Northeastern catches a break this weekend as they take on a lesser ECAC team in St. Lawrence. The brilliantly named Saints are way down the Pairwise rankings at tenth, a full nine spots down from last week’s opponent.
Northeastern will once again be going up against one of the best goalies in the country. Kyle Hayton’s .938 save percentage is sixth in the country. St. Lawrence also has one of the best offenses in the country, scoring 3.12 goals per game. That pairs with their ninth ranked scoring defense. The Saints also haven’t played since the second week of last month. All this points to a rough weekend for the Huskies.
But, St. Lawrence’s record this season features losses to Merrimack, Miami, and Vermont. They couldn’t even score against Northeastern’s last opponent, Quinnipiac (reminder in case you forgot: the Huskies scored three times against the Bobcats). The Saints also hopefully won’t be able to take advantage of Northeastern’s horrible penalty kill. Their powerplay is tied for second-worst in the entire country, ahead of only Niagra. Plus, St. Lawrence’s offense may actually play into a strength of Northeastern. Hear me out! Northeastern is actually one of the better shot suppression teams in the country. The Saints are in the bottom ten in the country in total shot attempts. Ruck has played better the last few games; if the Huskies are able to limit chances they could keep St. Lawrence off the scoreboard.
On a related side note, we should also not forget what happened the last time Northeastern played St. Lawrence. The Huskies came back to a three goal deficit to tie the Saints in the first game. They then sent St. Lawrence home with a defeat the next night. That should count for something.
I feel pretty good about the Huskies this weekend. They’ve been playing well lately, and St. Lawrence should be a breeze compared to Quinnipiac last week. Northeastern by triple digits in both games. Book it.