Hockey East picks: Feb. 24-25

I made sure I differed from Jim in a large number of games last week and only got one wrong through the weekend, but the five ties left me still three back. Then I lost the Thursday night match, so I’m in real trouble. This week, I’m picking first so I’ll just have to hope Jim makes a few choices different than mine.

Dave last week: 5-2-5
Jim last week: 6-1-5
Dave’s record-to-date: 141-84-32
Jim’s record-to-date: 145-80-32

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Feb. 24

Notre Dame at Boston University 
Dave’s pick: The Terriers have had their ups and downs of late while Notre Dame is riding a six-game unbeaten streak, including taking three-of-four points from a red-shot Providence club last weekend. Pure momentum says go with the Irish, but I’m sticking with BU.
BU 3, UND 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: I will stick with BU, at least on night one. I feel this is a split series all the way, which could make for some very interesting tiebreak scenarios.
BU 3, UND 2

Providence at Massachusetts
Dave’s pick: The Friars did get cooled off at South Bend last weekend, but they’re still a ball of fire compared to the frozen Minutemen.
PC 5, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: Even on the road, I think that Providence, playing as they have of late, can win this one.
PC 4, UMass 1

Connecticut at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: UConn has one win in its last 10 games; UNH has one win in its last 11. Ouch! I’ll go with home ice.
UNH 4, UConn 3
Jim’s pick: Home ice makes sense to me, though I shake my head at where these teams have gone in the second half.
UNH 3, UConn 1

Merrimack at Vermont
Dave’s pick: The Catamounts have been my Achilles’ heel all season long, so I should probably ignore their two ties with BC last weekend. But, of course, I won’t. Give me Vermont.
UVM 3, MC 2
Jim’s pick: Red hot Merrimack might find a way to take points from Burlington. But I really like the way Vermont played on the road last weekend
UVM 4, MC 2

Northeastern at Maine
Dave’s pick: Despite Maine’s trials and tribulations this year, the team is still 9-7-0 at home, while the Huskies have a pronounced home-away split. On the other hand, Northeastern has won four straight.
NU 4, UM 3
Jim’s pick: Here we go again with Northeastern. The Huskies win at the end of the year and being healthy makes them the strong favorite.
NU 5, UM 2

Boston College at UMass Lowell
Dave’s pick: Home ice hasn’t mattered a whole lot for either team this year–they been strong at home and on the road–so this contest could absolutely go either way. I picked BC to win on Thursday night, while Jim went with Lowell. I suspect he’ll go with the River Hawks again, so I’m taking BC as an upset pick.
BC 3, UML 2 (OT)
Jim’s pick: Dave nailed it right here, and gives himself to pick up the game he lost when Lowell won on Thursday.
UML 4, BC 2

Saturday, Feb. 25

Northeastern at Maine 
Dave’s pick:Despite the venue, I’m going for a Northeastern sweep.
NU 4, UM 3
Jim’s pick: Agreed. Yes, Maine is better at home, but Northeastern’s offense is finally clicking.
NU 3, UM 2

Notre Dame at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The Irish could certainly pull off a road sweep and maybe even put itself in position for a share of first place, but I’m going with a BU sweep that might accomplish that very same thing.
BU 4, UND 3
Jim’s pick: Notre Dame will get points from BU this weekend, I believe. Let’s just hope I pick this split correctly.
UND 3, BU 1

Massachusetts at Providence
Dave’s pick: UMass finishes its regular season with a fifteenth straight loss. No, not even a tie.
PC 5, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: Not sure this will be enough to get Providence home ice, but they’ll certainly head to the playoffs with confidence.
PC 5, UMass 2

Merrimack at Vermont
Dave’s pick: Here’s yet another sweep I’m predicting, hoping that Jim goes with at least a couple splits.
UVM 2, MC 1
Jim’s pick: I want to go with the split here, but it’s close enough it’s not worth losing ground taking a chance.
UVM 3, MC 1

New Hampshire at Connecticut 
Dave’s pick: Here’s the one and only split I’m going for, based purely on home ice.
UConn 4, UNH 3
Jim’s pick: I’ll concur with Dave here. UConn will earn a split here winning for the seniors at home.
UConn 4, UNH 2


  1. So Canisius only plays Hurst twice, Niagara twice, and RIT twice?? While RIT is stuck playing Air Force four times every single year?

    How are the ADs letting DeGregorio get away with this crap?

    • You know what’s worse. He’s a HUGE NCHC fan. I think he is a UND grad. God, those people are annoying, with their talk of making major bank working from home.
      Of course, he did pick well last week, so let’s see where this goes.

  2. A week ago Dave talked about how Boston College was completely in “the driver’s seat”for the Regular Season Title but it looks like they fell asleep at the wheel. Not only will BC not be in sole possession of that title, but the door seems to be closing on their hopes of making the NCAA Tournament; unless of course they win the HE Tournament. But let’s be honest, they haven’t done that in years and they’re starting to look really sloppy as of late.

    • BC is done for the NCAAs. Heading to the HEA tournament on an 7 game winless streak and a PWR at 20. This team is out of gas and/or confidence. The bye they, uh ‘earned’ is exactly what they don’t need right now. They actually could gain a bit of confidence by beating up on a cupcake in the first round, instead they’ll get pounded in the second.

    • .
      …as he preps for a few years before applying for the gopher job…

      happy for NMU -and that’s coming from a tech fan- to have turned around… no-sense in having a great rivalry if the other, or either, team sucks! ;)


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