All the Rankings 1-22: Shipping Up to Upstate

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 Ice Garden did not have its poll available at the time of publication.

 

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Free Streams 1-19 to 1-20

Friday, January 19th

3:00 PM ET

Union at Colgate (link on schedule page)

It’s a tight top and bottom of the ECAC playoff picture with Colgate and Clarkson tied at number one (head to head tiebreaker currently favoring Colgate) and RPI, Yale, and Union at 10, 10, and 8 points in 8th through 10th place.  Colgate should get this win, but Union has been giving everyone trouble.

7:00 ET

Vermont at Boston College (with cable login on ESPN3)

Vermont has just three points up on last-place and playoff-missing UConn with one more game played.  They’re in desperate need of points, though after their series with BC they play 4th (Northeastern), 6th (BU), 8th (Merrimack) and 9th place.  Two points this weekend will clinch a home tournament spot for BC.

UConn at Northeastern (link on schedule page)

Northeastern is in perhaps better shape than Vermont schedule-wise as they have one game against second-place Providence, and six games against the last three teams in the conference.  For UConn, it’s time to start winning.

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All the Rankings 1-17: Tiers

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.

 

Does not include Tuesday’s games.

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Free Streams 1-12 to 1-16

Friday, January 12th

2:00 PM ET

Northeastern at Boston College (ESPN3 with cable login)

The Eagles can all but wrap up a home tournament spot with wins this weekend.  They hold 27 points with fifth-place New Hampshire capable of a maximum of 33.  Fourth-place Northeastern clings to the final home playoff spot on tiebreakers with a 7-6-1 record and head-to-head advantage on New Hampshire (6-6-3).

3:00 PM ET

Harvard at Colgate (Link on schedule page)

Colgate sits in first in the ECAC on tiebreakers and will need to keep the wins coming with Clarkson playing RPI and Union and Quinnipiac playing Yale and Brown this weekend.  Harvard looks good at 6-3-1 but they have played just two games against a team in better than seventh place in the conference.

RPI at Clarkson (Link on schedule page)

Clarkson just needs to win and keep an eye on their away date versus Colgate in two weeks.  RPI also needs to win.  They’re just two points above the playoff line and have a tough schedule in the second half of the season.

6:00 PM ET

Yale at Quinnipiac (ESPN3 with cable login)

Last gasp for the Bulldogs, sitting four points back of the playoffs.  The good news is they still have Brown twice.  Quinnipiac is tied for the lead in points, but has four more games played than Colgate and Clarkson.

Union at St. Lawrence (Link on schedule page)

St. Lawrence started off the new year with a whimper, almost dropping two games to Lindenwood before notching an overtime win in the second match.  A loss or tie to Union would spell major trouble.  It would be good for the Dutchwomen, coupled with an RPI loss though.  It would put them tied with RPI for eighth, though losing out on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

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All the Rankings 1-8: Everyone is Bad

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.

No SBNation poll this week as The Ice Garden waits for all the teams to come off break.

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Free Streams 1-5 to 1-9

Friday, January 5th

6:00 PM ET

Colgate at Quinnipiac (ESPN3)

The Raiders have dropped to fourth in the ECAC thanks to two extra games played by Clarkson and St. Lawrence, and four extra by Quinnipiac.  A win here would move the Raiders back into second as the Saints play out of conference this weekend and Clarkson is off.

Harvard at RPI (Link also available on YouTube)

A key matchup to sort out the middle of the ECAC table.  Harvard sits two points up on RPI in 6th with an equal number of games played.

New Hampshire at Boston College (ESPN3)

The Wildcats sit a surprising third in Hockey East, but only hold one and two points on the next two teams.  Boston College has opened up the gap with a five point lead on second, albeit with two more games played.

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North Dakota Stopped Being a Hockey School When it Cut Hockey Instead of Footballq

On all my spreadsheets for the 2017-2018 season I still have North Dakota listed, mostly because it makes me sad that they cut a program that has produced so many Olympians, partially because the WCHA just looks weird without them, and perhaps hopelessly because I think they will eventually return, and I don’t want to remove them just to add them again.

The fact of the matter is that North Dakota isn’t a hockey school.  They stopped being a hockey school when they could have cut a football team that loses more money than any other athletics program and instead chose to cut women’s hockey.  And when UND president Mark Kennedy called it a “boutique sport,” something that should have sparked wholesale outrage from this so-called “hockey school,” but seemed to inspire a collective meh among the student body.

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