NCHC picks: Feb. 13

Last week, thanks to Miami, I put even more distance between Matthew and I, as I was perfect, going 4-0 while Matthew went 3-1. On the year, I am 98-38-9 while Matthew is 90-46-9. Let’s see if I can do even better this week.

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14

No. 7 Miami at Colorado College
Candace: I’m sure one of these will be close, but I think the RedHawks will avoid a letdown and keep pace with those above them in the standings. Miami 3-2, 4-1
Matthew: I’m starting to feel a bit bad for CC at this point. We keep saying the Tigers are better than their record — and they are — but I think their record will be a little worse come late Saturday night than it is now. Miami 3-2, 4-2

St. Cloud State at No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Duluth swept this series back in November in St. Cloud, with one game going to OT. The Huskies looked good their last time out against Colorado College, but they generally haven’t done as well on the road. I’m picking a Bulldogs sweep, simply because the split seems to hard to pick a night for each win. Minnesota-Duluth 3-2, 3-1
Matthew: A team that’s won three of its last four visits a team that’s won its last three in a row. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a split here. Minnesota-Duluth 3-1, St. Cloud State 2-1

No. 9 Denver at No. 2 North Dakota
Candace: These two split back in December in a barn-burner of a series. I think they split again. Denver 2-1, North Dakota 3-2
Matthew: DU has been subpar away from home this season and UND is 11-3-2 in Grand Forks since the campaign began. This will probably be a split but I’m going to stick my neck out slightly and call for a sweep. North Dakota 3-1, 3-2

Western Michigan at No. 4 Omaha
Candace: Every time I think Western Michigan is getting ready to roll, the Broncos stumble. I’m sure both games will be close, but I’m picking an Omaha sweep. Are you happy @RedArmyUNO? Omaha 3-2, 4-2
Matthew: UNO has had too much going for it lately for me to think they’ll slip up in this series at home. If it was in Kalamazoo, I might call it a little differently but not here. Omaha 4-2, 3-1

57 COMMENTS

  1. No Drew, this week-end is ‘must win’ for MSU. If they don’t, it is a 1-5 start to the season. With the only win against a weak U-Mass team. After this week-end they travel to New Hampshire and then host Boston College for a game. At OSU. At Princeton. Host the Gophers and Clarkson. Could be 5-12 going into the Christmas break. Another nail in the Anastos coffin.

      • Local writer for the Lansing State Journal thinks Tommy boy needs at least eight years to get the program on track. Like Brady Hoke at um, he has had diminishing returns each season. I know it’s early days, but………..

  2. Penn State is really well balanced on offense, very good defensively and terrific in net. They play in a great building and have an excellent coach. Anyone who takes Penn State lightly, does so at their own peril.

    • I wouldn’t get too excited about PSU yet. Three wins and a tie at home against two cupcakes and a tie and a loss on the road in Alaska isn’t that impressive. Now you have that juggernaut Bentley coming in to Pegula.

      With Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State not looking good, Penn State has a chance to finish in the middle of the pack in the B1G. I’m sure Michigan is looking for redemption after losing to PSU three times last year.

    • I am impressed by the play of PSU, not by the level of the competition. Can’t get excited by beating up on Connecticut and Holy Cross at home and stumbling on the road. We will learn more in the second half of the season and when B1G conference play statrts. Until then enthusiasm should be tempered.

    • I agree with you as to the building and coach. Gadowsky knows what he’s doing. They look better than last year, but they have played a creampuff schedule..

  3. I learned a few other things; Bemidji State has a good team this year and unlike last year when they started hot and faded, I think that they will finish in the upper portion of the WCHA. I learned the Gophers power play is hot, but they better not take the second period off again like they did in Saturdays game. The PP saved them Saturday night. I also learned that Michigan and Michigan State are much like last year, with Michigan being inconsistent and Michigan State being all goaltending and little scoring, but there is still time for both of them to turn things around.

  4. I agree that Michigan has to start putting more consistent b2b efforts together, but this weekend @MTU will hardly define their nc schedule with AIC, RPI, BC and MTU with MSU/FSU still to play at the GLI. Wolverines are 2-3 against arguably one of the toughest early season schedules in the country and have 8 more nc games left before conference play takes over in January.

  5. Good heavens. Are Michigan and Wisconsin really that bad? I thought they’d have half-way decent squads. Minnesota will have to go 18-2 in the Big Ten to get a decent RPI. Explain to me again why this Big Ten hockey thing is a good idea.

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