All the Rankings: 11-20: Raider Rise

Instead of doing a Power Rankings post, each week I am going to go over all the rankings.  (Note: All the rankings includes the USCHO PollSB Nation PollPairWise Rankings, my Power Rankings, and my ballot for the SB Nation Poll.)

Some thoughts on each of the ranking mechanisms:

  • USCHO Poll – Garbage.  Voters are lazy and (I suspect) don’t actually watch the games.
  • SB Nation Poll – We generally get it as right as biased humans can.
  • PairWise Rankings – Limited, but functional.
  • My Power Rankings – My rankings are built on ranking teams across 10 categories and then summing those categorical rankings.  Those categories are Winning Percentage, Goal Differential, Shooting Percentage, Save Percentage, Power Play, Penalty Kill (both *.333 as teams spend on average 1/3 of a game on special teams), Percentage of Shots Taken in Games, Percentage of Shots taken Relative to Opponent Quality, and the last two against teams that take more than 50% of shots in a game.  This is also limited, but is more well-rounded than the PairWise, which is based solely on wins and losses.  If Team A gets outshot 100-1 by Team B, but wins 1-0, I am more apt to reward Team B and think of them as a better team than Team A.  My rankings attempt to account for this with the limited data available.
  • My Ballot – The best, obviously.

The USCHO.com poll had not been updated at the time of publishing.

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Free Streams 11-17 to 11-19

Friday, 11-17

6:00 PM ET

Quinnipiac at Clarkson (Link on Schedule Page)

The top of the ECAC is tight, with second through sixth place all possessing three wins and six points.  Quinnipiac is at the bottom of that group with two more games played than the rest and three losses.

Princeton at St. Lawrence (Link on Schedule Page)

St. Lawrence is among those teams with six points while Princeton finds themselves on the outside looking in on the ECAC playoff picture.  At four points, they’re still right in the mix if they can scrape some points against the ECAC’s top teams.

7:00 PM ET

Boston University at Vermont (Link on Schedule Page)

BU has a razor-thin margin with just two points on last place Connecticut.  The WHEA tournament is musical chairs with only one team missing out.  Vermont is in the thick of the conference with seven points, tied for fourth place.

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All The Rankings: 11-13

Instead of doing a Power Rankings post, each week I am going to go over all the rankings.  (Note: All the rankings includes the USCHO Poll, SB Nation Poll, PairWise Rankings, my Power Rankings, and my ballot for the SB Nation Poll.)

Some thoughts on each of the ranking mechanisms:

  • USCHO Poll – Garbage.  Voters are lazy and (I suspect) don’t actually watch the games.
  • SB Nation Poll – We generally get it as right as biased humans can.
  • PairWise Rankings – Limited, but functional.
  • My Power Rankings – My rankings are built on ranking teams across 10 categories and then summing those categorical rankings.  Those categories are Winning Percentage, Goal Differential, Shooting Percentage, Save Percentage, Power Play, Penalty Kill (both *.333 as teams spend on average 1/3 of a game on special teams), Percentage of Shots Taken in Games, Percentage of Shots taken Relative to Opponent Quality, and the last two against teams that take more than 50% of shots in a game.  This is also limited, but is more well-rounded than the PairWise, which is based solely on wins and losses.  If Team A gets outshot 100-1 by Team B, but wins 1-0, I am more apt to reward Team B and think of them as a better team than Team A.  My rankings attempt to account for this with the limited data available.
  • My Ballot – The best, obviously.

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Free Streams 11-10 to 11-12

Friday, 11-10

2:00 PM ET

Merrimack at Northeastern (Link on Schedule Page)

It’s a big weekend for Hockey East with six teams squaring off and virtually everyone with the opportunity to move up or down.  Northeastern and Merrimack have been reeling of late, both with three game losing streaks in the conference.

Colgate at New Hampshire (Link on Schedule Page)

Colgate will spend some time out of conference against a hot New Hampshire team that has started the season 6-1-3 and currently sits atop Hockey East.

