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Boston College Hockey vs. Denver: Final Thoughts and Predictions

Eagles hit the road for two this weekend.

The Heights

Denver is a special city for Boston College hockey. The Pike's Peak hockey club, BC hockey's booster organization, gets its name from the fact that BC hauled in its first national championship in Denver in 1949. The Eagles repeated the feat in Denver again in 2008. Along the way there have also been memorable encounters between BC and another maroon-and-gold clad powerhouse, the Denver Pioneers. Matchups between the two are often measuring sticks for both teams, and this weekend is no exception.

BC Roster Notes

Life Without Santini begins tonight for BC, so Travis Jeke will slot in to the lineup. The good news is that Chris Calnan is back after a one-game absence.

Projected Lines

Alex Tuch - Adam Gilmour - Chris Calnan
Zach Sanford - Ryan Fitzgerald - Austin Cangelosi
Cam Spiro - Michael Sit - Brendan Silk
Quinn Smith - Destry Straight - Danny Linell

Defensive Pairs

Michael Matheson - Scott Savage
Ian McCoshen - Ted Doherty
Noah Hanifin - Travis Jeke

In Goal

Thatcher Demko

GAME FACTS

Game Time: 9:37 ET tonight, 9:00 tomorrow
TV: ROOT Sports Colorado tonight (check DirecTV/Dish Network listings); DenverPioneers.com tomorrow ($$)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com

Record: Boston College 3-1-0, Denver 3-1-0

Goal Differentials:
BC: 18 GF, 10 GA, +8 GD
DU: 11 GF, 8 GA, +3 GD

Last Time Out: Denver split last weekend with Minnesota-Duluth, taking game one 3-1 before being hammered 6-1 in game two.

Common Foes: None

Players to watch: Quentin Shore, coming off a solid 25-point season last year, is the early DU scoring leader (1-4--5) - tied with Trevor Moore, who led the team last year with 42 points. Defenseman Joey LaLaggia put up 25 points last year from the blue line in his junior season.

Blast from the Not-Too-Distant Past

DCU Center, Northeast Regional 2014. Jerry York had consistently started one of the lower lines and had not once started a game with the Gaudreau/Arnold/Hayes super line. And then he did that against Denver. It didn't take them long to score. Early and often. This goal took all of :25.

The Pre-Game Watering Hole

I am going to have to defer on this one as I've never been to Denver. Anyone?

Scoreboard Watching: Out-Of-Town Notes

Lots of big series this weekend. Most eyes in Hockey East will be trained on the BU vs. Providence series, two teams that have defied expectations in different ways. Vermont at Notre Dame is another intriguing series as UVM looks to stay undefeated. If NU is going to snap their season-opening losing streak, they will need to do it against a tough opponent, Quinnipiac, with the Hounds traveling to Hamden for two on Saturday and Sunday.

Predictions

Joe Gravellese:

DU 4 BC 2 in game 1
BC 3 DU 1 in game 2

I'm more optimistic than I was at the beginning of the week about this series - partly because Calnan is healthy, and partly because I think Denver is still a team that is liable to give up 30+ shots to a good team. I still think these will be two tough games but I've talked myself into thinking split rather than just avoiding a sweep.

Brian Favat:

BC 4-3
3-3 tie

"3 point" weekend; a very successful one for the birds. Demko puts the team on his back and wins one on his own.

New "Dan Rubin" Guy:

DU 3-1
DU 2-1

Bummer.

Grant Salzano:

I'm the biggest pessimist of us all but I can't shake the feeling that this will be a good weekend. 5-3 and 4-3 (OT), BC sweeps.

BCI Prediction Standings

AJ was a goal away from being right on the money for both games last weekend, taking BC to beat Colorado College 5-2 and UMass 4-1. Nicely done, sensei.

STANDINGS

AJ 2
Joe Grav 0.33
Enzo 0.33
Beerfart 0.33

How will the Eagles fare on the road this weekend? Can BC get their first win over a top notch opponent? Will Jerry York win #500 as BC head coach? Leave your thoughts below.