At a glance: The top three teams are now within one rating point of each other. Quinnipiac‘s rating went up on the strength of a 7-2 win at St. Lawrence, while the Bobcats’ 4-2 win at Clarkson moved the Golden Knights’ rating down. … Colgate‘s brutal weekend (one goal for, 10 goals against) moved them closer to St. Lawrence at the bottom of the barrel. … Princeton, which can’t win without its’ power play, needed more from the man advantage unit on Friday. The Tiger power play went 2-for-6 and had 10.3 minutes of power play time in a 3-2 loss to St. Lawrence, a loss that looks even worse for Princeton when you consider their +32CF in that game AND that St. Lawrence scored the game winner on their only power play of the game.
|ECAC||Indexed Rating||Last Week||Change|
|Overall||Indexed Rating||Last Week||Change|
As always, ratings are indexed to 100, so the closer to 100 your team’s rating is, the closer to average they are.
Last week’s picks:
Three for five on Friday (thanks for nothing, Princeton and Clarkson!), though if you bet SLU at +310, you had a good Friday night. Three for five on Saturday, and if RPI had mustered one more goal… oh well. Harvard lost Tuesday, I thought they’d beat BC.
This week’s picks:
Friday, Feb. 8 (betting lines from 5dimes.eu)
|St. Lawrence (+220)||at||Colgate (-300)||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Clarkson (-110)||at||Cornell (-130)||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Rensselaer (+150)||at||Dartmouth (-190)||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Union (+220)||at||Harvard (-300)||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Brown (+100)||at||Princeton (-140)||EC,IV||7:00 pm ET|
|Yale (+340)||at||Quinnipiac (-510)||EC||7:00 pm ET|
I’m picking SLU to beat Colgate because the Raiders’ penalty kill is shockingly bad. According to data I’ve compiled, Colgate’s penalty kill is more than two standard deviations below average for the ECAC, pulling in a stellar (sarcasm) 42.81 rating (indexed to 100), while SLU’s power play has improved, pulling a 93.85 rating. Whether SLU wins or not will depend whether the Saints can play a disciplined game – they’ve given opponents over 10 minutes of power play time in four of their last six games, a span in which they’ve won… one game. Only in a 3-1 loss to Brown on Jan. 18 did SLU have more power play time than their opponents in that span. … Interesting is that Brown at Princeton is nearly a “pick ’em” game, and RPI at Dartmouth is not far off from that either. Yale, which has the best penalty kill in the league (137.88) can beat Quinnipiac.
Saturday, Feb. 9
|Clarkson||at||Colgate||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|St. Lawrence||at||Cornell||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Union||at||Dartmouth||EC||7:00 pm ET|
|Yale||at||Princeton||EC,IV||7:00 pm ET|
|Brown||at||Quinnipiac||EC||7:00 pm ET|
Parlay this slate – or don’t, the last time I said to do that, it didn’t work out so well.
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