Clarkson at Vermont (Link on Schedule Page)

Likewise, Clarkson will play a non-conference home and home against the Catamounts who sit in third in Hockey East, but are just 3-4-1 in conference and 4-6-1 overall.  They no doubt aspire to better, but it will be tough to achieve against a good Clarkson squad.

6:00 PM ET

Union at Quinnipiac (Link on Schedule Page)

After a week off in ECAC play, the Dutchwomen get back at it to see if they can continue their surprising start.  Meanwhile, Quinnipiac sits at 1-3 in conference and right now is on the outside looking in regarding a tournament birth.

Boston College at St. Lawrence (Link on Schedule Page)

The Saints will host the Eagles in a continuation of their brutal early-season schedule which has seen them play the #2, #3, #5, and #9 teams in the country.  They won’t get much rest for a while either as they see very good Princeton and Quinnipiac teams next weekend and then conference play against Clarkson.

7:00 PM ET

Connecticut at Boston University (Link on Schedule Page)

After a rough 0-4-0 start in conference play, Boston University has gone 1-1-1 to get somewhat back on track.  Connecticut is currently dead last in the conference, which would have them staying home come tournament time.

Providence at Maine (Link on Schedule Page)

A clash between teams that have done unexpectedly well in Hockey East play with Providence sitting at 3-1-0 and Maine at 2-2-0.  Every other team except for Connecticut has played more conference games at this point so they’re looking to make good use of their games in hand.

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Can Union make the ECAC Tournament?

To say the Union Dutchwomen haven’t had much success is a bit of an understatement.  Their best finish in the ECAC is 10th, a year in which the conference only had 10 teams.  They have finished out of last place just twice.  Their best record in-conference is 4-18-0, which was still good enough for last place.

They’re off to their best start ever this season at 2-0-0, with a brief time in first place in the conference, albeit that record is at the expense of the current worst two teams, Brown and Yale.  Still, the start begs the question: just how good is Union, and what can they do?  Could they even make the ECAC tournament for the first time in their history?

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All The Rankings: 11-6

Instead of doing a Power Rankings post, each week I am going to go over all the rankings.  (Note: All the rankings includes the USCHO Poll, SB Nation Poll, PairWise Rankings, my Power Rankings, and my ballot for the SB Nation Poll.)

Some thoughts on each of the ranking mechanisms:

  • USCHO Poll – Garbage.  Voters are lazy and (I suspect) don’t actually watch the games.
  • SB Nation Poll – We generally get it as right as biased humans can.
  • PairWise Rankings – Limited, but functional.
  • My Power Rankings – My rankings are built on ranking teams across 10 categories and then summing those categorical rankings.  Those categories are Winning Percentage, Goal Differential, Shooting Percentage, Save Percentage, Power Play, Penalty Kill (both *.333 as teams spend on average 1/3 of a game on special teams), Percentage of Shots Taken in Games, Percentage of Shots taken Relative to Opponent Quality, and the last two against teams that take more than 50% of shots in a game.  This is also limited, but is more well-rounded than the PairWise, which is based solely on wins and losses.  If Team A gets outshot 100-1 by Team B, but wins 1-0, I am more apt to reward Team B and think of them as a better team than Team A.  My rankings attempt to account for this with the limited data available.
  • My Ballot – The best, obviously.

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Free Streams 11-3 to 11-4

Free Streams:

Friday, 11-3

6:00 PM ET

Princeton at Colgate (Colgate Schedule with video link)

Colgate and Princeton (and Quinnipiac) are both among the glut of six teams currently 1-1 in ECAC play.  Only Union and RPI sit without a loss in the ECAC so the jockeying for postseason position has already begun.  This figured to be an extremely hotly contested conference, so every point matters.

7:00 PM CT

Minnesota at Minnesota State (MSU Schedule with video link)

Based on WCHA tiebreakers, Minnesota State is currently tied for fourth in the conference during this very young season.  They’ve played every conference opponent tough, sitting -3 in goal differential despite a 1-3-0 record.

Saturday, 11-4

3:00 PM ET

Quinnipiac at Colgate (Colgate Schedule with video link)

3:00 PM CT

Minnesota at Minnesota State (MSU Schedule with video link)

 

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