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Weekend preview: The Curse of the Coffin

February 25, 2010

The Lowell River Hawks (16-14-2, 10-11-2 HE) vs. the Providence College Friars (10-18-2, 5-16-2 HE)

7 p.m. Friday at Tsongas Center, Lowell, Mass.
7 p.m. Saturday at Schneider Arena, Providence, R.I.

Lowell is tied for sixth in Hockey East with 22 points from 23 games and Providence is last in Hockey East with 12 points from 23 games.

Last three games
Lowell — 4-2 at Maine, 4-8 at Maine, 1-2 at BC
Providence — 1-2 at Providence, 5-4 vs. BU, 2-5 at UNH

Prior meetings
Lowell trails Providence 35-46-9, all-time.

Season series
Lowell lost to Providence 4-2 with a dismal effort in Lowell on Nov. 24.

Top scorers
Lowell:
Kory Falite — 32 GP, 16-14-30 (23 GP, 10-10-20 HE)
Scott Campbell — 32, 11-15-26 (23, 7-10-17)
David Vallorani — 32, 9-14-23 (23, 6-10-16)
Nick Schaus — 30, 4-18-22 (21, 3-13-16)
Ben Holmstrom — 32, 7-14-21 (23, 4-13-17)

Providence:
Kyle MacKinnon — 30 GP, 12-12-24 (23 GP, 10-8-18 HE)
Matt Bergland — 30, 10-11-21 (23, 5-9-14)
Mark Fayne — 30, 5-16-21 (23, 4-13-17)
Daniel New — 29, 4-9-13 (22, 3-6-9)
Aaron Jamnick — 30, 6-6-12 (23, 3-3-6)

Goaltending
Lowell:
Carter Hutton (10-10-0) — 20 GP, 1,180:07 minutes, 2.24 GAA/.923 sv% (14 GP, 823:16 minutes, 2.70 GAA/.912 sv% HE)
Nevin Hamilton (6-4-2) — 13, 742:46, 2.91/.905 (10, 563:54, 3.09/.902 HE)

Providence:
Alex Beaudry (9-16-2) — 27 GP, 1,543:29 minutes, 2.76 GAA/.918 sv% (22 GP, 1,244:48 minutes, 2.94 GAA/.916 sv% HE)

Team stats
Lowell:
Overall (32 games) — 98 goals for (3.06/gm), 81 goals against (2.53/gm). Power play 31/154 (20.1%, 4 SHGA), penalty kill 118/144 (81.9%, 1 SHGF)
Hockey East (23 games) — 70 goals for (3.04/gm), 67 goal against (2.91/gm). Power play 22/113 (19.5%, 4 SHGA), penalty kill 84/106 (79.2%, 0 SHGF)

Providence:
Overall (30 games) — 65 goals for (2.17/gm), 87 goals against (2.90/gm). Power play 18/116 (15.5%, 3 SHGA), penalty kill 119/140 (85.0%, 0 SHGF)
HE (23 games) — 43 goals for (1.87/gm), 72 goals against (3.13/gm). Power play 16/91 (17.6%, 3 SHGA), penalty kill 92/109 (84.4%, 0 SHGF)

Outlook
When you probably need four points to stay in the hunt for home ice, then yes, it’s a good thing to be playing the last-place team in Hockey East. Absolutely.

But really, did that last-place team have to be Providence? They only have five league wins all season, but of course one of them was against Lowell back in November. But Providence is an interesting team insofar as they’re obviously pretty bad but they’re not as bad as you’d think at home. Of their five league wins this year, four have come at Providence (the other was at Amherst), where Lowell already lost. It’s interesting, though, that since that game, both teams have been pretty much total trainwrecks.

Let’s put it in perspective: since that terrible November night, the Friars, who started the season 6-4-1, have gone 4-14-1. Lowell, which started the year 8-2-1, has since gone 8-12-1. So this is a game between two teams that are a combined 12-26-2 in their last 40 games, a winning percentage of.. oh my, it’s .325. What horrors, then, can this weekend hold?

Theoretically Lowell can do nothing but kill Providence. Given the gravity of the weekend, and how much better Lowell is, the River Hawks can’t settle for anything less than four points. Not three points. Not two points. Certainly not anything less than that.

Get ’em.

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