ABOVE Prediction for Series 27: Northern Michigan at Alaska-Anchorage
2016-17 Week 10, Series 27: Northern Michigan (1397) at Alaska-Anchorage (1312)
|NMU 5 points (W, OTW)||7.10%|
|NMU 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)||6.64%|
|UAA 5 points (W, OTW)||4.32%|
|UAA 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)||4.26%|
After weeks where picking up any points at all were unlikely occurrences (29% against Michigan Tech, 40% against Bowling Green), Alaska-Anchorage has a weekend hosting a struggling Northern Michigan team where a split or better is a 50-50 proposition. Matt Thomas’s squad has truly struggled this year, but so has Walt Kyle’s.
These two teams are well at the bottom of the WCHA standings, and while it’s early days yet, neither team needs to dig this deep of a hole. With 29 goals scored in just 18 combined games, this one could be a snooze-fest, especially to Wildcat fans propping their eyes open for the late games.
For BELOW swings: two NMU routs would raise their BELOW to 1438 and drop UAA’s to 1271 split(9.02% probability). The reverse would bump UAA to 1379 and drop NMU to 1330 (2.04% probability). As always, there’s a lot of room for movement in both directions when two teams are fairly close in BELOW.
Geof’s purely subjective prediction: UAA wins in regulation and loses in a shootout.