Week 19: College Hockey Rankings, Betting Lines, & Weekend Preview

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The searches for College Hockey Rankings have skyrocketed in the parts of the country that truly care about it. Maybe that’s got something to do with the fact that football is done for the year. Maybe it’s because College Hockey is truly the best and growing faster than most other sports. Who’s to say, really?

We’ve hit the point of the year where there are only a few weeks left in the regular season. The playoff pictures aren’t locked in yet, but we can start bracketology without being ridiculed by the masses of losers who hate fun. The sports new followers are grabbing onto and getting wrapped up in the possible outcomes, and they should! Luckily there are enough of us out there to explain it to them in a way anyone can understand.

Updated Weekly Picks

Imagine going 5-0-0 in your weekend picks. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID LAST WEEK, BOYS AND GIRLS! We’re 9-1-0 in February and WAY ahead this season. You’d be an idiot to think that type of success is sustainable, but we’re going to enjoy it and ride the hot hand while we can.

There are a lot of favorites on the road this weekend. If we’re being honest, I’m taking all of them to win in addition to any other bets below. If you’ve been around gambling or college hockey for any amount of time, you know that’s a stupid thing to do. I simply do not care. Those are the plays I like and I’m sticking to it.

If you think you’re smarter than me, prove it. You can go on BettorEdge and either set your own lines or pick up one that someone else (me) has already thrown out there. I’ll be putting affordable lines out there on each of these if you’re just looking to “dabble” a bit. Just make sure to use β€œ10K” at sign-up.

National College Hockey Rankings Roundup

The College Hockey Rankings have a few very clear tiers if you look at the numbers closely. Boston College through Michigan State have all been playing elite hockey all year. Denver through Quinnipiac can win any given night, but have significant holes that can be exploited. Providence through St Cloud State are all fighting to stay above the cut-line and have respectable resumes, but a few bad losses. Michigan through Northeastern are all fighting to be the last team(s) in before the conference champions are awarded their automatic bids. As it stands today, I think only one of them is seeing the postseason.

Feb 12th College Hockey Rankings Roundup

Note: The National Rankings Roundup weighs each of the ranking sources instead of treating them all as equal. This takes into account the credibility of the source, potential committee influence, what data they utilize, evident bias, and amount of teams ranked. USCHO and USA Hockey still remain the drivers.

Minnesota College Hockey Games

#7/8 Minnesota @ Notre Dame – Fri & Sat, Feb. 16/17

Gophers vs Fighting Irish

Stats:

23.7 β€“ PP% – 17.6
81.1 – PK% – 83.5
49.7 – FO% – 54.6
1.479 – GF/GA – 1.076
.922 – SV% – .923

Vibes: The Big10 has been home to high scoring affairs all year long. What makes that crazy is they’ve got four of the ten finalists for the Mike Richter Award! Two of those tendies are going to be prominent figures in how this series plays out. As graduate students, both Justen Close (Minnesota) and Ryan Bischell (Notre Dame) are looking to cap off their college careers with some impressive hardware. Whoever plays better in this series will have a head start in the final push before the goaltending award is handed out.

Prediction: Gophers sweep.

#5 Denver @ Minnesota, Duluth – Fri & Sat, Feb. 16/17

Pioneers vs Bulldogs

Stats:

24.8 β€“ PP% – 27.3
76.8 – PK% – 83.9
48.9 – FO% – 43.8
1.517 – GF/GA – 0.964
.882 – SV% – .903

Vibes: This will be the first and only matchup between the Bulldogs and Pios this season. With some of the most intense and fun games in conference history, there’s a lot of anticipation going into this series. Sure the Bulldogs are out of the at-large playoff race, but that won’t affect the animosity and effort being put into this game. UMD was eliminated by Denver in 2021, preventing a third straight frozen four appearance for the Bulldogs. Having it happen off of an insane bounce still weighs heavy on the upper-classmen who were on the team when it happened. Knowing that they’ll be on national TV again, the retribution factor is as high as it can be outside of a tournament setting.

Prediction: Denver takes four of six points.

