Wisconsin men's hockey preview: Badgers face No. 9 Penn State at the Kohl Center

Crease Creature

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Bucky won, holy cow
And then they lost.

Hey, at least they're back to splitting series instead of getting swept!

Hopefully these guys can save face against a team from Arizona, I don't want to contemplate losing to a team from the desert.

Also, if there was ever a team that had a button that you could push that made things click, this is the one. They've got the talent, they just can't put it together, and maybe Granato isn't the guy. But they can do it. Win the B1G tourney, get the autobid!
 

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And then they lost.

Hey, at least they're back to splitting series instead of getting swept!

Hopefully these guys can save face against a team from Arizona, I don't want to contemplate losing to a team from the desert.

Also, if there was ever a team that had a button that you could push that made things click, this is the one. They've got the talent, they just can't put it together, and maybe Granato isn't the guy. But they can do it. Win the B1G tourney, get the autobid!
I have only been able to watch a few games this year, and, in those games, Bucky has looked awful.

Do you think Bucjy actually has talent but that they just aren't working together well?

Agree with you about Arizona State, but, in only a few years, they've already built a ranked program and are probably in the tourney. It sucks how the Badgers have faded out of relevance.
 

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Do you think Bucjy actually has talent but that they just aren't working together well?
There's at least half a dozen first round picks on the ice for Wisconsin this season, two of those guys top-10 types. Granato has the talent assembled, but why they're so bad is anybody's guess.

You can see that they don't play cohesively or competitively on the defensive end, and when they get behind heads drop and shoulders droop. I've seen very few "hustle" plays. Goaltending is average at best, but should be sufficient for a team that should be spending most of its time at the other end.

I think their pre-season conditioning was subpar. No way of knowing that unless somebody says it, but I don't think these guys did enough to make sure they still have juice in the 3rd.
 
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