Hockey East picks – Jan. 14-19

Last week was not a good one for me to be away as Jim widened his lead in New Hampshire-like fashion.

Dave last week: no picks
Jim last week: 7-2-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 49-21-18 (.659)
Jim’s record-to-date: 60-19-16 (.716)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, January 14

Providence at Maine
Dave’s pick: The Black Bears will be looking to redeem themselves after taking a beating at the hands of Merrimack last weekend.
Maine 5 PC 2
Jim’s pick: Providence played Maine tough at home, but that should change with a hungry Maine team playing in Orono.
Maine 5, PC 3

Vermont at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies have hit their stride and aren’t about to misstep at home. 
NU 4 UVM 2
Jim’s pick: One of many difficult picks among the lower half of the league. For this one, I see a split starting with the Cats win.
UVM 3, NU 2

Massachusetts at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Both teams are on losing streaks right now, but the Minutemen are playing much the better of the two teams. 
UMass 3 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: If Lowell is going to win, it will be Friday night on home ice.
Lowell 3, UMass 2

Merrimack vs Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: The easiest pick of the week.  The Warriors all the way. 
Merrimack 6 AH 2
Jim’s pick: Warriors take the Grand Ole Opry by storm.
Merrimack 4, UAH 1

Saturday, January 15

Massachusetts-Lowell at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: The Minutemen extend Lowell’s losing streak to 13.
UMass 3 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: Minutemen earn the weekend split and take the Alumni Cup.
UMass 4, Lowell 1

Vermont at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies sweep to go over .500 within the league. 
NU 3 UVM 2
Jim’s pick: NU rebounds to earn the split.
NU 3, UVM 1

Merrimack vs Alabama-Huntsville
Dave’s pick: The Warriors complete the sweep, giving them a 12-4-4 overall record. 
Merrimack 5 AH 2
Jim’s pick: Yet another win for Merrimack. This team keeps rolling.
Merrimack 3, UAH 2

Dartmouth vs New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Dartmouth is having a good year; UNH is having a great one. 
UNH 4 Dartmouth 2
Jim’s pick: Almost want to pick the upset here, as Dartmouth always gives UNH headaches. But I’ll go with records and recent performance here.
UNH 5, Dartmouth 4

Harvard at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The Terriers have stumbled a bit lately, but the Crimson have struggled all year. 
BU 4 Harvard 2
Jim’s pick: Not a chance, Harvard.
BU 5, Harvard 1

Sunday, January 16

Boston College at Maine
Dave’s pick: In the most compelling game of the week, the Eagles extend their winning streak to eight games.
BC 4 Maine 2
Jim’s pick: Tough pick but going with the rested Eagles team, even on the road.
BC 3, Maine 2

Tuesday, January 18

Boston University at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: This isn’t just about Merrimack’s home ice dominance.  The Warriors are simply the better team right now. 
Merrimack 4 BU 2
Jim’s pick: I went with Merrimack last week and this game was snowed out. Not changing my mind now.
Merrimack 3, BU 2

Wednesday, January 19

Harvard at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies keep the momentum going. 
NU 4 Harvard 2
Jim’s pick: Preview of the Beanpot semis. Northeastern should win both.
NU 3, Harvard 1