Welcome back to another season of great hockey.

Other than Boston College, which snuck in a Thursday night game , everyone is 0-0-0.  Even Jimmy. For at least this week, he’s dead even with me. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Dave’s record-to-date: 0-0-0
Jim’s record-to-date: 0-0-0

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, Oct. 11

Massachusetts at Boston University
Dave’s pick: For at least one game, David Quinn tops Jack Parker’s career winning percentage.
BU 4, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: I always feel like UMass is one of those teams that can surprise early on. But I can’t pick against BU at home in this one.
BU 3, UMass 2

Clarkson vs. New Hampshire (Icebreaker)
Dave’s pick: UNH gets off on the right foot to set up a likely title game with host Minnesota.
UNH 4, Clarkson 2
Jim’s pick: Clarkson is a team that Hockey East fans will become familiar with as the Golden Knights will play seven non-league games against Hockey East teams.
UNH 5, Clarkson 2

Alabama Huntsville at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: I expect a tough season for the Huskies, but not so tough that at home they can’t easily handle a team that went 3-21-1 last year.
NU 5, UAH 1
Jim’s pick: I agree NU will win, but I don’t think it will be such a blow away.
NU 3, UAH 1

Minnesota State at Providence
Dave’s pick: Can the Friars take the next step up this season? This will be a tough, early test, fortunately one taken at home.
PC 3, MSU 2
Jim’s pick: Minnesota State was a major part of the undoing for the Friars bid for the NCAA tournament a season ago.
PC 4, MSU 2

Maine at St. Lawrence
Dave’s pick: I’d feel better about Maine’s chances in this one if it were at the Alfond.
SLU 3, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: I can flip a coin here as not sure what to expect from either of these teams.
SLU 4, Maine 2

Sacred Heart at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: This one should be like taking candy from babies. A Frozen Four team last year vs. one that went 2-30-4. If the River Hawks lose this one, Lowell should fire Norm Bazin.  (Folks, that’s a joke. Okay, okay. My humor isn’t yet in mid-season form.)
UML 6, SH 1
Jim’s pick: Sacred Heart did struggle a year ago but were a strong team the last month of the season. Even if that carries over, I think Lowell should win this one.
UML 4, SH 2

Western Michigan at Notre Dame
Dave’s pick: The two old CCHA rivals meet again with home ice proving decisive.
ND 3, WMU 2
Jim’s pick: Should be a good contest between these two teams that have been strong in the CCHA in recent years.
ND 2, WMU 1

Vermont at North Dakota
Dave’s pick: Much as I like to pick against the Sioux and rile up the easily-riled-up lunatic fringe component of their fan base (most of whom are great fans), I prefer to win the picks race.
UND 4, UVM 1
Jim’s pick: Vermont has a lot of prove this year but I don’t know that Grand Forks is the best place to prove it.
UND 4, UVM 2

Merrimack at Denver
Dave’s pick: I’m optimistic about the Warriors’ chances and they should get off to a strong start with all their returning players. But taking on Denver in Denver is a daunting task.
DU 3, MC 2
Jim’s pick: I feel like Merrimack can win one of these games. The questions is which one. I’ll go against Dave here and pick the Warriors in the series opener.
MC 4, DU 3

Saturday, Oct. 12

Mercyhurst/Minnesota vs New Hampshire (Icebreaker)
Dave’s pick: I like the Wildcats over Mercyhurst, but not over last year’s WCHA regular season champion on its own ice.
UNH 3, MU 2; UM 4, UNH 2
Jim’s pick: Agree with Dave. If Minnesota makes the final, they win.
UNH 5, MU 2; UM 3, UNH 1

Holy Cross at Boston University
Dave’s pick: The biggest tests for David Quinn and the Terriers lie further ahead.
BU 4, HC 2
Jim’s pick: Holy Cross always plays well in non-league games and will be a decent test for BU. I still think the Terriers prevail.
BU 3, HC 2

Alabama Huntsville at Northeastern
Dave’s pick: The Huskies polish off an easy sweep.
NU 5, UAH  2
Jim’s pick: Again, don’t think it will be easy but do believe this weekend will be a sweep.
NU 4, UAH 3

Minnesota State at Providence
Dave’s pick: The Friars might use home ice to pull off the sweep, but historically Minnesota State plays well on the road.  I’m going with a split, and praying I don’t pick it the wrong way.
MSU 2, PC 1
Jim’s pick: Unlike Dave, I think Providence will be focused and earn the sweep.
PC 4, MSU 2

Maine at St. Lawrence
Dave’s pick: Here’s a two-game series that would be a split on neutral ice, but I’m going with the Saints sweeping at home. A rocky start for new Maine coach Red Gendron.
SLU 3, Maine 2
Jim’s pick: I want to pick a split here but worry that the Saints are too good at home.
SLU 3, Maine 2

Massachusetts at Massachusetts-Lowell
Dave’s pick: A tough opening weekend for the Minutemen.
UML 4, UMass 2
Jim’s pick: Lowell takes the first game of the Alumni Cup series this year.
UML 5, UMass 2

Notre Dame at Western Michigan
Dave’s pick: The Broncos salvage a split back at home.
WMU 3, ND 2
Jim’s pick: I think this is actually a series Notre Dame will sweep.
ND 4, WMU 2

Vermont at North Dakota
Dave’s pick: The Catamounts will return home licking their wounds.
ND 4, UVM 1
Jim’s pick: This will be another close game but I like NoDak to sweep.
ND 3, UVM 2

Merrimack at Denver
Dave’s pick: I’d like to predict that the Warriors will eek out at least a point, but Denver’s too tough at home .
DU 4, MC 3
Jim’s pick: Denver bounces back to earn a split.
DU 3, MC 2

Sunday, Oct. 13

Rensselaer at Boston College
Dave’s pick: The Eagles may have lost to Michigan on Thursday, but they’re not going to open 0-2.
BC 4, RPI 2
Jim’s pick: RPI is a good team but this is an important game that the Eagles won’t take lightly.
BC 5, RPI 2

  • MJ

    Why not an independent panel assign a “value” to the impact of each game. For example a game between North Dakota and BC might have a value of .5 and a game between say two Atlantic conference teams might have a value of .25. So the teams playing in weaker leagues would accumulate less points.

    In addition the specific value of each game could even be calculated by, for example, NCAA appearances in the last 10 years etc.. etc.. of the teams playing.

  • Arcticman

    What do you expect from a pig but a grunt? USCHO doesn’t support KRACH because one cannot find the letters USCHO in KRACH. Self/selective marketing at its best. Bunch of NCAA doormats running the joint.