Hockey East picks – Feb. 6-10

Here I was feeling all good about myself after making up two games on Dave on Friday night. By the end of the weekend, though, Dave had earned those two wins back.

Jim last week: 5-5-2
Jim to date: 125-67-20
Dave last week: 5-5-2
Dave to date: 128-64-20

Friday, February 6

Boston College at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Because this game is at Merrimack, I’m nervous to pick the Eagles. But this team will be hungry after a Beanpot loss.
BC 4, MC 2
Dave’s pick: I agree. Merrimack will block a ton of shots and Rasmus Tirronen will stand on his head, but it won’t quite be enough.
BC 3, MC 2

Notre Dame at Maine
Jim’s pick: I’m not confident picking either of these teams right now. So I guess I’ll let home ice prevail.
Maine 3, ND 2
Dave’s pick: Neither team has inspired much confidence of late. If it were at Notre Dame, I’d go for an Irish sweep, but at Alfond the Black Bears will at least get one.
Maine 4, ND 3

Northeastern at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: The one thing I worry about here is a post-Beanpot letdown for the Huskies. But I think they can avoid it.
NU 4, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: UMass has picked off more wins of late than I would have thought without looking at its schedule, but the Huskies are on a roll.
NU 4, UMass 2

Boston University at UMass Lowell
Jim’s pick: The last time these two teams played, a come-from-behind BU win sent each team in opposite directions. I think UML will remember that and earn the win.
UML 4, BU 3
Dave’s pick: This will be a major test for both teams and Lowell certainly needs it more, but I’m liking the way BU is playing.
BU 4, UML 3

New Hampshire at Vermont
Jim’s pick: Two months ago, this is a slam dunk for the Catamounts. Now, I’m not so convinced.
UVM 3, UNH 2
Dave’s pick: They certainly are worried in Catamount-land, but I also think they get back on track.
UVM 2, UNH 1

Saturday, February 7

Notre Dame at Maine
Jim’s pick: Not a pick I feel very confident in, but will pick the Irish to split.
ND 3, Maine 2
Dave’s pick: It just seems that both teams have been too inconsistent to expect a sweep either way.
ND 4, Maine 2

Connecticut at Providence
Jim’s pick: Two very good goalies going head-to-head.
PC 2, UConn 1
Dave’s pick: Can the Huskies be giant-killers again? They’ll come close.
PC 2, UConn 1 (OT)

UMass Lowell at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: The battle of sister schools goes to Lowell in round 1.
UML 5, UMass 3
Dave’s pick: I also see the River Hawks taking the win, but think it’ll be a lot more lopsided.
UML 5, UMass 1

New Hampshire at Vermont
Jim’s pick: Another pick I’m not confident in, but think Vermont can get back on track with a sweep at home.
UVM 3, UNH 1
Dave’s pick: UNH’s tough season continues; Vermont sweeps.
UVM 3, UNH 2

Monday, February 9

63rd Beanpot Tournament (at Boston)

Harvard vs. Boston College (consolation game)
Jim’s pick: This is such a big game in terms of PairWise for both teams. Both need a win, who will get it?
BC 3, HU 2
Dave’s pick: Harvard continues its domination of the Beanpot consolation game: five wins in a row.
HU 3, BC 2

Boston University vs. Northeastern (championship game)
Jim’s pick: Is this the year Northeastern wins its first Beanpot since 1988? Even if they don’t, I like going out on a limb with this pick.
NU 3, BU 2
Dave’s pick: A Northeastern Beanpot would be a great story, but I can’t go against a team playing as well right now as the Terriers.
BU 4, NU 2

Tuesday, February 10

Merrimack at UConn
Jim’s pick: The one thing I believe about this game is that it will be low scoring. And I also like UConn to continue to be solid at home.
UConn 2, MC 1
Dave’s pick: Agreed on both counts. Hockey East’s two lowest-scoring teams aren’t suddenly going to open it up.
UConn 2, MC 1 (OT)