Hockey East picks: Dec. 2-6

Boy, it wasn’t long ago that I was looking at a five-game deficit against Dave. But picking up a game here and a game there, suddenly that lead has shrunk to one.

Jim last week: 8-4-1
Dave last week: 6-6-1
Dave to date: 63-45-18
Dave to date: 64-44-18

Friday, December 2

Boston University at Providence
Jim’s pick: Though the Friars have been pretty good at home this season, it’s not enough for me to pick against BU.
BU 4, PC 3
Dave’s pick: I’ve been a bit too optimistic with both of these teams so far, but I’ll stick to my guns that BU is the most talented team.
BU 4, PC 3

Notre Dame at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: If Notre Dame plays like this team is capable, this could be a landslide weekend. But the Irish have had trouble doing so this season.
UND 3, UMass 1
Dave’s pick: That was an encouraging tie UMass had with St. Lawrence over in Belfast, but the Minutemen still have only a single win in their last nine games.
UND 4, UMass 1

Connecticut at UMass Lowell
Jim’s pick: I’m not sure any team has given Lowell the fits in the last couple of years as UConn. That said, I have faith in the River Hawks at home.
UML 5, UConn 3
Dave’s pick: It feels like my fingers are incapable of typing anything other than wins for the River Hawks.
UML 4, UConn 2

Maine at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: As much as I’d like to pick a Maine sweep here, the Black Bears have struggled away from the friendly confines of Alfond.
UNH 4, Maine 3
Dave’s pick: I have to agree. This home-and-home series feels like the “home” words should be capitalized and in bold print. Maine stays winless on the road.
UNH 3, Maine 2

Saturday, December 3

Providence at Boston University
Jim’s pick: Coming back to Agganis shouldn’t change my mind about the outcome of this game.
BU 5, PC 2
Dave’s pick: I made my picks beforehand, but so far it’s looking like the two of us agree on all counts.
BU 4, PC 2

New Hampshire at Maine
Jim’s pick: It’s one of the league’s best rivalries, even if it hasn’t been as competitive of late. But it should get the Alfond rocking and translate to a Maine win.
Maine 4, UNH 2
Dave’s pick: This one has Black Bears written all over it.
Maine 4, UNH 1

UMass Lowell at Connecticut
Jim’s pick: The XL Center has been a difficult building for the River Hawks for the last two seasons. So if I’m going to pick an upset, I’ll pick it here.
UConn 3, UML 1
Dave’s pick: Finally, we disagree! I’ve been picking Lowell with an almost metronomic consistency, and I’m not about to switch now.
UML 3, UConn 2

Notre Dame at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: I don’t have a ton of confidence that Notre Dame can put together two solid efforts. But I also believe UMass isn’t strong enough yet to earn this split.
UND 3, UMass 2
Dave’s pick: A road sweep is a tough task, but I see the Irish as too strong for UMass.
UND 4, UMass 2

Tuesday, December 6

Northeastern at Boston College
Jim’s pick: It was a competitive battle the first game of this split-week home-and-home series, but I still see BC being the better team here.
BC 3, NU 1
Dave’s pick: I’ve been wrong several times recently with my BC faith, but I’ll stick with it one more time.
BC 3, NU 2

6 COMMENTS

  1. Any reason you guys didn’t pick the Boston College vs. North Dakota Game on Saturday? I know you both would pick BC but think it is weird since that game is considered the marquee game of the weekend playing at Madison Square Garden.

  2. Any reason you guys didn’t pick the Boston College vs. North Dakota Game on Saturday? I know you both would pick BC but think it is weird since that game is considered the marquee game of the weekend playing at Madison Square Garden.

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