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WildShawn
02-26-2011, 11:18 PM
The schedule makers got it right, once again, as UNH, with a one point lead, and BC battle for the top seed in the hockey east playoffs.

While the regular season championship is the goal heading into the weekend, as a UNH fan, as long as UNH builds on the momentum from tonight and puts together two good games and grabs at least the 2nd seed, I wouldn't be that upset but I'd love that top seed.

The UNH/BC series is always my favorite to watch of the season, as there's no team I respect more than BC, and the style they play. We're in for a couple of good action packed games next weekend, I reckon.

BCeagle
02-26-2011, 11:39 PM
Ditto. I see a split and BC gets 2nd seed. If they somehow get 3 points then great a #1 seed. The prize is the HE Tournament and getting ready for the National Tournament.

Carmine Scarpaglia
02-26-2011, 11:57 PM
This should be a good set of games. This is setting up just like last year once again.

BC/HE
02-26-2011, 11:59 PM
A sweep by either team could send the loser tumbling 2 spots. BC could fall as far as #4 if BU and/or Merrimack sweep. BU could pass them and Merrimack holds the tiebreaker. UNH could drop to 3rd if BU sweeps as they hold the tiebreaker over UNH.

J.D.
02-27-2011, 02:58 AM
Almost the exact same thing as last year except this time, three points would do it for BC ;)

gounhwildcats
02-27-2011, 03:11 AM
Umile shuffled the top three lines up a bit tonight, and whatever message it was meant to convey really worked. The Cats came out and played with a level of intensity from the opening faceoff that we haven't seen since the Maine series a few weeks ago. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the new line combos or goes back to the same old. Kevin McCarey played well filling in for Greg Burke who is out for the year with a shoulder injury. Paul Thompson popped a couple tonight which was nice as he was about to appear on one of SteveF's milk cartons pretty soon. Although winning the RS title is always a nice feather in the cap, getting one of the top 2 seeds really needs to be the focus next weekend. Win on Friday and it's all academic.

sterlippo1
02-27-2011, 07:28 AM
really looking forward to it. i'll be at both games, making my first ever trip to Lake Whitt. BC's record in that building is horrendous , i'm guessing 5-19 or something like that. it's no accident that the best and most entertaining games all year during the regular season , from a pure hockey stand point ,are the 3 BC-UNH games, IMO.

FiveHole12
02-27-2011, 07:46 AM
Looking forward to this series. I thought BC was the better team last time out as they controlled play for large stretches of that game. Ran into a goaltender on his head. Knew that was gonna be a long night in the 1st period when J. Hayes had a wide open net on a wraparound and the puck slid off his stick and across the crease. :eek:

BC/UNH are always great games to watch. Fast, up and down the ice play with plenty of SOG. I will boldly predict that BC takes two... UNH (or any other team for that matter), has no answer for the J.Hayes line, and those guys are just getting started. :p

Go Eagles!

pgv
02-27-2011, 08:07 AM
Did anybody hear that pablum Craig Janney was spouting on NESN last night that BC might not play for the RS title next weekend, but rather "for the pairings?" Anybody make sense of that?

Onion Man
02-27-2011, 08:10 AM
Did anybody hear that pablum Craig Janney was spouting on NESN last night that BC might not play for the RS title next weekend, but rather "for the pairings?" Anybody make sense of that?

Janney's right. Last season, BC could have went for the regular season title by pulling Muse in OT since a tie didnt help, but a loss would have hurt their pairwise, so he just took the tie and conceited the rs trophy. I think Janney questioned York about the move and not going for the rs title, so it seems Janney has his head on straight this time.

WildShawn
02-27-2011, 08:13 AM
Did anybody hear that pablum Craig Janney was spouting on NESN last night that BC might not play for the RS title next weekend, but rather "for the pairings?" Anybody make sense of that?

Does Janney ever make sense?
I guess friday's game is on NESN plus as NESN will have a sox spring training game...

pgv
02-27-2011, 08:22 AM
Janney's right. Last season, BC could have went for the regular season title by pulling Muse in OT since a tie didnt help, but a loss would have hurt their pairwise, so he just took the tie and conceited the rs trophy. I think Janney questioned York about the move and not going for the rs title, so it seems Janney has his head on straight this time.

I don't disagree with your point, but its not like BC just laid down last year, which is what CJ seemed to be hinting. Even after BC lost the three goal lead they played their butts off and **** near won it at the end, even with Muse in the net. If Janney's as on the ball as you say he is, I was wondering if he was alluding to BC success knocking UNH down to a 4 seed, and thus sending the Eagles west.

Onion Man
02-27-2011, 08:25 AM
I don't disagree with your point, but its not like BC just laid down last year, which is what CJ seemed to be hinting. Even after BC lost the three goal lead they played their butts off and **** near won it at the end, even with Muse in the net. If Janney's as on the ball as you say he is, I was wondering if he was alluding to BC success knocking UNH down to a 4 seed, and thus sending the Eagles west.

Yes, a BC sweep could very well drop UNH to a 4 and send BC west.

If BC wins on Friday and locks up a 2, I can see them playing Milner at Durham and taking their chances. York appears to be a very forward thinking coach and his goal (I'm assuming) is ensuring their are the top seed in Manchester and not GB/STL.

zoofer
02-27-2011, 08:36 AM
BC-UNH...for me it means getting to see Joe Mullen, Paul Skidmore, Billy O'Dwyer and other friends back when I enjoyed playing them....lately it seems that BC is just a machine, maybe because I don't know the players other then them just winning year in, year out....probably envious of a program that never seems to have money issues (Boston tax issues?) just keeps on winning...not this weekend though...playoffs will have to take care of itself....

sterlippo1
02-27-2011, 08:40 AM
Janney's right. Last season, BC could have went for the regular season title by pulling Muse in OT since a tie didnt help, but a loss would have hurt their pairwise, so he just took the tie and conceited the rs trophy. I think Janney questioned York about the move and not going for the rs title, so it seems Janney has his head on straight this time.

or , more likely , someone explained to him how the pairwise works. remember both he and the play by play guy were incredulous that York did not pull Muse? i was convinced and still am that neither of them knew what the pairwise was and Janney even called it "power ranking" or something like that............

billb
02-27-2011, 08:41 AM
This'll be a great weekend, with Belichick's theory in force: more games are lost than are won. UNH will have to play, at worst, mistake-free to win.
That said, they'll win Saturday in Durham.

Onion Man
02-27-2011, 08:58 AM
UNH will have to play, at worst, mistake-free to win.
That said, they'll win Saturday in Durham.

...and then UNH will lose to them at the Garden in the semis. Rinse, repeat, UNH hockey.

wildcatdc
02-27-2011, 09:05 AM
...and then UNH will lose to them at the Garden in the semis. Rinse, repeat, UNH hockey.

Ummm.... How is it that we'll play in the semis?

WildShawn
02-27-2011, 09:16 AM
...and then UNH will lose to them at the Garden in the semis. Rinse, repeat, UNH hockey.

so, BC will drop to 4th? I don't see that happening

Onion Man
02-27-2011, 09:32 AM
Ummm.... How is it that we'll play in the semis?

Whatever, you get the gist of it. :)