Hockey East picks: Oct. 28-30

Jim is still stuck at .500 while I’m only two games better. We’re both hoping our numbers take off in the upcoming weeks.

Dave last week: 11-7-6
Jim last week: 9-9-6
Dave’s record-to-date: 27-23-9
Jim’s record-to-date: 25-25-9

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Oct. 28

Providence at Boston College 
Dave’s pick: Other than its Icebreaker game against Denver, this should be BC’s biggest test to date.
BC 3, PC 2
Jim’s pick: Even though the Eagles struggled at Merrimack on Tuesday, home cooking will serve them fine.
BC 4, PC 2

New Hampshire at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: At a neutral site, I might go with the Wildcats but even that would be iffy given their early-season struggles, especially on special teams. UMass has looked like the better team.
UMass 4, UNH 3 (OT)
Jim’s pick: This probably seems crazy, but I’ve liked a lot about UMass’ play while UNH has been spectacularly unspectacular thus far. I’m going with the Minutemen.
UMass 3, UNH 2

Connecticut at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: The Irish have only a win and a tie in their last four games, but those were against Minnesota-Duluth and Penn State. I’m still a believer.
UND 4, UConn 2
Jim’s pick: I like so much about this UConn team, but really like a ton about Notre Dame, especially in South Bend.
UND 4, UConn 2

Maine at Colgate
Dave’s pick: That 5-0 loss on Saturday took the bloom off Maine’s rose, but the Black Bears have still played better than a Colgate team fresh off a road sweep at the hands of Merrimack.
Maine 4, CU 3
Jim’s pick: I don’t think in late September I would’ve believed I would be picking Maine here, but I love the start the Black Bears have had.
Maine 5, CU 3

Michigan at Vermont 
Dave’s pick: Another strong weekend from the Catamounts and I’ll start picking them to win contests like this one. But not yet.
UM 4, UVM 3
Jim’s pick: Vermont’s performance against Omaha last week impressed me, but I still think Michigan is the better team.
UM 3, UVM 2

Cornell at Merrimack 
Dave’s pick: This was my toughest pick of the week. Cornell might be the stronger team, but how well will it fare coming out of the chute at a tough barn like Merrimacks?
MC 3, CU 2
Jim’s pick: The fact that this is Cornell’s first game is the only reason I would pick against them. But I’m still not totally sold on the Warriors.
CU 3, MC 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at Omaha
Dave’s pick: The River Hawks have struggled to hold into leads thus far, but I still think they’re one of the nation’s top teams.
UML 3, UNO 2
Jim’s pick: This is another great NCHC test for the River Hawks. And though I love Omaha and Austin Ortega, I think the River Hawks can win on the road.
UML 4, UNO 3

Saturday, Oct. 29

Boston College at Massachusetts 
Dave’s pick: The Eagles aren’t as strong right now as I expect them to be in the spring, but they’re still strong enough for a road win here.
BC 4, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: I don’t think this will be an easy matchup for BC, but think they can win.
BC 3, UMass 2

Merrimack at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: Switch this game to North Andover and I’d pick a different result, but I’m going with the Wildcats.
UNH 4, MC 3
Jim’s pick: Tough game to pick for me, so I’ll let home ice dictate.
UNH 5, MC 4 (OT)

Maine at Colgate
Dave’s pick: The Black Bears may not be quite as good as they looked against Quinnipiac two weeks ago, but they’re a lot better than I thought. Sah-weep!
Maine 3, Colgate 2
Jim’s pick: Believe it or not, I’m going with the sweep here for the Black Bears.
Maine 4, CU 3 (OT)

Massachusetts-Lowell at Omaha
Dave’s pick: I kinda said it all above, I’m a believer in Lowell until proven otherwise.
UML 3, UNO 2
Jim’s pick: I know it is crazy to pick a sweep against a good NCHC team, but I like the way Lowell is playing and think they can handle the challenge.
UML 5, UNO 3

Sunday, Oct. 30

Vermont at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: This isn’t a pick against Vermont; it’s a pick for the Huskies.
NU 3, UVM 2
Jim’s pick: It seems mean to pick Vermont to get swept after earning respect with three points at Omaha. But I like the way Northeastern is playing.
NU 3, UVM 1

Providence at Brown 
Dave’s pick: I’m not sure if I’ve ever once picked Brown in this rivalry game. Homer Hendrickson goes for the Friars again.
PC 3, Brown 2
Jim’s pick: This game is usually played later in the season. Not knowing much about Brown at this point, I’ll go with the Friars
PC 4, Brown 2