We're less than minutes from the puck dropping on the Mavericks' 2007-08 season. Here are tonight's lines:
UPDATE: Starters in bold.
Extras: Tyree, Boe, Tormey
Observations: The Mavericks have five freshmen in the lineup tonight: Sackrison, Galiardi and Louwerse up front and Davis and Youds on defense. ... The fans are just starting to arrive and some of the first ones to come in from the rainy U.P. weather are a handful of MSU fans. ... This is just my second trip to Houghton. The last time I was here was late in the 2001-02. Let's just say I prefer the October rain over the November snow. ... Zacharias appears to have survived the pregame warmups. In last season's opener at Notre Dame, Zacharias was scheduled to start in net but suffered a groin pull in warmups. ... I'll try to have more later.