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Will Arizona State make the NCAA hockey tournament?

Written on February 14, 2019

#9 Arizona State has been the talk of the NCAA hockey tournament prognostication community in 2019. In their third year in D-I, the Sun Devils (19-10-1) are aiming to be the first independent team to earn an at-large tournament bid since Alaska-Anchorage in 1992. They are #9 in the PairWise Rankings (PWR) that mimic the […]

Interesting PWR games of the week-North Dakota, Providence, and Cornell

Written on January 31, 2019

Who doesn’t find themself looking at the PairWise Ranking (PWR) each week? (Ok, very few of us do, but I have a feeling you might be among the select few). While a lot of the tools and analysis here focus on the end of season and who’s going to make the NCAA tournament, it’s also […]

A first look at which teams are likely to make the NCAA hockey tournament

Written on January 23, 2019

With most teams having just 10-12 regular season games remaining, we can draw some conclusions about who’s likely to make the NCAA tournament. In this article, I’ll look at the regular season forecasts (see First 2019 PWR forecast available for an explanation, if you’re not familiar) to discuss how teams need to perform in their […]

First 2019 PWR forecast available (and, what is it?)

Written on January 17, 2019

After the holiday break is generally considered a good time to start paying attention to the PairWise Ranking (PWR). Remember that PWR is a ranking whose calculation mimics the NCAA’s tournament selection process, so the final PWR ranking perfectly predicts the teams that will be selected for the NCAA tournament. The 2014 article, When to […]

KRACH predicts the NCAA tournament

Written on March 21, 2018

Everyone’s favorite college hockey ranking scheme, KRACH, is also a favorite way to predict the odds of each team winning a game. As in past years, I used KRACH to predict each tournament team’s odds of winning it’s first round game, advancing out of the regional, winning a semifinal game, and winning the national championship. […]

PWR Top 20

1 St Cloud St
2 Massachusetts
3 Ohio State
4 Minnesota-Duluth
5 Quinnipiac
6 MSU-Mankato
7 Denver
8 Cornell
9 Arizona State
10 Western Michigan
11 Mass.-Lowell
12 Clarkson
13 Harvard
14 Northeastern
15 Bowling Green
16 Notre Dame
17 Providence
18 Penn State
19 Lake Superior
20 Union
Full PWR Rankings