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The Red Line - WCHA Picks, 12-19
December 18, 2008 - Brandon Veale
Just four hockey games to pick for the weekend, so I figured I’d move things over here.
Last week, I went a rather mediocre 4-3-1. I had a much better 7-2-1 the week before but due to an error on my part, cut that out of the bottom of the column. That makes me 50-30-16 for the season thus far. 50-30-16 certainly looks good on paper, but it’s actually just a shade over 60 percent accuracy, and we strive for better than that at the College Hockey Institute of Prediction Sciences. What if your Christmas presents came only 60 percent wrapped or your tree 60 percent decorated?
This weekend’s Northern Michigan-Michigan Tech home-and-home presents an interesting conundrum. Neither team has looked very good at this point in the season, and though NMU thoroughly dominated the scoreboard in their season-opening Superior Showcase game 5-2, the Huskies had several more shots and chances (30-11 was the final tally).
So, it’s really anyone’s guess as to how this weekend will go. Both teams need some wins desperately, but I see neither one getting everything it wants.
The Prediction: Tech 3-1 Friday, NMU 3-1 Saturday
The other series is a good deal easier of a choice: Sacred Heart at Colorado College. The Pioneers’ other brushes with hockey’s upper crust this year (series at Air Force and Notre Dame) have not gone well, with the four games having a combined 25-2 scoreline. They don’t get much easier than this.
The Prediction: CC sweep 6-1, 6-0
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