Hockey East picks: November 11-16

A rash of upsets left both of us with only so-so results last weekend. This week will be better.

Dave last week: 5-3-1
Jim last week: 5-3-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 32-15-6
Jim’s record-to-date: 30-17-6

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, November 11

Merrimack at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The absurdly inconsistent Terriers, who’ve been playing as if they have the collective attention span of a two-year-old, are hosting the still-undefeated Warriors.  I’m going with the team playing like a powerhouse over the team that is merely acting like it’s a powerhouse.
MC 4 BU 2
Jim’s pick: One thing I notice about BU is that these inconsistencies rarely occur on back-to-back games. I think the Terriers have some bad memories of last year’s Merrimack games and believe they will be ready for this some.
BU 3, MC 2

Northeastern at Boston College
Dave’s pick: The Huskies played Merrimack awfully tough last weekend, but it’s almost a picks death wish to go against the Eagles.
BC 4 NU 1
Jim’s pick: Probably won’t be but I think this should be the easiest pick of the weekend.
BC 4, NU 1

Massachusetts-Lowell at Maine
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks stunned not only BU but most observers with their 7-1 performance last weekend. The Alfond, however, has been their Waterloo in the past and I see that happening yet again.
Maine 4 Lowell 3
Jim’s pick: I feel like Lowell could get some points in Maine, but as Dave mentioned, the River Hawks haven’t played well in Maine since coach Norm Bazin was a player. That said, I’m picking Maine.
Maine 4, Lowell 2

Holy Cross at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: The Crusaders knocked off BU a few weekends ago, but I don’t see a repeat performance against the Minutemen.
UMass 4 HC 2
Jim’s pick: This depends entire on which UMass team shows up. I’ll give them a vote of confidence.
UMass 3, HC 1

Alabama-Huntsville at Providence
Dave’s pick: It’s a sad swan song for a once-proud program. Alabama-Huntsville remains winless.
PC 5 AH 0
Jim’s pick: Don’t think the score will be as drastic, but give this one to the Friars.
PC 4, AH 1

Saturday, November 12

Northeastern at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: The percentages would say that home ice will be the determining factor, but I’m playing a hunch here.  The Huskies take an important road win.
NU 3 UMass 2
Jim’s pick: I agree. NU needs this game and will find a way to win it.
NU 3, UMass 1

Massachusetts-Lowell at Maine
Dave’s pick: The Black Bears complete the sweep and move into third place.
Maine 3 Lowell 2
Jim’s pick: I’m going with a hunch for the second straight weekend on Lowell. River Hawks grab some road points.
Lowell 5, Maine 3

New Hampshire at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats have been surging; the Catamounts have been reeling. Those trends continue.
Jim’s pick: As UNH looks to continue its streak, Vermont is a welcome opponent.
UNH 5, UVM 2

Alabama-Huntsville at Providence
Dave’s pick: An easy sweep for the Friars.
PC 5 AH 2
Jim’s pick: Ditto to that.
PC 5, AH 1

Sunday, November 13

Boston University at Boston College
Dave’s pick: Though BU has played poorly in many games, this is a matchup that gets every Terrier’s attention.  Both teams will play with passion and skill, but BC’s abundance of skill decides the winner.
BC 4 BU 2
Jim’s pick: Throw out the records for this game. Everyone knows that. Still, playing at home in front of what should be a sellout, I’ll go with the Eagles.
BC 3, BU 2 (OT)