Hockey East Picks: Nov. 19-23

Dave made a great comeback last week while my mind obviously was still drowning in Jameson and Guinness.

Dave last week: 6-1-3
Jim last week: 4-3-3
Dave’s record-to-date: 22-13-13 (.594)
Jim’s record-to-date: 18-11-11 (.582)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, November 19

Maine at Boston College
Dave’s pick: I suspected at the beginning of the year that I’d pick BC to win every game, but Maine is simply playing better right now.
Maine 3, BC 2

Jim’s pick: BC hasn’t lost two games in a row so I think the Eagles will come out on top in game one on home ice.
BC 4, Maine 2

Northeastern at Providence
Dave’s pick:  Break up the Friars.
PC 4, NU 2

Jim’s pick: Who thought at season’s beginning I’d be confidently picking Providence in this one?
PC 5, NU 3

Merrimack at UMass-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Merrimack is simply the better team.
Merrimack 3, Lowell 2

Jim’s pick: This is a banged up Lowell team facing a red hot Merrimack team.
Merrimack 3, UMass-Lowell 1

Boston University at UNH
Dave’s pick: Home ice rules.
UNH 3, BU 2

Jim’s pick: This series has split written all over it, so I’ll go with the home team in each of these games.
UNH 3, BU 2

Saturday, November 20

New Hampshire at Boston University
Dave’s pick: BU bounces back at home.  (Although these two clubs are so closely matched, I wouldn’t be surprised to see two ties or wins by both road teams.)
BU 3, UNH 2 (OT)

Jim’s pick: Like I said, home teams in this series.
BU 5, UNH 3

UMass-Lowell at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: The Warriors sweep.
Merrimack 4, UMass-Lowell 2

Jim’s pick: See last week’s picks. Merrimack + home ice = I pick the Warriors.
Merrimack 3, UMass-Lowell 2

Providence at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies begin to right the ship.
NU 2, PC 1

Jim’s pick: It’s about time NU finally wins at home.
NU 4, PC 2

Sunday, November 21

Maine at Boston College (1 p.m.)
Dave’s pick: BC bounces back for the split.
BC 5 Maine 4

Jim’s pick: Black Bears win game two of the series to make it a pleasant bus ride back to Orono.
Maine 5, BC 3

Tuesday, November 23

Vermont at UMass
Dave’s pick: UMass gets off the schneid.
UMass 3, UVM 2

Jim’s pick: I think this is finally the night that the Minutemen get into the win column.
UMass 3, UVM 2

Brown at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Unless there’s a major letdown after the home-and-home series with BU, the Wildcats dominate.
UNH 4, Brown 2

Jim’s pick: Wildcats roll in non-league battle.
UNH 5, Brown 2