Hockey East picks – Nov. 17-21

Another week, another tie for Dave and me. This time our records were half decent, well at least we were above .500.

Jim last week: 6-3-1
Jim to date: 49-29-7
Dave last week: 6-3-1
Dave to date: 47-31-7

Friday, November 17

Boston University at Maine
Jim’s pick: There is a possibility of a Maine upset at home in this series, but I think BU is the better team and showed they can play last Saturday night.
BU 3, Maine 1
Dave’s pick: Both teams are .500 in Hockey East play, and Maine’s last game (before a week off) was a stunning 6-2 road win at Lowell. Even so, I think BU is better than a .500 team and Maine is worse.
BU 4, Maine 2

Vermont at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Another game where I feel like there could be an upset, but I’m not picking it, especially with Northeastern at home.
NU 4, UVM 2
Dave’s pick: I don’t see an upset here at all. The Huskies may have lost last weekend to Lowell, but before that they swept BU and the River Hawks. They are decisively the better team.
NU 5, UVM 2

Merrimack at Providence
Jim’s pick: The Friars, at home, should be able to take care of business.
PC 5, MC 2
Dave’s pick: Despite some yo-yo-like performances, Providence is the better team, and clearly so at home.
PC 5, MC 2

Connecticut at UMass Lowell
Jim’s pick: This has historically been a tough matchup for the River Hawks. But I like them at home on Friday.
UML 4, UConn 3
Dave’s pick: Just when I thought it was safe to pick against Lowell, the River Hawks beat UNH and Northeastern.
UML 4, UConn 2

Boston College at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: Probably the most difficult game to pick this weekend. I’ll go with the Wildcats to get back on track at home.
UNH 3, BC 2
Dave’s pick: Jim and I disagree on this one. The Eagles will extend their win streak to six, even on the road.
BC 2, UNH 1 (OT)

Saturday, November 18

Providence at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Even away from home, I believe that Providence can complete this weekend sweep.
PC 3, MC 2
Dave’s pick: Agreed, although the Friars’ lack of consistency could prove us both wrong.
PC 3, MC 2

Boston University at Maine
Jim’s pick: The Terriers make it three in a row with a sweep at Maine.
BU 4, Maine 3
Dave’s pick: Maine loses at its home-away-from-home in Portland in near identical fashion to the way it did in Orono the night before.
BU 4, Maine 2

Boston College at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Northeastern picks up its second home win of the season to get the train rolling again.
NU 4, BC 2
Dave’s pick: This was a really, really tough choice. Northeastern’s offense vs. BC’s defense. Change the venues, and I change my pick.
NU 3, BC 2 (OT)

UMass Lowell at Connecticut
Jim’s pick: I really should pick UConn here as they have been the better of these two teams at the XL Center. But I think I need to go with stats and pick the River Hawks.
UML 2, UConn 1
Dave’s pick: At least for the moment, I’m back on the River Hawks bandwagon, although a pothole could certainly send me flying to the curb.
UML 3, UConn 2

Tuesday, November 21

Connecticut at Vermont
Jim’s pick: Going with the Catamounts because of home ice.
UVM 3, UConn 2
Dave’s pick: By the time these two teams face off, I’m projecting it’ll be (in recent games) 1-9-1 UConn against 1-6-1 Vermont. That has “home ice winner” written all over it.
UVM 3, UConn 2


    • Don’t be upset. I would imagine that even if they went back in time, and they did this column back in 1992-93, they would nearly always pick against Maine.

  1. Maine has never been their favorite but I think they’re just being honest. Maine is not a very good team and certainly not coached well.

    • Maine has struggled during Red’s tenure, but you don’t know what you are talking about when you say that they are not well-coached. Red’s a hell of a good coach, as are his assistants. Hockey East is a tough league to compete in, and it’s hard to get the very best players to come all the way up here to Orono when they can live and play in and/or around Boston. Where would you rather be if you were 19-20 years old and highly touted? That said, Maine has proven to be much more competitive this year. Just ask BU, UML, UConn, and Miami (all have lost to Maine this year). They need to get much better at playing defense, and stay out of the penalty box. If they can do both of these things, they will continue to “upset” the HE elite.

      • I won’t get into Red being a good coach or not, but he has a long ways to go in figuring out how to use his goalies and maybe not be so in love with McGovern, since he has not put up numbers worthy of that in his career at Maine. Romeo had a decent Freshman year (not great), then McGovern comes in and he doesn’t play. It seems he’s fitting in pretty well on an average OSU team. Swayman plays well in a win on Friday and is on the bench Saturday? Makes no sense, sometimes stick with the hot hand, but he seems to like to play games with them.

  2. Jim and I hate Maine? Seriously? The last three years, Maine has finished 10th or 11th while BU finished first two out of those three years. This year, the league coaches picked BU to again finish first while Maine was picked to tie for last. But Jim and I picking Maine to lose is because we hate the team? Come on!

    Not that it matters, but I was born in Augusta and remained a “Maine-iac” until I was 12. Some of my favorite teenage summers were spent on Long Lake. And those who’ve read my work for a long time will recall how much praise I heaped on Maine teams during the good years.

    • The Coaches Poll is pretty much meaningless. In college hockey what happened two or three years ago is meaningless. That is one reason why Hockey East and college hockey in general is so much fun to watch. On any given night any team can win despite the polls, despite the standings. Last night’s final of Maine 5 BU 2 is a perfect example. Your analysis/picks should go beyond preseason coaches polls and what happened in prior seasons.


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