line. That would be Leitner's line and probably Tyler Elbrecht on D.
Bruggy, I haven't posted that yet and I probably should. I have done that the last few years. The awards get announced today. I had Williams on my first team, Hayes and Leitner on my second team, Williams as my ROTY and Hastings as my COTY.
That's a good question. I'm guessing it will be pretty quiet either way.
Knowles has been a little under the radar compared to the other rookies, like Blueger, Margonari and Williams. But he's been a really good two-way player, plays with a lot of grit, not afraid to get his nose dirty. And you're right, he's scored two huge goals this season, last week's OT GWG and the last-minute go-ahead goal at Minnesota.
No, I don't see that until Friday, like everyone else.
Meister, I've seen MSU win the Friday-night game three times in the last 10 years and not advance.
Bruggy, I think those are the most intriguing, most competitive matchups (along with MSU-UNO). I just don't see Anchorage, Bemidji or Tech pulling off upsets at St. Cloud, Minnesota and North Dakota.
At least the weather's warmer.
Offense: score goals. Defense: stop the puck ... Seriously though, he continues to hammer home having his team stay in the now and play it's game. It's boring banter, and he admits that to me, but the team has been successful that way. It's bounced back quite well, especially the last couple of weeks, getting splits after losing Friday games.
Adding to that, Dick, they have to find a way to slow down UNO's top line, something they did well against UND last weekend. And in my opinion, given Omaha's goaltending situation, I'd say that no shot on goal is a bad shot on goal.
Bruggy, I couldn't agree more. I think they would have been better this season, without a doubt.
Chris, you're right. I was trying to come up with them quickly. Duluth in '04, North Dakota in '06, Minnesota in '08 and St. Cloud State in '10 (I forgot about UND). MSU is solely responsible for the WCHA no longer putting out the stat about the Friday winner's chances to move on (which used to be unbelievably high).
Bruggy, three's a good number to get to, considering MSU's GAA.
That's been a huge thing for MSU. Hastings won't tolerate penalties but has also worked hard to coach players in how not to take them. Eriah Hayes is the No. 1 example of that, and he'll admit it. He's too valuable a player to be in the box as often as he was in the past. He's just playing smarter.
Hopefully not too many. That's a killer for a guy on deadline.
Williams has been really good, but keeping penalties down and staying off the kill is huge. Not only for goals-against when playing short-handed but in terms of freshness for the third period. I think getting the top-end players like Leitner to buy in to playing D and playing it effectively has improved the overall team D.
Are those my only options?
Pagliai's for pizza. Number 4 if you want something fancier but still casual. Looking for good beer/food, Blue Bricks, Pub 500 or Rounders, Buffalo Wild Wings, too. Lots of options around the arena.
I hate making predictions, but think it will be an MSU sweep.
I'm not sure if they'd schedule official visits for playoff time. But I don't know.
Dan, that would have been better and more my speed. You know me better than I know myself.
The band was there last week, so I'd say odds are good.
Yep, Bryn, huge weekend for MSU sports. Basketball is hosting the NCAA Central Regional with games Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Well, that's going to do it folks. Time to get to work on my preview package for The Free Press. Thanks for checking in with the chat. Enjoy the games this weekend and jump in on the live chats during the series, if you get the chance.