Bowling Green @ St Thomas – Fri & Sat, Feb. 16/17

Falcons vs Tommies

Stats:

17.5 β€“ PP% – 15.9
83.0 – PK% – 77.8
54.0 – FO% – 49.3
0.849 – GF/GA – 1.040
.903 – SV% – .909

Vibes: Bowling Green started the season ice cold, but has started to head up in the new year. Recently, they’ve won five of their last six and have been climbing the CCHA ranks. St Thomas, on the other hand, has lost four of their last six and relinquished the number one spot in the conference. They’ve got two games in hand and are only one point behind Minnesota State, who is off this weekend, so a win of any sort will put them back on top…depending on how Bemidji fares against Ferris state.

Prediction: Bowling Green is surging and the Tommies are still recovering. Split.

Ferris State @ Bemidji State – Thurs & Fri, Feb. 15/16

Bulldogs vs Beavers

Stats:

12.4 β€“ PP% – 15.2
76.2 – PK% – 75.5
49.0 – FO% – 46.3
0.712 – GF/GA – 0.845
.895 – SV% – .878

Vibes: At the time of this writing, Bemidji just beat Ferris State in OT during their Thursday matchup. If the Beavs can find a way to win the second game, it will be their first sweep since the calendar changed and just their third of the season. Should they win in regulation and St Thomas fails to collect more than three points this weekend, the Beavers will be in sole possession of first place in the CCHA with only two weeks left in the regular season! The CCHA running through the Sanford Center depends GREATLY on another win.

Prediction: Beavs collect their sweep.

Other College Hockey Games to Watch

#1 Boston College vs #10/11 Massachusetts – Fri & Sun, Feb. 16/18

Eagles vs Minutemen

Stats:

27.0 – PP% – 21.1
90.5 – PK% – 80.5
49.1 – FO% – 50.9
1.917 – GF/GA – 1.221
.924 – SV% – .910

Vibes: UMass is outplaying any expectations that the general public had coming into this season. They don’t have a Mike Richter Award finalist between the pipes. Hell, they don’t even have a player in the top 50 of the country for scoring on the season. That doesn’t matter when you’re still finding quality wins and that’s exactly what the minutemen are doing.

In the two games since losing in the opening round of the Beanpot tournament to BU, Boston College has put up eleven goals while surrendering just one. They’ve been one of if not the most explosive team in the country all season long. If they can convince any of these freshmen phenoms to hang around for a little while, they could be looking at putting up historic numbers. In today’s age, that’s a long shot, but a guy can hope.

Prediction: Boston College split the series, but take four points.

#2 North Dakota @ #15/16 Colorado College – Fri & Sat, Feb. 16/17

Fighting Hawks vs Tigers

Stats:

25.8 – PP% – 11.5
82.9 – PK% – 80.0
52.4 – FO% – 55.2
1.603 – GF/GA – 1.147
.905 – SV% – .912

Vibes: Revenge. That’s what’s on the mind of every North Dakota player, coach, and fan in the country. It’s rare to sweep North Dakota in their own barn and that’s exactly what CC did earlier this season. That weekend jump-started the Tigers impressive run and was a catalyst for the team as a whole. CC is ten points behind NoDak in the NCHC standings, so catching up is out of the question, but if they can come out of the weekend with points, they’ll have a decent shot at maintaining home-ice for the first round of the NCHC playoffs.

Prediction: North Dakota wins Friday, CC wins on Saturday.

#7/8 Maine vs #19 New Hampshire – Fri & Sat, Feb. 16/17

Black Bears vs Wildcats

Stats:

20.6 β€“ PP% – 20.4
82.5 – PK% – 78.7
52.6 – FO% – 52.1
1.476 – GF/GA – 1.114
.904 – SV% – .889

Vibes: Those of us outside of the Hockey East bubble tend to have a difficult time recognizing their rivalries if it’s not part of The Beanpot. That is not the case between these programs. The Border Battle is something that every College Hockey fan in the country should be aware of, no matter how good or bad the teams are. This year, they’re both in the top 20 and it could determine if they both make the playoffs or if UNH will be left on the outside looking in. Alfond was packed for the first round, you know the energy is going to carry over for this one too.

Prediction: Black Bears win Friday, but UNH wins with their back against the wall.

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