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It’s almost unbelieve to think that it’s now October and the Hockey East season is back upon us. Jim will be looking to defend his picks title from a year ago over Dave, while the old man (that’s Dave) is out for blood.

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, October 7

Massachusetts at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Tough choice here but I’ll pick the Huskies winning for their new head coach.
NU 3, UMass 2

Dave’s pick: I’ll get the season off to a good start by disagreeing with Jimmy. It says here the new head coaches get off to a rocky start.
UMass 3, NU 2

Merrimack at Maine
Jim’s pick: Early test for the somewhat new-look Warriors team. While I think they’re evenly matched, I think home ice is the difference maker.
Maine 4, MC 2

Dave’s pick: Sadly, I must agree this time. Home ice decides.
Maine 3, MC 2

Michigan State vs. Boston College (at Ice Breaker, Grand Forks, N.D.)
Jim’s pick: BC comes out of the gates flying.
BC 5, Michigan St. 2

Dave’s pick: Yup. BC in a clear win.
BC 4, Michigan St. 2

Saturday, October 8

New Hampshire at Boston University
Jim’s pick: Great early-season matchup! Let’s see how the UNH offensive looks against what should be a decent BU defense.
UNH 4, BU 3

Dave’s pick: I’m going with home ice here in a battle of goaltenders.
BU 2, UNH 1

Boston College vs. North Dakota/Air Force (Ice Breaker, Grand Forks, N.D.)
Jim’s pick: I see two different outcomes depending on the opponent.
BC 6, AFA 3; or No.Dak. 4, BC 3

Dave’s pick: At a neutral site, I’d pick BC regardless of opponent. But with the game in Grand Forks, North Dakota will be too tough to beat.
BC 4, AFA 1; or No.Dak. 3, BC 2

Sunday, October 9

Northeastern at Maine
Jim’s pick: Black Bears quick starters and earn to wins to start the season.
Maine 5, NU 2

Dave’s pick: I’d go with a big Maine win here even at a neutral site.
Maine 4, NU 1