Hockey East picks – November 8-13

Neither of us were very good last weekend, which means I maintain an early two-game lead over the old man.

Jim last week: 6-4-1
Dave last week: 6-4-1
Jim to date: 41-18-5
Dave last week: 39-20-5

Friday, November 8

Boston College at Boston University
Jim’s pick: The renewal of college hockey’s best rivalry will be a bit different without Jack Parker on the BU bench. That, though, has no impact on why I’m picking against the Terriers.
BC 4, BU 2
Dave’s pick: Both teams have had some rough moments in the early going. I’m confident BC has turned the corner, but I’m not as sure about BU.
BC 4, BU 2

Providence at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: I love the way Providence is playing right now and though Merrimack can be tough at home, I’m going the way of the Friars.
PC 3, MC 2
Dave’s pick: I’m also taking the Friars. They’re one blown lead away from being undefeated.
PC 4, MC 2

Vermont at Maine
Jim’s pick: I’m impressed with the Catamounts right now and, even on the road, think they will win the opener of this series.
UVM 5, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: We’re going to differ on this one.  I’m sticking with the Black Bears at home.
Maine 3, UVM 2

Massachusetts at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: This is a home-and-home this year and I think the home teams will hold the advantage.
UNH 3, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: This may well be as much of a must-win game for UNH as exists this early in the year.
UNH 4, UMass 2

Minnesota at Notre Dame
Jim’s pick: Hard to pick against the number one team in the nation but I’m going to do exactly that on Friday.
UND 4, Minn. 2
Dave’s pick: Not me.  The Gophers aren’t the number one team for nothing.
Minn. 3, UND 2

Saturday, November 9

Vermont at Maine
Jim’s pick: If this series were in Burlington, I’d pick a Cats sweep. But it’s not.
Maine 3, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: I’m going with a Black Bears sweep as they stay undefeated at home.
Maine 3, UVM 2

Merrimack at Providence
Jim’s pick: The Friars continue to roll early in the season.
PC 4, MC 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed. Providence will go to 6-0-0 at home.
PC 3, MC 1

New Hampshire at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: Home teams dominate this series.
UMass 4, UNH 3
Dave’s pick: The Wildcats have struggled mightily, but a sweep gets them to 3-5-1.
UNH 3, UMass 2

Northeastern at Massachusetts-Lowell
Jim’s pick: I think this is a more difficult pick that it may appear on the surface as I think NU could pull the upset. Still, I can’t pick that one with Lowell at home.
UML 4, NU 2
Dave’s pick: I’d pick Lowell in this one no matter if it’s played at the Tsongas, Matthews Arena, or on Mars.
UML 4, NU 1

Minnesota at Notre Dame
Jim’s pick: Minnesota earns the spilt but will the Gophers remain number one?
Minn. 3, UMD 2
Dave’s pick: I probably should go with a split here, but I’m believing in the Gophers until proven otherwise.
Minn. 4, UND 3

Sunday, November 10

Army at Boston College
Jim’s pick: Army may be one of the hardest working teams in college hockey but still are no match for BC.
BC 5, Army 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed. This one won’t be close.
BC 4, Army 1

Tuesday, November 12

Massachusetts-Lowell at Princeton
Jim’s pick: Don’t think this will be an easy game but still should be a road win for the River Hawks.
UML 3, PU 2
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks continue to roll.
UML 4, PU 2

Brown at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: This is a very good Brown team that I believe may frustrate the Wildcats.
Brown 3, UNH 2
Dave’s pick: Call me crazy, but I’m picking a team that entered the weekend 1-5-1 to sweep its three games.
UNH 2, Brown 1

Thursday, November 14

Boston College at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: Though UMass always gives BC fits at the Mullins Center, I still can’t pick against the Eagles.
BC 3, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed.  Home or away, I’m going with the Eagles in this matchup.
BC 3, UMass 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at Penn State
Jim’s pick: First of a two-game series is all River Hawks.
UML 5, PSU 2
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks should dominate this one.
UML 4, PSU 1