Hockey East picks: December 8-10

Well, how was that for one week wiping out an entire season of picks that hadn’t been lighting the world on fire in the first place?  Both Jimmy and I went down in flames with all the underdogs sweeping the favorites, though I’d be surprised if anyone publicly listing his or her picks (before the games are actually played, of course) showed good results.

A great week for Hockey East underdogs. A bad one for Jimmy and me. Let’s see if there’s a bounce-back within the two of us.

And those of you who like to chide us for picking against your team, please make your own picks (all of them) in the comments. Before Jimmy and I either look like fools, geniuses, or somewhere in between.  Seriously.  It’ll be fun.

Dave last week: 4-8-1
Jim last week: 4-8-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 54-35-9
Jim’s record-to-date: 53-36-9

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, December 8

Boston University at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: I’ve been a believer in the Terriers, and their ability to win at BC last weekend makes me believe they’ll do the same at the Whitt.
BU 4 UNH 3
Jim’s pick: I’m with Dave. BU is the better team right now. But barely.
BU 3, UNH 1

Friday, December 9

Boston College at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: I’ve been so consistently wrong about the River Hawks this year, their fans have begged me to continue to pick against them. As a result, I’ll comply. (That, plus even though the Hawks have made me believers that they could be serious contenders at home ice, the Eagles have made me believers — recent inconsistency notwithstanding — that they could be serious contenders for the national title.)
BC 4 UML 3
Jim’s pick: And here I will go against Pops. Too easy to try to pick up a game in the standings. Plus, after last Friday, I expect Tsongas to be rocking.
UML 4, BC 2

Saturday, December 10

Massachusetts-Lowell at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: I have to disappoint my River Hawk “fans” this time and pick for their team. Both teams have played surprisingly well — very surprising to me — but the Hawks have done it more than the Huskies.
Jim’s pick: I actually think this may be the most difficult game of the week to predict. I think that Northeastern is playing well. My only issue is the Huskies haven’t played well at home.
UML 4, NU 3

Boston University at Maine
Dave’s pick: The Black Bears did sweep last weekend, but I’m putting that more on their opponent (Vermont) than themselves. They’ll need to show more over a longer stretch before I go for them even at home against the (5-1 in their last six games) Terriers.
BU 4 Maine 2
Jim’s pick: I like Maine’s mojo. Sorry, Pops, you’re going down.
Maine 5, BU 3

Merrimack at Colgate
Dave’s pick: The Raiders have won five in a row and the Warriors did get swept last weekend. Call me stubborn (my wife does all the time),  but I still believe in Merrimack. Even on the road. And it didn’t take the rebound win on Wednesday.
Merrimack 3 Colgate 2
Jim’s pick: I don’t even think it will be as close as Dave predicts. This could be a blowaway.
MC 6, Colgate 2


  1. Jim and Dave picking against NU. Classic. Keep it up boys, those UML fans aren’t the only ones that hope u keep picking against them.

  2. NU just whipped up on the 2nd ranked team in the country last weekend- 2 games and outscored ND 11-3. i am in the same camp that hopes you guys keep betting against the forever underdog NU Huskies! you guys don’t get paid for doing this column do you? God I hope not. A couple of real chowderheads in my opinion

  3. Lowell will upend BC tonight. Other than last year, for several years before that BC struggled in Lowell. That will continue tonight as me and 6,500 other fans will be telling BC what we think about them and their diva diving team

  4. That BU – UNH game was no where near as close as the score.  BU skated circles around UNH.  It was most apparent when UNH was on a PP. 

    I think UNH is one of the most talented teams but they are so young and inexperienced they are getting killed. However, I think UNH will be a top team next year and one of the best teams in the nation in the 2013 – 2014 season.

  5. these guys only pick and write about top ranked programs like bc,bu,unh,umaine,etc. never do they write about small programs like nu,pc,mc. MC was the top ranked team in the nation and these guys at USCHO rather write about BU Charlie Coyle or BC’s Chris Kreider. Come on!! Give some recognition to whom deserves it. NU crushed UND 2/3 in the country at UND and these guys (Jim & Dave) did not even write a decent recap of the games, rather write about the will be hockey east team in 2013… Very dissapointed about their columns and their writing. they should have real fans pick and write their columns

  6. Kudoo BC & Ferris.  Well played match by two deserving teams!  Coach York has built an outstanding program for college hockey and these yound men!


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