Our question this week was submitted by Carl Tilleson (@Husky16350 on Twitter). His question for The Rink Live beat reporters is: What's one thing you think the team you cover needs to shore up to make a conference/NCAA tourney run?
Those reporters are Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Austin Monteith, Brad Schlossman and Matt Wellens. Hatten covers St. Cloud State, Myers covers the University of Minnesota, Monteith covers Bemidji State, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota and Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth.
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Hatten: Solid goaltending will be a key in the playoffs for SCSU. In David Hrenak's 11 wins, he has a .940 save percentage. In his seven losses, his save percentage is .859.
Schlossman: UND ranks fourth in the nation in penalty minutes-per-game. If the Fighting Hawks can stay out of the penalty box, they will be very difficult to beat.
Wellens: The Bulldogs have relied too much on the power play, odd-man rushes and solo breakaways to score goals this year. Those scoring chances have all been taken away the last three games. It sounds cliche, but Scott Sandelin is right. His team needs to get pucks and bodies to the net to get back on track.
Monteith: As stellar as the Bemidji State penalty kill (91.8%, 2nd nationally) has been, the power play (14%, 44th) has been streaky at best. The Beavers will need more consistency from the unit if they want to make a deep postseason run.
Myers: The Gophers have one goal in their last 13 power plays. Coach Bob Motzko said he likes that they're controlling the puck, getting good looks at the net and getting lots of shots on goal, so he is not concerned about the man-advantage. Still, a few more pucks in the net with an opponent in the box would be helpful in March.