BC Roster Notes
Kevin Hayes looked good after being out for most of the game at Providence. Unfortunately, Ian McCoshen will still be out, and is questionable for a return on Monday.
Game Time: 7:00 PM
Radio: WEEI 850 AM and BCEagles.com
Record: BC: 20-4-3..... MC: 7-15-3
KRACH: BC: #2.... MC: #40
BC:117 GF (1st in HEA), 59 GA (4th in HEA), +48 (1st in HEA)
MC: 48 GF (11th in HEA), 69 GA (8th in HEA), -21 (9th in HEA)
Last Time Out: BC beat BU 3-1 in the Beanpot on Monday night. Last weekend, the Mack Attack got swept by Merrimack Valley rivals UMass-Lowell.
Storylines: The Warriors have only one won game this year away from the friendly confines of Lawler Arena. Johnny Gaudreau looks to continue his epic scoring streak. And BC's climb up the ladder in team defense.
Fun Fact: Merrimack is averaging 1.38 goals per game in Hockey East play - or, fewer goals per game than 7 English Premier League soccer teams this season.
Players to watch: They still have Cannata, right? No? Okay, I guess Mike Collins will have to do; he's one point away from 20 on the season.
Will Thatcher Demko continue his 5-game streak of allowing 2 goals or fewer since becoming the #1 starter? With BC playing defense-first games lately and Merrimack playing defense-first by necessity will there be any actual goals tonight?
Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes
Nice slate of league games tonight. Monday's foe, NU, hosts UMass. UMass-Lowell hopes to take advantage of a game against lowly BU as they try to run down BC atop the Hockey East standings. Maine plays at Notre Dame in a televised battle of two teams hoping to pin down home ice in whatever they're calling the first round of playoffs (the octofinals?).
Minnesota and Wisconsin are back at it again tonight.
The Pre-Game Watering Hole
Yeah, this is more of a "jump on the T at 6:05 and get there right in time for puck drop" kind of games.
Obligatory Merrimack Black-And-Yellow Remix Video Shout Out:
BCI Prediction Standings
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The Beanpot Challenge is still underway so we have no winners yet, but if you picked Harvard to beat Northeastern well a) LOL and b) you're probably eliminated. Also, if you picked Girard for the Eberly. I mean JCNG.
Grant - 3.5 wins (Week 5, Week 9, Week 11, Week 12 (tie))
Brian - 3 wins (Week 3 tie, Week 4, Week 6 1/2, Week 14 (tie))
Joe - 2 wins (Week 1, Week 7)
ACal6888: 1 win (Week 10)
giantsfan428: 1 win (Week 8)
Conrad - 1 win (Week 2)
Humble Genius - 1 win (Week 13)T
BCJacket5 - 1 win (Week 6)
AJ - 1 win (Week 3 (tie), Week 14 (tie))
JCNG - 0.5 win (Week 12 (tie))
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