Yes, I know it is now Thursday, but the blog was not allowing me to log in yesterday, so the update is backed up a day.
Michael Parks will not travel to Colorado Springs, obviously meaning he will be out another week with his leg injury. Parks has only played in one period this season.
We may see some other lineup changes in an effort to find some good line combinations that click, but probably not anything major.
The team traveled to Colorado Springs on Wednesday after practice — a day earlier than usual to help adjust to the altitude. They will practice at World Arena today and have a skate Friday morning to prepare for the series.
It will be a big change from last weekend, when Notre Dame played a tight-checking game in an NHL rink. Colorado College will play a wide-open style in an Olympic rink. The Tigers are averaging 4.25 goals at home this season.
I think most UND fans know who to keep an eye on. That’s No. 13, Rylan Schwartz. He is tearing it up right now with six goals and 12 points in the last five games. And he has terrorized UND in the past. Schwartz has eight goals in the last three meetings against UND, including hat tricks in back-to-back games last season.
Schwartz has been in the shadow of his younger brother, St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, but it is clear that he doesn’t need his brother to be an outstanding player (that also was clear during Rylan’s rookie campaign when Jaden was not around).
We also held our weekly Wednesday live chat. You can re-read that below if you wish.