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Michigan - Boston University Preview

The Wolverines head east to take on Boston University

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Who: #12 Michigan at #10 Boston University

Where: Agganis Arena

When: Friday, 6:00pm - Saturday 4:00pm

The Wolverines journey east for a weekend series against Boston University. The Terriers enter the series with a 5-3-2 record featuring wins over Wisconsin, Denver and a sweep against Northeastern; they've split against UConn, lost at Union and Merrimack and most recently tied two games with #1 Providence.

Offensively the Terriers rank 15th in goal scoring with 3.40 per game and 22nd on the power play operating at 20%. They're are led by Danny O'Regan, the team's leading point scorer with 13, and Ahti Oksanen who leads the team with six goals. Freshman Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson is second on the team with eleven points and Ryan Cloonan has added four goals.

Their blueline is young but extremely talented; Doyle Somerby and Matt Grzelcyk are the two upperclassmen in the group with sophomores Brandon Hickey, John MacLeod and Brandon Fortunato. The ultra-talented Charlie McAvoy is the lone freshman of the unit.

In net Connor LaCouvee replaces the departed Matt O'Connor and has posted a .919 SV% and a 2.53 goals against.

What To Watch For: Michigan

The goaltending situation isn't any clearer than it was last week. Whoever starts Friday will be playing for the top job; if he struggles, you will see the other goalie Saturday. Goaltending needs to be rock solid to get a win this weekend.

This BU squad has no shortage of speed and skill. The Terriers can get up ice quickly in transition and finish on chances, so if the Wolverines are turning the puck over like they have done for most of this year it's going to be a long weekend.

Special teams will need to be the great equalizer. Michigan experimented with a five forward, 1-3-1 look against Niagara with better results and could take advantage of a BU penalty kill ranked 29th.

The Wolverines have been carried by their underclassmen throughout the first seven games. Kyle Connor, Cooper Marody and Brendan Warren are their three top scorers and Tony Calderone has added four goals. Going on the road to a great venue in Agganis Arena, Michigan needs more contributions from their upperclassmen.