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)

5 COMMENTS

  1. It is possible for Brown to make the field without winning, but the best I could do was make them 16th, meaning that no autobids could make it. Interestingly in that case, they just barely beat out Union.

    Your Picks

    Atlantic Hockey

    Semifinal #2: Connecticut defeats Mercyhurst

    Semifinal #1: Niagara defeats Canisius

    Championship game: Niagara defeats Connecticut

    CCHA

    Semifinal #2: Ohio State defeats Notre Dame

    Semifinal #1: Miami defeats Michigan

    Championship game: Miami defeats Ohio State

    ECAC

    Semifinal #2: Yale defeats Union

    Semifinal #1: Brown defeats Quinnipiac

    Championship game: Brown defeats Yale

    Consolation game: Quinnipiac defeats Union

    Hockey East

    Semifinal #2: Boston College defeats Boston University

    Semifinal #1: Massachusetts-Lowell defeats Providence

    Championship game: Boston College defeats Massachusetts-Lowell

    WCHA

    Play-in #2: North Dakota defeats Colorado College

    Play-in #1: Minnesota State defeats Wisconsin

    Semifinal #2: Minnesota defeats North Dakota

    Semifinal #1: Minnesota State defeats St. Cloud State

    Championship game: Minnesota defeats Minnesota State

    Read more: http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-predictor/#ixzz2Nua6TpxO

  2. “NCAA outlook” looks correct, Brian. RPI’s chances are slim, but still exist. I believe Brown’s ONLY route is to win the ECAC Tourney.

  3. Yale is technically not a lock as per the Pairwise predictor tool, but it would take all 5 leagues using an AQ not in the top 16 to do it

    • I don’t believe that’s correct. I ran a scenario where one needed only one AQ to knock Yale out. But for that to happen Yale must lose both to Union and Brown… losing to QPac won’t do it without at least 3 AQ’s, and if Brown beats Yale in the consolation game, the ECAC won’t be one of them.

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