Sunday, January 17, 2010

Where Do We Go From Here?

One of these teams is not like the other:

*Charter ECAC member
*2 NCAA championships
*5 Frozen Four appearances
*8 NCAA tournament appearances
*3 ECAC championships
*2 ECAC regular season titles
*16 first-team All-Americans
*21 NHL alumni (4,868 games and counting)

**Joined the league in 1991
**Beat Clarkson in a playoff series last year
**1 first-team All-American
**1 NHL alumnus (57 games)

Yeah, don't worry about that Dutch oven, aight? Moving on...

The Engineers have 12 games left. They need approximately 8 more points for a home playoff series, and roughly 17 more points for the first round bye.

In two games, at Yale and at Cornell, the Engineers should be underdogs. Those aren't games we can expect points in.

In two against Dartmouth, single home games against Princeton and Clarkson, and a road game at Brown, the Engineers should be clear favorites. If they play the way we've seen them play recently, they should take 10 points from these games. Nothing's assured, but given what we've seen this season, these should be winnable games.

That gives us 7 or more points needed in two games against Harvard, home games against Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence, and a road game against Colgate. In each of these games, right now, I feel the Engineers should be favored to win, but could easily lose if they don't play to 100% of their capacity.

Bottom line - this ain't over, folks.

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