Jim Dahl's College Hockey Ranked

Just 15 teams still jockeying for at-large NCAA tournament bids as conference tournaments begin
Written on March 3, 2020 | 1 comment

Some conference tournaments begin this weekend, and the NCAA tournament outlook for most teams is already pretty well known. Only about 15 teams (of 60) have a fair amount of uncertainty as to whether they’ll make the NCAA tournament at-large. The top 7 teams are pretty safe bets (though not all mathematical locks), leaving at […]

With just 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, 9 teams’ at-large tournament hopes are on the line this weekend
Written on February 21, 2020

Two weeks ago I identified 28 teams as still in the hunt for at-large bids. Of the 26 that are still in the hunt, 9 seem to have their at-large hopes on the line this weekend. For those teams, getting swept would seemingly knock them out of contention for an at-large bid. As always, you […]

Another look at which teams are likely to make the 2020 NCAA hockey tournament
Written on February 4, 2020 | 2 comments

Two weeks ago I wrote a First look at which teams are likely to make the 2020 NCAA hockey tournament. This article updates that with how the last two weekends’ results have changed the outlook. Who’s a lock? While two weeks ago there weren’t yet any mathematical guarantees, I no longer see any situation in […]

PWR game of the week – Can #31 Maine climb into the mid-teens this weekend?
Written on January 24, 2020 | 1 comment

Long time followers of PWR know that despite seeming pretty stable overall, individual teams’ PWR rankings can move substantially under the right conditions. An 8-10 position swing in a single weekend’s pair of games is a relatively common possibility, though it often takes both an unusual outcome for the team and a lot of other […]

First look at which teams are likely to make the 2020 NCAA hockey tournament
Written on January 23, 2020

With 10-12 regular season games remaining for most teams, we can start to get some picture of what teams need to do to end the regular season in position for an NCAA tournament bid (we generally think of ending the regular season in the top 10 as likely being in the tournament, anywhere from 10-15 […]

PWR Top 20

1 Northern Michigan
2 Merrimack
3 Ferris State
4 Sacred Heart
5 Denver
6 Colgate
7 Niagara
8 Dartmouth
9 Michigan Tech
10 Penn State
11 Mercyhurst
12 Western Michigan
13 Mass.-Lowell
14 Vermont
15 Boston University
16 Minnesota
17 Rensselaer
18 Robert Morris
19 Brown
20 Alaska Anchorage
Full PWR Rankings