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The highlight being 6 games each, 18 total games vs your Pod (CC / Denver / Omaha) and 2 Games each, 8 total vs other league teams (Miami, Duluth, SCSU, Western).

Who is in your pod is incredibly important, given not only a huge differential in games, but also no Non-Conference games to mix into the Pairwise. Either its you finish at worst #3 in your league or you don't have a shot at making it into the NCAA tourney. 

Let's take a closer look at UND's Pod. This is based on last years NCHC finish.

  • 1) North Dakota: 17-4-3 (56 Points)
  • 3) Denver: 11-8-5 (42 Points)
  • 6) Omaha: 8-13-3 (27 Points)
  • 8) Colorado College: 4-17-3 (16 Points)

Highlights for the other teams:

  • Denver: About even talent wise. Lost two leading scorers to early departures (can't emphasis enough how important Mitchell was to that team). Finley graduated (5th leading scorer). So lost 3 of their Top 5 scorers (They didn't have PPG guy). Another Depth Forward, Couple D-man and Backup Goalie. Great Goalie coming back, good depth, couple high end forwards returning. Good recruiting Class. I think they are the #2 team pre-season in the NCHC this year.
  • Omaha: Improved: Return Top 5 Scorers off last years team. Do lose 5 Seniors who were contributors (3 F / 2 D). I think they'd be about #4/5 Pre-season in the NCHC this year.
  • CC: Even. When you finish last with that record, there's really no way to be worse. They lose their Top 2 scorers (who were their Top 2 by a healthy margin). Another Top 6 Foward. I'd have them as the #8 Pre-season NCHC team

Pretty even pod's thankfully. Exciting to see the plan. 

 

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1 hour ago, MB-Squid said:

6 games vs. Denver, 6 vs. Colorado College, 6 vs. Omaha.  All in 2021 in a spaced out schedule with byes.

2 games vs. the rest of the teams, all in December in Omaha. 8 games condensed.

 

The Minnesota school are closer which is the weird thing but I get why it has to be this way.

The division games are interesting. Is it two 3 game series home and away or three 2 game series. Unless it's in the article and I missed it who would get the extra home series.

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1 hour ago, Big Green said:

Why not POD CC, Denver, Miami, and W. Michigan in 1 POD and UND, UMD, St Cloud, and Omaha in the other?  CC Denver, Miami and W. Michigan already will need to fly to almost all games.  The 2nd POD could drive and save travel costs.  Seems strange.  

Oh Well.  Glad to see hockey back.

 

I would like to think and it really wouldn't surprise me if it was done because of competitive balance. It'd be a tough sell to see CC / Miami in the same pod. 

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Not a year to get off to slow start. If I was to guess, I think there will be 6 to 12 auto bids with every conferences tournament champion and regular season champion securing a spot in the tournament which means instead of 10 at large bids it could be as few as 4.

I hope I am wrong but I would not be surprised if the regionals are very regionalized as well with little regard to conference matchups.

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This article had some additional details on the Omaha pod. Apparently they almost did “air” and “land” divisions. Also sounds like games will be on Midco but it didn’t specify if they’ll just be picking up the feed or if Midco will have a crew there. Sounds like they may try to get some on CBS Sports also. 

https://unothegateway.com/nchc-to-return-to-play-dec-1-in-omaha-pod/

 

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49 minutes ago, Sodbuster said:

So, how will this timetable affect the World Junior guys?

Hopefully minimal impact.

Tournament starts day after Christmas.

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52 minutes ago, Quincheezmo said:

Guessing/hoping we see a couple non-conference series in November?

Geez, that would be wonderful!

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8 hours ago, Quincheezmo said:

Guessing/hoping we see a couple non-conference series in November?

I read an article from the guy who covers Mankato that we have had discussions with them about some games, but not sure the extent. 

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On 10/16/2020 at 11:49 AM, nodakgirl93 said:

The division games are interesting. Is it two 3 game series home and away or three 2 game series. Unless it's in the article and I missed it who would get the extra home series.

I hadn't thought of three games series, but that would be a great way to cut cost and minimize travel.  In that case I'd guess UND and Omaha would each play DU and CC once apiece in the pod.  That would allow DU and CC to play all there games against each other in Colorado and UND and Omaha would play each other in two three game series.  You could also set up scheduled for the DU and CC trips are back to back, with a Friday-Saturday series followed by a Thursday-Saturday series, and only make one flight, staying in Colorado during the week.

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now that doc emerick has retired from calling NHL games, how cool would it be to have him call the games in omaha?  i know that its highly unlikely, but damn that would be so cool to hear.   one can dream

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1 hour ago, 1972 said:

now that doc emerick has retired from calling NHL games, how cool would it be to have him call the games in omaha?  i know that its highly unlikely, but damn that would be so cool to hear.   one can dream

Yeah, that would be great!

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3 hours ago, 1972 said:

now that doc emerick has retired from calling NHL games, how cool would it be to have him call the games in omaha?  i know that its highly unlikely, but damn that would be so cool to hear.   one can dream

That would be cool, I think he did the MN HS Hockey Tourney a few years back. Could we start a petition to have him do the Frozen Four and replace Bucci and Melrose?

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8 hours ago, siouxfan512 said:

That would be cool, I think he did the MN HS Hockey Tourney a few years back. Could we start a petition to have him do the Frozen Four and replace Bucci and Melrose?

Or just Melrose?

 

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3 hours ago, siouxfaninseattle said:

I wonder if UND will try to schedule any OOC games during a bye week? There are several bussable openents. My guess is that it would depend on the, yeah, usual issue these days.

I don't see any non con unless it's prior to bubble and those would need to happen by Nov 13-14. Best bet might be an exhibition against Bemidji 

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7 hours ago, nodakvindy said:

I don't see any non con unless it's prior to bubble and those would need to happen by Nov 13-14. Best bet might be an exhibition against Bemidji 

I'm on the opposite end of this.  I don't think teams are likely to want to start sooner than the bubble.   I would think the league would want to make sure teams come into the bubble "clean", and didn't Schlossman say UND will start their season in the Bubble.

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8 hours ago, nodakvindy said:

I don't see any non con unless it's prior to bubble and those would need to happen by Nov 13-14. Best bet might be an exhibition against Bemidji 

Mankato could be a good option s well.

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1 hour ago, tnt said:

I'm on the opposite end of this.  I don't think teams are likely to want to start sooner than the bubble.   I would think the league would want to make sure teams come into the bubble "clean", and didn't Schlossman say UND will start their season in the Bubble.

True. But how many of our team and staff have already had the Rona?

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23 minutes ago, petey23 said:

True. But how many of our team and staff have already had the Rona?

Over half from what I heard.....and that was a few weeks ago.

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4 hours ago, InHeavenThereIsNoBeer said:

And kick Bucci down to color? I could deal with that.

 

Or just kick Bucci out...please.

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Thorne and Clement people......I love doc, but Eddie O just doesn't do it for me.  John Davidson was always tremendous on the color for NHL on Fox games.  

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