Hockey East picks – March 11-13

Stick a fork in me. I’m done.

With a six-game deficit staring me in the face last week, I had to go for some long shots. And for a while on Friday night, it looked like I might pick up an amazing four games on Jim heading into Saturday. My faux thoroughbreds, however, couldn’t hold their leads and wound up in the glue factory.

Now ten games back, I’m all but mathematically eliminated. Jim only needs to parrot my picks, no matter how foolish, and he won’t be able to lose. It’s what I did last year when he closed to within a game in the final week, so I won’t blame him at all.  

We’ll see, though, if he wants to be called gutless like I was last year.

Onward, then, to my Bizarro picks. 

Jim last week: 8-1-0
Jim to date: 181-64-36
Dave last week: 4-5-0
Dave to date: 171-74-36

(Each three-game playoff series will include three picks from each columnist. Game three is “if necessary” in all series)

No. 9 Vermont at No. 1 Boston College
Dave’s pick: Could BC actually fail to reach the Garden three years in a row?  Inconceivable. Especially since Vermont dispatched the Eagles last year. But even though I’d be picking a BC sweep, Bizarro Dave goes in the other direction.
UVM 2, BC 1 (OT); UVM 1, BC 0 (OT); UVM 2, BC 1 (3 OT)
Jim’s picks: The worst part of this, I actually love this Vermont team. I think they have good defense an goaltending has been solid. But this still is a good BC team. If I lose games, I expect them to be in this series. But please, Dave, don’t act like a fool.
BC 3, UVM  1; BC 4, UVM 2; BC 3, UVM 2

No. 7 Merrimack at No. 2 Providence  
Dave’s pick: I love the way Providence is playing right now. Normally, I’d pick the Friars to extend their winning streak to 10 games, but Bizarro Dave must believe in the Cinderella Warriors.
MC 3, PC 2 (OT); MC 4, PC 3 (OT); MC 2, PC 1
Jim’s picks: Providence was upset a year ago. And Dave will quickly learn that not only am I not a parrot, but I also will crush him come season’s end.
PC 4, MC 2; PC 3, MC 2; PC 4, MC 1

No. 6 Northeastern at No. 3 Notre Dame 
Dave’s picks: Here’s a series I expect to go three games with the winner anyone’s guess. Both teams have played exceptional hockey in the second half. I might naturally lean to Notre Dame and home ice so my conventional pick would be the Irish, the Huskies in game two, and then the Irish.  But I’m guessing that Mr. Connelly will also go with the Irish (and home ice) so I’ve got to go with a Northeastern sweep.
NU 4, Notre Dame 3; NU 3, Notre Dame 2 (OT); NU 4, Notre Dame 3 (OT)
Jim’s picks: I actually am okay with Dave’s picks here. I’m not sure Notre Dame will win, but I am very happy to match the Northeastern sweep. This is a solid matchup for the Huskies, even on the road.
NU 3, Notre Dame 2; NU 4, Notre Dame 2; NU 4, Notre Dame 2

No. 5 Boston University at No. 4 Massachusetts-Lowell 
Dave’s picks: I don’t think there’s a chance in the world that either team sweeps this series. These two clubs are evenly matched all the way down to identical league records. What I expect is that the teams split the first two (I’ll give BU Friday night), and then Lowell’s home ice and depth proves decisive on Sunday.  But that’s too easy for Jim to mimick so my Bizarro pick will be a BU sweep.
BU 3, UML 2 (OT); BU 2, UML 1 (OT); BU 3, UML 2 (2 OT)
Jim’s picks: Going back to the first two series, I’ll pick the entire series with my head. I think Lowell opens with a good win but needs three to advance to the Garden for the fourth straight year.
UML 4, BU 2; BU 2, UML 1; UML 5, BU 3


  1. It seems pretty silly to favor UW’s goalie over MN’s when the Gophers have been the #1 team for the vast majority of the season – and clearly would not be there without Wilcox. He regularly bails out his team’s occasionally shoddy defense.

  2. How about no love for Goumas who is 5th in the country in scoring with 50 pts and can not even be considered because he was never on the ballot to begin with.. Ooo and his teams 21 wins would only be 9 if you took away his points.. thats how many close games they have won, with out his points they would have either lost or tied 12 of those games.

  3. The biggest thing that Wilcox has going for him is not his top 3 SV% or GAA, but the fact that he did it while playing the #1 toughest SOS.

  4. merrimack over providence…really?/!!….uvm over BC??….NU over ND…never before was the saying ” are you on drugs” more accurate!

    • It’s Dave’s hail mary picks as a last ditch effort to catch Jim. I agree, it’s ridiculous. Dave, why don’t you man up and give some real picks, you know…unofficially.

          • The thing is Dave, most of us don’t really care about your competition with Jim. What we want to read is an honest look at the chance that what ever team we follow, will win that particular week. We look at you two as the insiders, the experts. More expert, less Laurel and Hardy.

          • YES!!! that’s a cop out. that’s like a multiple choice test and you say the answer is a or b. well it is a but i’m going to pick b. even if you catch jim it’s trash because you picked both options

  5. Folks, I had to throw some Hail Marys. But for every series, I stated what my pick would have been if I weren’t 10 games behind Jim.

    BC in two: “I’d be picking a BC sweep.”

    PC in two: “Friars to extend their winning streak to 10 games.”

    Notre Dame in three: “pick would be the Irish, the Huskies in game two, and then the Irish.”

    Lowell in three: “the teams split the first two (I’ll give BU Friday night), and then Lowell’s home ice and depth proves decisive on Sunday.”

  6. I suspect some of you are just busting my chops and aren’t really serious about these objections. But I’ll make this one final comment.

    If you look at the picks made, Jim’s serious ones and my Bizarro picks, the best I can do is to get within four games of Jim with three to go. So Jim has won no matter what.

    If by some miracle I actually do close to within four, do I “get credit” for brilliant picks such as Vermont and Merrimack sweeping BC and Providence? Of course not! I’ve stated that that’s exactly the opposite of what I expect to happen. I will have just been forced by a 10-game deficit into ludicrous Bizarro picks that lucked out. I will have fallen out of the proverbial tree and landed on my feet.

    So if you follow the picks competition, then see if the Bizarro picks pay off.

    If you don’t care about the competition, just see my other comment where, using the text from the post, I point out what I really think will happen.


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