Every week, we’ll use the KRACH to come up with Hockey East Power Rankings …
THOUGHTS: Based on the current point totals and KRACH ratings, we can predict that Boston College, Providence, UMass, Northeastern and UMass Lowell are all in play for the top-four spots in the Hockey East standings (which would earn a home series in the Hockey East quarterfinals). Boston University, New Hampshire, Maine, UConn and Merrimack are all in play for the final three playoff spots, with Vermont appearing to already be on the outside looking in.
Merrimack’s KRACH rating is lower than the other four teams, but the Warriors have been able to put together a decent Hockey East record, earning points in five out of 11 games (3-6-2), which has kept them in the hunt. Merrimack’s Hockey East winning percentage (.400) is actually better than its overall winning percentage (.300).