Well here we go. It’s BC weekend. Northeastern takes on the Eagles in a big home and home this weekend. First game is tonight (Friday) at Matthews, then a televised day game in Chestnut Hill that you can watch at NESN if you so desire.
I, for one, am fired up for these games. The Huskies have been absolutely rolling. Since that terrible, no good, very bad 0-8-1 start they have gone 7-2-1 and have looked really good in that time frame. Over in Chestnut Hill the Eagles have the same exact record in their last ten games and will be getting back all 200 of the players they sent to the WJC (excluding Santini). Luckily, Steve Santini will reportedly sit this weekend out.
Northeastern will have to try to limit the BC offense if they want to succeed this weekend. I know that sounds obvious, but BC has the third highest scoring offense in Hockey East so far this season and the blue line has continued to be a weak spot for the Huskies this season The team actually has the third worst scoring defense in the conference. Likewise, offensively the team will have to capitalize on the chances they do get. Although BC may not be quite that championship level team we’ve seen in the recent past, it has a lot more talent than Northeastern. One of the ways to beat a more talented team is to beat them on special teams, something that Northeastern has done well recently. The Huskies need to keep on taking advantage of their opportunities on the powerplay like they have done recently.
BC has always had trouble playing against Northeastern, especially at Matthews. I’m not sure what it is, but the Huskies always play them well (even if they don’t get the win) with few exceptions. I’d bet that Northeastern is able to get the win at home and make things difficult in Conte Forum. A fun fact to keep in mind is that BC has given up almost half of its goals in the third period, and as we’ve learned Northeastern has shown the ability to battle back in games recently. Even if they’re down, don’t expect the Huskies to go quietly into the night. I expect points for Northeastern this weekend, and wouldn’t be surprised at all if they win a game. There’s nothing I love more than when a Husky team wreaks havoc against a BC team and can’t wait to see it this weekend..