What can get lost in translation of this season’s repetitive plot is the noteworthy talent of individuals in the defensive core — in particular, its veteran leadership.
Michigan’s exhibition game against the United States National Team Development Program this Saturday comes as an opportune moment to experiment with new lines.
During the upcoming off-week, the Wolverines expressed that they would be working on ironing out the kinks of what fans saw as a stagnant offense and an underperforming defense.
For two straight nights, the Wolverines had been dominated in every facet of the game and run off their home ice. They didn’t try to deny it, either.
A disappointing weekend for the Wolverines came to an end with a 5-1 loss to the Buckeyes, which followed a 3-2 defeat the night before.
The 17th-ranked Wolverines conceded two goals less than a minute apart in the third period, and it cost them dearly in a 3-2 loss to No. 15 Ohio State.
Such has been the storyline for the majority of the season – a firm Wolverine front that comes from behind and gives its opponents no reason to feel comfortable.
Each time he commends the offense, Pearson seems to conversely critique his blueliners ability to step up in the big moments, especially when down a man.
Fighting through a fast-paced, nail-biting overtime, the Wolverines came out alive Saturday, after taking their largest blow of the season the night before.
Despite finding success playing from behind last weekend against No. 7 Minnesota, the 17th-ranked Wolverines didn’t have the same fortune Friday night against No. 9 Wisconsin.