Hockey East picks – Nov. 2-4

Finally a bounce-back week for me but I still couldn’t gain any ground on the Old Man.

Jim last week: 7-1-2
Dave last week: 7-1-2
Jim’s record-to-date: 16-13-4
Dave’s record-to-date: 20-9-2

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Nov. 2

Boston College at Maine
Jim’s pick: Though I still am not convinced that Maine is a cellar-dwellar, I can’t pick the Black Bears until they begin to win (particularly not against the #1 team in the country.
BC 5, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: Not to be unkind, but Maine stands as much of a chance in this game as the Rams did in London last Sunday against the Patriots.
BC 4, Maine 0

Merrimack at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Whichever team’s goaltender plays better will likely win this game. But I like the Huskies at home to start this series.
NU 3, MC 2
Dave’s pick: The Huskies have really impressed me so far, defeating Merrimack, splitting with BC, and getting outscored by UNH in a weekend series by only a single goal. At Matthews Arena, this isn’t even a one-goal game.
NU 4, MC2

New Hampshire at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: Even on the road, these Wildcats seem to be too hot to bet against right now.
UNH 4, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed.  UNH is for real.
UNH 4, UMass 2

Providence at Vermont 
Jim’s pick: I loved the way Vermont played last weekend, particularly defensively. If they minimize defensive mistakes, I see them splitting this series. That said, I’m going with Providence out of the gate.
PC 4, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: I’ve been even more impressed with Providence’s play, including the tooth-and-nail series at Miami.
PC 4, UVM 2

Boston University at North Dakota 
Jim’s pick: This will be BU’s toughest test to date. And while I like some of the results for the Terriers thus far, I think I have to go with the “no longer the Sioux”
UND 5, BU 3
Dave’s pick: North Dakota has gotten off to a mediocre start, but with all its players back from suspension this will be a tough weekend for BU at the Ralph.
UND 4, BU 1

Saturday, Nov. 3

Northeastern at Merrimack 
Jim’s pick: Merrimack still is one of the best home team’s in the nation. That’s enough to sway me in this game.
MC 3, NU 1
Dave’s pick: I’ve been too impressed by the Huskies so far to pick against them here.
NU3 , MC2

Providence at Vermont
Jim’s pick: I think Vermont has the confidence right now to earn a split.
UVM 3, PC 2 (OT)
Dave’s pick: I don’t see it.  Vermont might have the confidence, but the Friars feature the better talent. If not for an overtime loss, they’d have taken two of four points at fourth-ranked Miami.
PC 3, UVM 2

Boston University at North Dakota
Jim’s pick: I have a difficult time picking a sweep here, but I also believe North Dakota is among this nation’s elite teams.
UND 4, BU 3
Dave’s pick: I’m also going with a sweep, perhaps overly influenced by covering BU’s lone loss this year.
UND 3, BU 2

Sunday, Nov. 4

New Hampshire at Maine
Jim’s pick: The border war game seems like an obvious pick for UNH. If Maine is going to pull the upset this weekend, I feel like this will be the game. But I’m still not picking the Black Bears.
UNH 3, Maine 2
Dave’s pick:  Maine has been outscored 16-3 in its last four games. I see no reason for a sudden turnaround.
UNH 4, Maine 1

Massachusetts at Boston College
Jim’s pick: BC keeps rolling against UMass.
BC 5, UMass 2 
Dave’s pick: My only miss last weekend was picking BC to sweep, then changing my mind. Don’t expect that to happen again anytime soon.
BC 4, UMass 1

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Senior WriterJim Connelly is a senior writer and has been with USCHO.com since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with USCHO.com as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he writes "Tuesday Morning Quarterback."