Hockey East picks – Dec. 6-8

Jim picked up a game on me last week. It’s time to fix that and head into the holidays on top.

Dave last week: 7-5-1
Jim last week: 8-4-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 70-35-10
Jim’s record-to-date: 71-34-10

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Dec. 6

New Hampshire at Boston College
Dave’s pick: In recent years, this home-and-home series has helped decide the regular season champion on the final weekend of play. This year, the games could prove every bit as decisive even while coming this early. I’m going with home ice to decide.
BC 3, UNH 2
Jim’s pick: After losing at home to Holy Cross, I don’t see this BC team falling back to back at Kelley Rink.
BC 4, UNH 3

Boston University at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: A couple weeks ago, the Terriers appeared to be in trouble. Now, they’re 3-0-1 in their last four. I’m not sure what to make of them, but I’ll take them this series.
BU 2, MC 1 
Jim’s pick: Until Merrimack begins scoring goals, I can’t pick them.
BU 2, MC 0

Massachusetts at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: The Minutemen won’t be getting their first road win at the expense of the Irish.
ND 4, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: Notre Dame hasn’t been playing great hockey due to injuries, but I think it can handle UMass.
ND 3, UMass 1

Providence at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: If you read this week’s column, you know I’ve been impressed by the Huskies. The thing is, though, that the Friars have been even better. Home ice could decide this one, but I’m tilting for the Providence.
PC 3, NU 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I am going to pick a minor upset here just because Northeastern is at home.
NU 3, PC 2

Saturday, Jan. 12

Massachusetts at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: A tough trip out West for the Minutemen; the first back-to-back wins for the Irish since Nov. 8. .
ND 4, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: Get out your brooms, Irish fans.
ND 5, UMass 3

Merrimack at Boston University
Dave’s pick: BU stays hot; Merrimack remains winless in Hockey East.
BU 4, MC 2
Jim’s pick: You’ve got to score to win. That is why Merrimack continues to struggle.
BU 3, MC 1

Boston College at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick:  The Wildcats salvage the split back at the Whitt.
UNH 3, BC 2
Jim’s pick: I’m going to pick a split again, something that is always dangerous and has rarely worked out for me.
UNH 4, BC 2

Sunday, Dec. 8

Massachusetts-Lowell at Maine
Dave’s pick: Maine’s 6-1 home record collides with Lowell’s 6-1 road mark. I’d usually opt for the home team, all things considered, but not when the River Hawks are involved.
UML 3, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: I will admit I’m very nervous picking Lowell here as Maine has been lights out at home. That said, in its last 11, Lowell has been lights out anywhere it plays.
UML 2, Maine 1