Like UML, PC has an 8-2-2 NC record. That leaves them currently one point out of a road trip in the first round of HE, but also one place behind BC at 15 in the PWR. Recall that UVM once rode an 8 seed in HE into the NCAAs with a strong NC record and a good playoff run. Also note that PC went 1-1-0 with most of the conference in 2014-15, and went 1-2 in three 2-1 games at home against UNH in the HE tourney, before running the table in the NCAAs for their first title.
They have a 4-6 H/A split left to play to sink or swim their seed in both HE and PWR.
Remember the infamous hole that NU dug themselves to start last year? How did that work out?
One could argue whether the turnaround started at the end of the first semester, in January, or in the Beanpot consolation, but last year's Huskies ran a 13-0-0 (19-1-1, 20-1-2, 21-2-3) string through the HE final to earn their 2nd HE crown (1988) and the NCAA auto-bid.
Well, the Huskies dug themselves another hole this season. They also swept MC last weekend. Has the run begun? If it has, they'll have to do it with fewer games than everyone else besides BC, as they have only 8 HE games left (3-5 H/A split + Beanpot).
MC is 6-6-0 NC, but they're five games under .500 in-conf. They have 10 games left (4-6 H/A split) and a shiny new defenseman to try to turn things around and rise in the standings. They begin that effort, and break in the new D with a Tue-Fri pair against newly anointed poll-leader BU.
ME started well, and is 6-4-2 NC (with one NC loss to UNH), but after the first couple of weekends (first 8 games were NC), the wheels have started wobbling and are at risk of coming completely off. They have managed only 5 points in-conf.
On the bright side, their five pairs remaining (H-A-H-A-H) include four series with the teams around them in the bottom five. No better opportunity to move up than playing a bucketful of "four point" games against the bottom of the conference. Of course, like the bumper sticker that says "You aren't in traffic. You are traffic.", those games wouldn't matter as much if Maine wasn't down at the bottom with them.
The best place to start? A pair at home against the other team at the bottom of the standings with you, UMA.
As has become common in recent years, UMA has a lot of work ahead of them at this point in the season just to get out of the Road crew.
Their first goal should be to start using a second hand when counting Wins on their fingers.
They have seven games left against the rest of the bottom five. They also have a road game at BU and a H/H with UML.
Before any of that, they will need to strap in and take the opportunity for points at Maine, else they'll start looking up at the 11 seed again, sitting on the wrong end of that TB.