Hockey East picks: Jan. 20-26

Neither Dave nor I had stellar weeks, but at least I picked up a game on the old man (finally!)

Jim’s last week: 5-3-1
Dave’s last week: 4-4-1
Jim’s record-to-date: 71-51-13
Dave’s record-to-date: 75-47-13

Friday, January 20

Providence at BU
Jim’s pick: Love the way the Terriers are playing right now. Providence, not so much.
BU 4, PC 2
Dave’s pick: No offense to the Friars, but this is the easiest pick of the week.
BU 4, PC 2

New Hampshire at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: With two wins last week, UNH seems back on track, but I have a feeling I should be going with Merrimack on home ice.
MC 5, UNH 3
Dave’s pick: UNH did have two wins, but Merrimack took three of four points from a very hot Maine club. So though I hate to agree with Jim, I’ve got to also go with home ice.
MC 4, UNH 3

Boston College at Maine
Jim’s pick: Can’t totally figure this Maine team out but the same goes for the Eagles of late. Head for BC, tails for Maine. Heads it is.
BC 3, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: The Eagles have been killing me lately, but I’m staying on their bandwagon one more week.
BC 4, Maine 3

Vermont at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: The Minutemen continue to roll at the Mullins Center.
UMass 4, UVM 1
Dave’s pick: The second easiest pick of the week. UMass goes to a stunning 8-0-3 at home.
UMass 3, UVM 1

Northeastern at Massachusetts-Lowell
Jim’s pick: Northeastern will be under the assult of the River Hawks and 40 or so barking dogs (it’s bring your dog to the game night!) Don’t see that working favorably even for the Huskies
UML 5, NU 2
Dave’s pick: Home ice is the deciding factor as the River Hawks move to 6-1-0 at the Tsongas.
UML 4, NU 2

Saturday, January 21

Boston College at Maine
Jim’s pick: Look at that. It came up tails this time. Guess the 50/50 odds of a coin are pretty accurate.
Maine 3, BC 2
Dave’s pick:  I don’t believe in either team’s goaltending right now, so I’m staying on the Eagles bandwagon but moving to the seat next to the door.
BC 4, Maine 3

Massachusetts-Lowell at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Can’t see NU losing four in a row, particularly given they are at home.
NU 3, UML 2
Dave’s pick: Yup, home ice rules during this home-and-home series.
NU 3, UML 2

Boston University at Providence
Jim’s pick: Even with a solid home record, I don’t want to pick against BU right now.
BU 4, PC 3
Dave’s pick: This will make it seven wins for the Terriers in their last eight.
BU 4, PC2

Merrimack at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: Will UNH play like the UNH of old at home? My pick says yes.
UNH 3, MC 1
Dave’s pick:  Another home-and-home where home makes the difference.
UNH 4, MC 3 (OT)

Tuesday, January 24

Massachusetts-Lowell at Providence
Jim’s pick: Yet another tough pick, but I’ll go with the River Hawks here.
UML 3, PC 1
Dave’s pick: I don’t want to agree with Jim, but I must. The Friars go 0-for-3 over the extended weekend.
UML 3, PC 2