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  • #31
    Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

    Given the HE players who will participate in the Olympics, don't you think that Providence would be favored to outpace BC and, perhaps, UNH?

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    • #32
      Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

      ^ That is very true. But until UNH does not finish 1st, I'm not ready to vote against them quite yet, though I would love to see that shakeup. The Wildcats always seem to find a way. But BC has a great incoming class and strong returnees including (most likely) Thunstrom.

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      • #33
        Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

        Originally posted by Bergey1 View Post
        Preseason poll is up
        http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/wome...9/sep22wcp.php

        1. New Hampshire (3) 50
        2. Boston College (3) 47
        3. Boston University 46
        4. Providence (2) 43
        5. Connecticut 31
        6. Northeastern 27
        7. Vermont 22
        8. Maine 14

        In my own ranking (and it's nothing more than opinion) I'd have put PC in 3rd with BU and NU interchangeable 4-5. But it remains to be seen how NU will do without Coach Flint actually being there. It seems to be a generally close vote though between the top teams. Thoughts?
        I am looking for PC to get off to a faster start than previous years, so I think 4th is too low. In the past, our early, non-league play has impacted the standings and made it hard to recover. However, the learning curve (from 10new players last year to 4) is thankfully shorter. In addition, it seems like our HE schedule has changed to be more challenging earlier in the year.

        I do like the fact that we got two first place votes

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        • #34
          Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

          Wow... those rankings are tight.

          I'd go:

          T.I.J.T.
          New Hampshire
          Boston University
          Boston College
          Providence College
          Connecticut
          Northeastern
          Vermont
          Maine

          With a massively ridiculous Fluster-Cuck from 1-5.
          Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
          Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
          Twitter: @Salzano14


          Click here for the BC Interruption Projection, Pairwise, KRACH, and GRaNT Calculators

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          • #35
            Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

            Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
            Wow... those rankings are tight.
            Fortunately they're also meaningless for anything other than gambling purposes. Possibly more important will be actual game outcomes.

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            • #36
              Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

              Originally posted by law View Post
              Fortunately they're also meaningless for anything other than gambling purposes. Possibly more important will be actual game outcomes.
              I don't think I said anything to the contrary...
              Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
              Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
              Twitter: @Salzano14


              Click here for the BC Interruption Projection, Pairwise, KRACH, and GRaNT Calculators

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              • #37
                Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                Originally posted by TonyTheTiger20 View Post
                I don't think I said anything to the contrary...
                I agree. You are correct. I wasn't trying to suggest otherwise. My remark only reflected my contempt for pre-season polls generally. I wasn't intending to direct it towards any individual.

                IMHO, unless you're gambling on games and trying to set odds, it's not worth getting excercised over pre-season polls, especially when we'll shortly have actual game results to use as one arbiter of team strength.

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                • #38
                  Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                  Originally posted by scrambledlegs View Post
                  I am looking for PC to get off to a faster start than previous years, so I think 4th is too low. In the past, our early, non-league play has impacted the standings and made it hard to recover. However, the learning curve (from 10new players last year to 4) is thankfully shorter. In addition, it seems like our HE schedule has changed to be more challenging earlier in the year.

                  I do like the fact that we got two first place votes
                  You make a good point regarding the smaller number of new faces in the Friar lineup, and I too think they will be in the mix sooner rather than later.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                    Originally posted by law View Post
                    IMHO, unless you're gambling on games and trying to set odds, it's not worth getting excercised over pre-season polls, especially when we'll shortly have actual game results to use as one arbiter of team strength.
                    Still, they're worth looking at as a good starting point for discussing the season.
                    Grant Salzano, Boston College '10
                    Senior Writer & Women's Hockey Editor, BC Interruption
                    Twitter: @Salzano14


                    Click here for the BC Interruption Projection, Pairwise, KRACH, and GRaNT Calculators

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                    • #40
                      Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                      Originally posted by Hux View Post
                      You make a good point regarding the smaller number of new faces in the Friar lineup, and I too think they will be in the mix sooner rather than later.
                      Only 4 Frosh but I understand they are supposed to be very good players.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                        Heading to Boston next weekend for BU vs. OSU. Staying in Somerville. How's the parking near the arena, or should I take a taxi to the games?

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                        • #42
                          Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                          Originally posted by high slot View Post
                          Heading to Boston next weekend for BU vs. OSU. Staying in Somerville. How's the parking near the arena, or should I take a taxi to the games?
                          If its at Walter Brown there is a parking lot right across from the main entrance and its usually pretty cheap. I think between 5-10 dollars. I've never had a problem parking there. It's def. cheaper than a cab.

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                          • #43
                            Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                            Originally posted by high slot View Post
                            Heading to Boston next weekend for BU vs. OSU. Staying in Somerville. How's the parking near the arena, or should I take a taxi to the games?
                            You could really treat yourself and take the Green Line MBTA. Just leave plenty of time and find yourself an outbound (Boston College) "B" train. Ask the attendant for a "Hard" Charlie Card and you'll save $.30 a trip!! Be sure to get off at Babcock Street.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                              Originally posted by futurestar View Post
                              You could really treat yourself and take the Green Line MBTA. Just leave plenty of time and find yourself an outbound (Boston College) "B" train. Ask the attendant for a "Hard" Charlie Card and you'll save $.30 a trip!! Be sure to get off at Babcock Street.
                              The Green Line doesn't run into Somerville.

                              There is plenty of parking in the lot next to the rink($5), and often you can find a spot on the street as well. However, if there is red or blue paint on the curb, do NOT park there or you will end up with a hefty ticket.

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                              • #45
                                Re: Hockey East offseason 2008-2009: Anyone home?

                                I didn't want to start a new thread just for a question but I was just looking at the schedule for October for all the HE teams. Of the almost 60 games in October, only 6 of them are on Sunday. This seems to be a big change from last year when it was usually Saturday/Sunday.

                                Does anyone know what is driving this shift? Is it an attempt to increase student participation? Or is there another reason? I do know that for people travelling out of town, it does add the additional work day to the equation, so I was just curious.

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