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2016-17 WCHA Week 14 BELOW Ratings

2016-17 BELOW, Week 14

TeamBELOW+/-EWPPtsGP
7-MTU1730Idle79%3616
3-BSU1665-1572%4920
8-MSU1604+2665%2916
4-BGSU1576+1561%2918
5-FSU1498-3250%2216
2-UAF1447Idle42%1916
6-LSSU1434-2241%1916
0-UAH1409-2637%2318
1-UAA1398+3236%1616
9-NMU1359+2231%1016
Above are the 2016-17 BELOW rankings after Week 12 of WCHA conference play (84 of 140 games played).

I won’t waste your time with a lot of analysis (I have simulations to run!), but we saw a lot of reversion to the mean at the lower levels of the league.  The biggest news from a BELOW and standings perspective is that Minnesota State shook off the memories of two ties in Huntsville last year to aggressively manhandle the Chargers this past weekend.  They’re tied in the standings with Bowling Green with two games in hand.

At the top, let’s consider the following:

  1. Bemidji has clinched a playoff spot before MLK Day.
  2. They didn’t run away with it.
  3. Using the same logic as we did in the link above, Michigan Tech’s four games in hand lets them get just one point behind the Beavers, but with Tech’s BELOW rating, we’d expect them to win a random WCHA game just 77% of the time, which would argue that they’ll be a bit short.  The Huskies has a trail to mush to get there, but they do face the Beavers again in February

Simulations/predictions to follow later today.

2016-17 WCHA Week 12 BELOW Ratings

2016-17 BELOW, Week 12

TeamWk12 BELOW+/-Wk12 EWP
7-MTU1730+2979%
3-BSU1719+1078%
8-MSU1578-1761%
4-BGSU1561-32 (-29 v MTU, -3 v UAF)59%
5-FSU1530+1754%
6-LSSU1456-1044%
2-UAF1447-4 (-7 v UAA, +3 v BGSU)42%
0-UAH1435+5241%
9-NMU1337-5228%
1-UAA1327+727%
Above are the 2016-17 BELOW rankings after Week 12 of WCHA conference play (74 of 140 games played).

Michigan Tech Leads the BELOW Pack

The Houghton Huskies mushed to the front of the WCHA pack with a strong showing against Bowling Green in Week 11, with 3-1, 2-1 wins over the Falcons.  They are expected to win 79% of the time against an average league opponent, and their 1730 BELOW rating is the highest of the 2016-17 season.

With that said, Bemidji State is still seven points ahead with two games against Alaska-Anchorage that ABOVE expects them to sweep around 52% of the time and widening their point lead 98% of the time.  It’s fairly likely that the Beavers will be +13 ahead in the standings.  I hope to revisit this by the end of the year.

Alabama-Huntsville Stampedes Through Marquette

With a pair of resounding wins, UAH improved to 6-0-1-1 on the road in WCHA play this season, keeping pace with the league leaders for holding down a shot at home ice in the first round of the playoffs, a big mark for a team widely held to be in the cellar this year.

That said, the Chargers’ road home is a tough one.  UAH is 1-0-1-6 at home this year, and they host Minnesota State, Tech, and Bemidji down the stretch while facing Lake Superior, Alaska, and Bowling Green on the road.  Huntsville needs to pick up some games at home if they have any hopes of March hockey in the Rocket City.

Northern Michigan has the biggest slide of the year: picked in the middle of the pack to begin the year, the Wildcats are dead last in the standings and are -163 on the year — that’s as bad as Bemidji has been good (+182).

Minnesota State Falters against Ferris State

It took the Mavericks two power-play goals in the third period on Saturday the 10th to forestall a sweep at the hands of Ferris State, who rocked them 3-0 the previous night.  The Mavs’ performance against Princeton in non-conference play this weekend does leave one wondering how good the Mavs really are at this point.

Bowling Green Sliding

The Falcons had a shot at putting breathing room between themselves and Mankato & Huntsville and just couldn’t execute, taking three losses in four games against Tech and Alaska.  BGSU was the coaches’ and media pick for league favorites this year, but everything that can go wrong seemingly has: players transferring, inconsistent goaltending, scoring going silent, and overall inconsistency.  One can feel the frustration emanating from Ohio — this is a better team than what they’ve showed so far, even though they’re a tenuous third place.

I’ll have BSU-UAA picks for you on Friday.

2016-17 WCHA Series 29 Prediction: Bemidji State at Michigan Tech

2016-17 Week 10, Series 29: Bemidji State (1713) and Michigan Tech (1697)

ResultProbability
MTU sweeps36.21%
BSU Sweeps24.46%
Splits16.47%
MTU 5 points (W, OTW)8.14%
BSU 5 points (W, OTW)5.96%
MTU 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)5.44%
BSU 4 points (W, OTL or OTW, OTW)2.81%

The above is not a typo.  These are late because I was checking this so much.

Why is Michigan Tech expected to win?  It’s an artifact of how BELOW works.

Two teams play: their matchup creates an interaction.  Win the interaction and you get some level of points.  If the lower-ranked team wins, they have the chance to flip the script and be the better team.  Because these two teams are so close in BELOW, even if not the standings, Tech can flip into the favored team very easily.  Currently, BSU is only picked for a favorable result at a 52% clip on Friday; if MTU can flip that, especially by a big value, there’s a lot of possibility for change.

Things to note:

  1. Bemidji’s embarrassing sweep by Princeton has nothing to do with BELOW.
  2. Michael Bitzer hasn’t been abducted by aliens (aliens don’t interact with Earth as of yet).

Geof’s subjective prediction: Beavers sweep.  (I hate everything.)