This weekend is the start of the college hockey playoffs. Take a look at the lineup that is available on USCHO.com:
If you want the times and everything, Chris Peters has you set:
I haven’t been paying as much attention to cawledge hawkey as I would have liked this year. Yet even without watching regularly I know that there’s a lot of scoring this season.
North Dakota has two first round draft picks, Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz, both in their top line and a senior, Drake Caggiula, that has been running away from the scoreboard. Then there’s Michigan with their line of Kyle Connor (leading the league in scoring), Tyler Motte and J.T. Compher who all are top ten finalists for the Hobey Baker.
So if you’re looking for some goals to be scored look no further than on the road to the Frozen Four.
The tournament also has a plethora of elite goaltenders. Everyone has heard of Boston College’s Thatcher Demko, but with him are a collection of SIX tenders that have a .930+ save percentage.
I’d like to point out that one of those goalies is Nick Ellis of Providence College. Represent R.I.
So there’s great goal scorers, but also great goal stoppers. I don’t think that will make a difference on the score board. The tenders might be great but they can only do so much against offenses that can undress the blue liners.
These goaltenders should still expect a nice tan from the red light flashing over and over. For example, North Dakota and Northeastern will be a bloodbath. North Dakota is stacked and Northeastern is coming off of a Hockey East win and a 13-game winning streak.
Be ready for some fun.
Here's what my picks look like:
UPDATE: GO BU - Pete