Hockey East picks: January 27-29

Was there a more pathetic performance last weekend than my picks? I’ll give you Kyle Williams and Billy Cundiff but can you name a third?

I didn’t think so.

Dave last week: 4-6-0
Jim last week: 5-5-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 79-53-13
Jim’s record-to-date: 76-56-13

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, January 27

Maine at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The Terriers take the first of two huge steps toward a regular-season title.
BU 4, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: We’ll see this weekend if BU is the dominant team it was against Providence last weekend.
BU 4, Maine 3

Northeastern at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The Huskies stop their losing skid at four, dropping the Catamounts to a 2-14-1 league record.
NU 4, UVM 2
Jim’s pick: Have to agree with Dave. At least on the first night, I think this is NU’s game.
NU 3, UVM 1

Massachusetts-Lowell at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: I’d look to for the River Hawks to avenge their Tuesday loss to Providence if not for one thing: the Minutemen are the only Hockey East team still undefeated at home. UMass makes it 9-0-3 at the Mullins Center.
UMass 3, UML 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Mullins Center continues to be the dominant home for the Minutemen.
UMass 4, UML 2

New Hampshire at Boston College
Dave’s pick: Will one of these disappointing clubs turn it around and have a stretch run befitting its reputation? Will both?  Neither? Color me confused when it comes to these two, so I’m going for home ice.
BC 4, UNH 3
Jim’s pick: I’m with Dave. Six weeks ago, this was a slam dunk for BC. Now I have no clue.
BC 3, UNH 2 (OT)

Saturday, January 28

Maine at Boston University
Dave’s pick: Note to Maine fans – this is not a condemnation of your team; it’s an endorsement of BU.
BU 4, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: Here is where I will differ. I have this feeling that Maine can pull one out on the road.
Maine 4, BU 3

Northeastern at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The Huskies pound a very big nail into Vermont’s playoff coffin.
NU 4, UVM 2
Jim’s pick: Again, I think Vermont can take two points at home.
UVM 4, NU 2

Massachusetts at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: After the Minutemen play like Supermen at home, they hop on the bus to Kryptonite Arena.
UML 4, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: As good as UMass is at home, the road has not been kind.
UML 3, UMass 2

Boston College at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Both teams could really use a sweep to launch their stretch drive, but they’ll have to be satisfied with a home-ice split.
UNH 4, BC 3
Jim’s pick: This is the defining weekend for BC, in my mind.
BC 5, UNH 3

Sunday, January 29

Providence at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: This isn’t a home ice pick. Despite their reputation, the Warriors are 6-3-2 at home and 6-2-2 on the road. It’s just a Merrimack pick, plain and simple.
Merrimack 4, Providence 2
Jim’s pick: I know it was weeks ago, but for some reason I fell like Providence has Merrimack’s number this year.
PC 3, Merrimack 1