Sunday, February 10, 2013
Previewing the Northeastern Huskies
As for that big line of Roy, Saponari, and Vermeersch, it's basically the Huskies' three best offensive players bunched into one line. Yes, they have two other lines that score at times but tomorrow they will be tested vs perhaps the top two lines in the country. They played well vs BU's big line because that line is very similar to them. They're talented but their not necessarily quick. Well, not BC quick. Obviously, the big matchup will be to see how our big lines matchup vs their big three. If you watched NU's game vs BU, you saw how dominant Kevin Roy can be when he's got time and space. However, in the last two games vs BC he has been a complete non-factor and his plus minus overall against the Eagles is currently at -2. If you're the Eagles defense, you've just got to find a way to keep him away from the net and be sure to not give him space inside the blue line. As for the other matchups up front, I think BC matches pretty well. The Eagles have two really strong scoring lines that can score at any time and they've got a third line that is starting to play like a BC third line normally does. They get pucks deep, they battle hard, and they're starting to score goals. I look for a big night from the Quinn Smith, Pat Brown, and Brooks Dyroff combination.
If you read my post last night, you'd notice that I kept mentioning how BC needs to attack this Northeastern D. That's basically what's going to be what decides this game for the Eagles. Every time a puck goes into the NU corner and is up for grabs, I look for the Eagles to put a ton of pressure on. Don't give these guys a free pass out of their zone. Send one guy in hard with a trailer and leave someone stranded just outside the faceoff circle. The point is that BC needs to put Northeastern in a position where they don't know what to do with the puck. The Huskies turned it over numerous times three weeks ago vs BC's speedy attack. Hopefully, that continues tomorrow.
Whatever happens tomorrow night, I'm sure it's going to be another classic Beanpot final. Does BC have the advantage ? Yup, but never underestimate what a team can do when the Beanpot rolls around. Northeastern is going to play this game like it's their National Championship. They're going to come out flying in every phase of the game. For BC, they've just got to find a way to control that, much like they did vs Harvard, and once it settles down, take the game over. If the Eagles can do those things, I think you'll see a lot of happy maroon and gold clad people walking out The Garden tomorrow night.
Keys for the Eagles
1. Avoid giving Roy time and space. Keep someone on him and make sure he doesn't sneak by the defenseman.
2. Get shots on Chris Rawlings. If NU is going to have a chance, Rawlings is going to need to play out of his mind. That doesn't happen often. Shots, shots, shots.
3. Win the battle of the special teams. In games like these, power plays and penalty kills are huge. I thought BC moved it around real well vs Harvard. Power plays are huge momentum swingers when they're capitalized on.
Best Opposing line- Roy-Vermeersch-Saponari
Scouting the Huskies-
Pairwise rank- N/R
Hockey East Standings- 10th
Leading scorer- Kevin Roy (15-15-30)
All time series- Boston College is 157-47-14 all time vs NU and is 30-8 all time vs NU in the Beanpot.
Injury Notes- Colin Sullivan is IN.