Hockey East Picks – Jan. 28-29

Dave and I only picked one game differently last week (UMass vs. Vermont on Saturday) and I got it right. Let the lead expand.

Dave last week: 5-3-1
Jim last week: 6-2-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 63-27-19 (.655)
Jim’s record-to-date: 75-21-17 (.739)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, January 28

Vermont at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Vermont has played well recently, but I think Merrimack might just be one notch better. Calling this a sweep 
Merrimack 5, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: I think Merrimack is more than a notch better, but the result is the same.  Sweep.
Merrimack 4, UVM 2

Boston University at Maine
Jim’s pick: Though home ice should be enough of an advantage for Maine, I think this will be a split, with BU winning first.
BU 3, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: It’s hard to get a handle on either team, but I’m going with home ice.
Maine 4, BU 3

Massachusetts at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Pretty even matchup here but I think home ice is the difference maker.
NU 4, UMass 3 (OT)
Dave’s pick: UMass has been playing well of late, but so has Northeastern.  And with home ice…
NU 4, UMass 2

New Hampshire at Providence
Jim’s pick: Wildcats rebound from last week’s loss to BU. 
UNH 4, PC 2
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats won’t be taking anything for granted after their close call with the Friars last week.
UNH 4, PC 2

Saturday, January 29

Vermont at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Merrimack completes the sweep at home.
Merrimack 3, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: Merrimack all the way.
Merrimack 4, UVM 2

Boston University at Maine
Jim’s pick: Black Bears rebound to earn the weekend split.
Maine 4, BU 2
Dave’s pick: I’d be tempted to go with a home ice sweep for the Black Bears, but I’m not going to catch Jim that way.  If Jim says good-bye, then I say hello.  (And for Beatles fans I’ll keep going: hello, hello.  I don’t know why you say…)
BU 3, Maine 2

Northeastern at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: Once again, UMass rebound on Saturday for the split.
UMass 3, NU 1
Dave’s pick: A sweep for Northeastern. 
NU 3, UMass 2

Boston College at UMass-Lowell
Jim’s pick: BC keeps rolling on the road.
BC 4, UML 2
Dave’s pick: In this case, even if Jim says goodbye, I have to say goodbye.
BC 4, UML 2

New Hampshire at Providence
Jim’s pick: Even on home ice, don’t see Providence coming out on top.
UNH 4, PC 2
Dave’s pick: I hate to duplicate Jim’s pick, but this looks like a UNH sweep of the season series.
UNH 4, PC2