#2 Michigan vs. Ohio State Preview

Michigan returns to Yost Ice Arena for a pair of home games against the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. After extending their win streak to 12 games, how do the Wolverines match up with the Buckeyes as the rival school tries to snap the Wolverines win streak?

No. 2 Michigan comes into the weekend as the hottest team in the nation. With a 12-game win streak, the Wolverines look poised to enter the midseason break with a record of 17-1-0. All that's standing in the way right now is a pair of games against Ohio State and Bowling Green State. How do the Wolverines match up with the Buckeyes as they take their turn at trying to snap the Michigan win streak?

Series Notes
Records: Michigan (13-1-0, 8-0-0 CCHA), Ohio State (3-10-1, 1-7-0 CCHA)
Series vs. Ohio State: Michigan leads 60-27-11
Season Series: First Meeting
Series in Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 30-11-6
Last Meeting: 6-5 Ohio State (2/24/07)

U-M Offense vs. Ohio State Defense
F – Kevin Porter (16-8-24, +10)
F – Chad Kolarik (9-11-20, +8)
F – Aaron Palushaj (5-10-15, -1)
F – Max Pacioretty (3-9-12, +11)
F – Travis Turnbull (5-3-8, +11)

U-M Goals/Game: 4.3
U-M Shots/Game: 29.2

Ohio State Goals Allowed/Game: 3.6
Ohio State Shots Allowed/Game: 28.1

Outlook: Michigan has a huge edge on the offensive side of the ice. Despite bringing in Joseph Palmer as one of the top goalie prospects in the nation, the Buckeyes have struggled mightily keeping the puck out of their own net. Michigan will bring an attack that is more quick and skilled than any the Buckeyes have seen before. Michigan should put a lot of points on the board this weekend.
Advantage: Michigan

Ohio State Offense vs. U-M Defense
F – Tommy Goebel (5-5-10, -10)
F – Tom Fritsche (2-7-9, -9)
F – Matt McIlvane (2-5-7, -5)
F – Peter Boyd (3-3-6, -4)
D – Kyle Hood (2-5-7, -6)

Ohio State Goals/Game: 2.1
Ohio State Shots/Game: 28.9

U-M Goals Allowed/Game: 2.0
U-M Shots Allowed/Game: 24.4

Outlook: Scoring has also been a struggle for Ohio State in the early part of the year. At the same time, Billy Sauer and the Michigan defense have taken their games to a level not seen by these Wolverines ever in their time at Michigan. Unless the defense, and Sauer, go in the tank and revert to last seasons form, watch for the Wolverines to have another decided advantage in this department.
Advantage: Michigan

Billy Sauer
Record: 13-1-0
GAA: 2.00
Save Percentage: .918

Ohio State
Joseph Palmer
Record: 3-9-1
GAA: 3.43
Save Percentage: .877

Outlook: Who would have thought Sauer would be given the advantage in this department just two seasons ago? Palmer came to Ohio State from the U.S. NTDP that is based out of Ann Arbor. He put on a show in an exhibition against the Wolverines just two seasons ago. Now, in his first time back at the collegiate level, the Wolverines get their first crack at him in Ann Arbor. Ohio State's defense won't help him and Billy Sauer will content for a fourth straight CCHA Goalie of the Week award.
Advantage: Michigan

U-M Power Play vs. Ohio State Penalty Kill
U-M Power Play: 24.3% (18-of-74)
U-M Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 0

Ohio State PK: 81.9% (59-of-72)
Ohio State Shorthanded Goals: 2
Ohio State PIM/Game: 15.0

Ohio State Power Play vs. U-M Penalty Kill
Ohio State Power Play: 15.2% (12-of-79)
Ohio State Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 2

U-M PK: 88.3% (68-of-77)
U-M Shorthanded Goals: 3
U-M PIM/Game: 18.4

Outlook: The Wolverines have been hot on both sides of special teams the past two weekends. If the Wolverines maintain their hot streak, this is another department that tilts heavily towards the Maize and Blue. At absolute worst, a push for Michigan.
Advantage: Michigan

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