Thursday, November 13, 2008

Update on the Drive for Christmas

A few weeks ago following a disappointing weekend against minnesota, I laid down a plan for the Badger Men to reach .500 by Christmas break.

The original plan:

@ North Dakota - Split (1-6-1) - the Sioux are struggling too, get a win and start rolling - Mission Accomplished

vs Michigan Tech - Sweep (3-6-1) - this team is not good this season - Mission Accomplished

@ Duluth - 3 pts (4-6-2) - Duluth is also bad and the blog will be there to inspire the team
@ St. Cloud - Split (5-7-2) - Hopefully get some revenge for the WCHA playoffs
College Hockey Showcase - Split (6-8-2)
vs UAA - Sweep (8-8-2) - They might finish 8th in the WCHA, we can't afford a loss to them at home

I still think this plan is doable and I hold to my projections. I'm wondering what Duluth team will show up this weekend. They got rolled pretty well last friday at Denver, then played some tough defense on saturday, but couldn't score enough to win. Which Wisconsin team is going to show up as well? Defensively at 5x5 there is still a lot of room for improvement.

St. Cloud hasn't won yet in the WCHA, but a sweep of Robert Morris should help their confidence. I would like to see the juniors lead the team in there to get some revenge, but lets not look ahead to next weekend just yet.

Something for fans to consider. After the St. Cloud series the Badgers only play 6 more games on the road the rest of the regular season, and most if not all of those games will be on olympic sized ice sheets. While there is still a lot of work left to do to make up for the bad start, 16 home games at the Kohl Center isn't a bad thing to look forward to.