Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This week in Hockey East

Alright well I haven't posted since Monday, and because we have been slacking on putting up our picks each week, I am going to take matters into my own hands this week. I am just going post my own picks and opinions on the games this week along with some other good college hockey articles I've run across this week.

First, there is a single hockey east game tonight with UNH traveling to PC. PC looks to continue their solid play in the second half but have gotten off to a rocky start tying UMass at home and losing the Mayor's Cup(read very very poor man's Beanpot with the two Providence schools) to Brown. They look to get back on track tonight against an UNH team that just can't seem to have anything go right for them. Tonight I'll take PC at home 5-3. I think PC has a decent second half but they still have 2 with BU and BC each and alot of games against the top of the conference remaining.

For the rest of the weekend some games to watch are obviously BU@NU Friday night on NESN. This should be a close contest as usual at Matthews when the two schools show up. It should be a great game and will be even more interesting to see what stunt the NU idiots pull this year. Last year, they not only counted to 10 while Millan was down with an injury(which a NU student recently told me was his favorite chant of all time) but they threw trash on the ice at the BU players once they lost the game. They are just classy classy individuals. It won't be if they do something stupid this weekend it will only be when and how poorly the school will look because of it. For the rest of the games Friday, I'll take Lowell over UVM and BC over UMass. No way the fairies from Newton lose twice at the Zoo in a season.

NU also plays BC at Fenway on Saturday as BC tries to get redemption for losing to BU at Fenway two years ago. Another interesting series will be Maine traveling to Merrimack for two. Merrimack won at Alfond 2-1 on the first weekend of the season but Merrimack has been shaky as of late and Maine is hot off an OT win at Frozen Fenway. Maine is easily the most inconsistent team in the league so I would expect a split here. I'll go with Maine Friday and Merrimack Saturday.

BU and UNH take on EZAC teams Saturday night as BU takes on Harvard at the Bright Center(home of the rink where I got my only game puck from) and Dartmouth plays UNH in Manchester. This should be a good weekend of both conference play and non conference games that will have a large impact on the Pairwise rankings.

Now here are some links that are worth taking a look at...
1. CHN Managing Editor Adam Wodon takes a look at the battle between college hockey and the major junior hockey leagues up in Canada. He basically exposes the major junior teams for the slimeball, used car salesmen that they are. Yeah, paying players off under the table and convincing them that playing against 16 year olds is good for their development is very moral.
2. CHN writer and BU alum(which automatically makes you awesome) Scott McLaughlin released his HE power rankings where BU comes in 2nd. I'll take 2nd for the time being considering we were 4th last week.
3. CHN writer Joe Meloni gives BU a good write-up for their complete game effort vs Merrimack on Friday night.
4. Lastly, the mid-term pre draft rankings came out with a few future Terriers showing up. 2012 foward Matt Lane showing at 133 overall for North American skaters while 2013 forward Robbie Baillargeon comes in at #43.