Hockey East picks – Nov. 10-11

Jim and I only differed on two games last week, and he was right both times. In fact, the only games he got wrong was Maine’s road upset at Lowell and Massachusetts upset of Providence.

Could he actually be smarter than me?

Dave last week: 7-4-0  
Jim last week: 9-2-0
Dave’s record-to-date: 41-28-6
Jim’s record-to-date: 43-26-6

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Nov. 10

Boston University at Northeastern 
Dave’s pick: The Huskies are quite simply playing better hockey right now. After beating BU in its own barn last weekend, 4-1, they should do more of the same back home.
NU 5, BU 3
Jim’s pick: I feel like BU will be ready for revenge in this one, but still don’t think I can go against NU at home.
NU 3, BU 2

UMass-Lowell at New Hampshire
Dave’s pick: If Lowell wins this one, it’ll be a sign that both teams are moving back to their expected preseason positions. Lowell, however, hasn’t been inspiring much confidence while UNH most definitely has.
UNH 4, UML 2
Jim’s pick: Lowell is better than its record indicates, but I agree with Dave, I’m not sure I can pick them in this one on the road.
UNH 3, UML 2

Boston College at Vermont
Dave’s pick: As noted in this week’s column, the Eagles appear to have turned things around. This looks like a road sweep to me, a difficult one, but still a sweep.
BC 2, UVM 1
Jim’s pick: I agree that BC is playing better, but so, too, is Vermont. I’m going with the hosts on night one.
UVM 4, BC 2

Bentley at Merrimack
Dave’s pick: I think the Warriors are much better than their 1-6-2 record, and Bentley’s 1-4-3 mark isn’t much better than Merrimack’s.
MC 4, Bentley 2
Jim’s pick: I agree with Dave here. I’m not overly inspired by the Falcons thus far.
MC 5, Bentley 2

Ohio State at UConn 
Dave’s pick: In past years, I reflexively leaned toward Hockey East teams in nonconference play, but it’s hard to continue that practice. The results are the results, and they haven’t been pretty. UConn’s skid extends to 1-7-1 in its last nine.
OSU 4, UConn 2
Jim’s pick: This is a tough opponent for UConn, even at home. And while the Huskies have the horses, they just aren’t playing well enough for me to pick them right now.
OSU 4, UConn 2

Saturday, Nov. 11

New Hampshire at Boston University 
Dave’s pick: BU has to turn it around at some point, doesn’t it? I’m going with the Terriers, but not with a great deal of confidence.
BU 3, UNH 2
Jim’s pick: The fact this game is at Agganis is the reason I feel okay picking the Terriers.
BU 5, UNH 3

Massachusetts at Providence
Dave’s pick: As I write this, these two teams haven’t faced off yet in their Thursday night tilt, but I expect this game to be the back end of a Providence sweep.
PC 4, UMass 1
Jim’s pick: And while Providence lost on the road on Thursday, there’s no way they’re falling at home.
PC 5, UMass 2

Northeastern at UMass-Lowell
Dave’s pick: Can Lowell’s passionate home crowd get the River Hawks back on track? I don’t think so, not against the high-flying Huskies.
NU 5, UML 3
Jim’s pick: This is the one upset I see. Lowell was very close to beating Northeastern a few weeks back and it should be a raucous crowd at Tsongas for their blue-out game.
UML 4, NU 3

Boston College at Vermont
Dave’s pick: A win here to finish off a sweep gives the Eagles their first winning record of the season.
BC 3, UVM 2
Jim’s pick: I’ll pick a split here making it a pleasant ride back down I-89 for the Eagles.
BC 4, UVM 2

Ohio State at UConn 
Dave’s pick: I’d like to think the Huskies can salvage a split, but I’m afraid a loss here instead gives Hockey East a very ugly 0-8-0 record against the Big Ten.
OSU 4, UConn 3
Jim’s pick: In my mind, I’m hoping this won’t be a sweep for the B1G, but realistically I think it might happen.
OSU 3, UConn 2

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t believe the fans will be a factor on Saturday. At the game against Maine last Friday, the place was half empty. Students don’t want to go watch a team that looks similar to the 2010-11 River Hawks that finished with an abysmal record of 5 wins.

    • Well, the good news is, they did play 60 mins, well maybe 50 mins. Bad news is, they still lost. Not having Sikura in the lineup was big.

      • NU watched Lowell beat them to loose pucks for most of the game, including, but not limited to the third period. Lowell simply wanted it more last night. Lowell deserved to win. I’m not so sure Lowell needed to run into the opposing goalie to help secure the win, but it happens sometimes.
        Sikura or no Sikura, NU let this one get away in the third period. Give Lowell credit for not quitting.

        • Yeah, compete level was pretty good with the exception of the 2nd period. UML definitely got after loose pucks and won most of the 1 on 1s.

          Not quite sure what happened with the head contact penalty, as Sodergren isn’t that kind of kid and I didn’t have a very good view. He’s my neighbor and I’ve watched him play almost his whole life and I’ve never seen him do anything like that. As far as Master’s charge, not sure what happened there either, though it did look like he could have avoided the kid. I also think in both instances, the goalie made sure the officials knew he was hit. Not saying he wasn’t shaken a bit, but for someone to be motionless on the ice one min, then making 10 bell saves the next is a bit dubious, IMO.

          • Master’s charge was no accident. The overhead replay showed he blindsided NU’s goalie, (Primeau), while Primeau was in the crease, and without slowing down or even trying to avoid him. Lowell is too good a team and too well coached to risk a major penalty for doing that. If this was the NHL, and Primeau was injured on that play, it would have likely resulted in a supplemental discipline hearing and likely one game suspension. I’m not blaming the officiating, but the replay was clear.

            That being said, Lowell was much heavier on pucks for most of the game, won most of the 1- on – 1 battles. Lowell deserved to win last night.

          • I don’t think he blindsided him at all. I think he saw it coming all along, but as you point out, Master did nothing to avoid him.The play came from the goalie’s left, directly at him from the top of the left faceoff circle. Master beat the NU D-man and crashed the net. IMO, he wasn’t bumped and he didn’t lose his footing, and likely could have avoided him. But I only saw it live, at game speed. No benefit of a replay as the Tsongas typically doesn’t show any controversial replays (or they did and I was watching what was going on, on the ice). Not enough info for me to really offer any other comments about it.

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