Week 5 Preview: BU

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Here’s the bad part about the Homecoming matchup this weekend for the Huskies: BU is pretty good at hockey.  While the Terriers are reigning national runners-up, they haven’t gotten off to the most impressive of starts, dropping games to Union, UConn, and Merrimack (and US Under-18 Team).  They’re only ranked 28th in the hilariously early PairWise Rankings (Princeton’s a 1 seed!).  Don’t believe for a second this is a .500 true talent level team.  The losses come against tough opponents in Union and Merrimack (really), and a Tuesday game at UConn where the normal rules of the universe don’t exist.  The Terriers will also be getting Bruins prospect, captain, and noted good player Matt Grzelcyk back on the blue line.

Northeastern has been playing poorly, as indicated by their 1-5-1 record.  They seem to be running into an issue where they can’t put the puck in their opponents’ net and can’t stop their opponents from putting it in their own.

BUT!

It was on homecoming weekend last year that the Huskies snapped their ten game winless streak.  Plus, much like BU and as I’ve beaten into the ground so far, the performances we’ve seen from Northeastern aren’t really indicative of the true level of talent.  The Huskies are still dominating everyone in possession statistics.  Their shooting percentage (5%) and and save percentage (.862) simply have to regress closer to league average, right?  I believe there’s a good chance this is where the season turns around for Northeastern.  The team could finally put things together on a bigger stage against a tough opponent.  I’ll set the line at Northeastern -1,000 on Friday, Northeastern -2,000 on Saturday.  Let’s do it.

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