->“The 2020-21 season has presented new challenges each day and Hockey East has done everything in our power to ensure a safe and fulfilling experience for our student-athletes in this difficult year,” said Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf. “Inviting all teams into the Hockey East Tournament and using the Hockey East Power Index to seed each program respects the importance and integrity of each regular-season game. Ultimately, our goal is to provide the best experience possible for our student-athletes. ”<-
->The men’s Tournament will follow a similar format, beginning with three opening round games between seeds 6-11 on Wednesday, March 10. Seeds 1-5 automatically qualify for the quarterfinals. Following a reseeding, the quarterfinals take place on Sunday, March 14. The semifinals are set for Wednesday, March 17 with the Lamoriello Trophy to be handed out in the championship game on Saturday, March 20. The latest possible date of the men’s regular season will be Sunday, March 7.<-
->The HEPI takes into consideration the number of games played, wins and losses in regulation, overtime, and shootouts, and a team’s home and away split. It then values wins and losses based on each team’s strength of schedule and their opponents’ strength of schedule, objectively, to rank the programs accordingly. It does not factor in points traditionally earned in the standings table that has been used to seed teams in past seasons.
Because of the intertwined nature of the HEPI factors, each game result has the potential to change any given team’s HEPI ranking, even if the team was idle that day or played a different opponent. Up to date Hockey East Power Index standings for the men’s and women’s leagues will be updated on the Hockey East website on a daily basis.<-
If our remaining games are with VT/Maine, even winning them all may not keep us in 4th place. Should Providence or NE defeat higher ranking opponents, the algorithm could elevate them. All we can do is win, but I'll be keeping (both) eyes on the scoreboard.