Hockey East Picks – Feb. 25-26

Dave finally gained some ground on me, but at this point I hear a fat woman singing a sweet tune.

Dave last week: 8-0-2
Jim last week: 6-2-2
Dave’s record-to-date: 90-33-25 (.692)
Jim’s record-to-date: 100-29-23 (.734)

Here are this week’s picks

Friday, February 25

Vermont at Boston University
Jim’s pick: I think the Cats are playing well and will grab two points on the road. Friday is the better day to do that.
UVM 4, BU 3
Dave’s pick: Both teams have been wildly inconsistent, but I’m going to pick the Terriers. If they’re on, I don’t see the game as being close.
BU 4, UVM 2

Boston College at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: After last week, this series has BC sweep written all over it.
BC 5, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: Strategically speaking, I should just pick opposite Jim in an effort to catch up but I can’t see BC losing here.
BC 4, UMass 1

Merrimack at Maine
Jim’s pick: Probably the most-watched series of the weekend. Maine wins at home to begin.
Maine 5, MC 3
Dave’s pick: I know this is at Alfond but I don’t see any reason to pick against the juggernaut Warriors.
MC 5, Maine 3

Northeastern at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: Another highly anticipated series. I like the home teams here.
UNH 3, NU 1
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats get two points closer to another regular season title.
UNH 4, NU 3

Massachusetts-Lowell at Providence
Jim’s pick: The battle of the uglies feels like a much-needed Friars sweep.
PC 3, UML 2
Dave’s pick: I can’t disagree.  Lowell’s blanking last weekend doesn’t inspire confidence.
PC 2, UML 0

Saturday, February 26

Vermont at Boston University
Jim’s pick: BU earns a split at home. A much-needed split for confidence.
BU 5, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: I’m also picking BU, but it’s for a sweep not a split.
BU 4, UVM 2

Massachusetts at Boston College
Jim’s pick: Sweep is in the cards at BC.
BC 4, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: The Eagles keep themselves in the chase for first place.
BC 4, UMass 3

Merrimack at Maine
Jim’s pick: Merrimack takes the back end of the series.
MC 6, Maine 3
Dave’s pick: The Warriors win to complete the sweep and position themselves for a possible regular season title via a three-way tie.
MC 5, Maine 4

New Hampshire at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Huskies continue to surprise down the stretch.
NU 4, UNH 3
Dave’s pick: I’d be strongly tempted to pick Northeastern here, but I do like UNH and I need to disagree with Jim.
UNH 4, NU 3

Providence at Massachusetts-Lowell
Jim’s pick: Friars keep playoff hopes alive.
PC 4, UML 2
Dave’s pick: What a tough year for the River Hawks.
PC 3, UML 1