The NCAA hockey tournament kicks off on Friday. Single-game elimination hockey doesn't allow for much in the way of narratives or predictions. Each of the games this weekend will likely be decided by a bounce here, or a deflection there. Boston College comes into the tournament as the best team in the country, and the favorite for the tournament, but even they are at best a 60/40 favorite in any game played in this tournament, giving them just under a 13% chance of winning the whole thing. It makes for thrilling moments as we watch the games play out, waiting for that final deciding bounce, but lacks much meaning beyond that.
That said, as much as this tournament could be made so much better, there will still be twelve excellent hockey games played this weekend by some incredibly talented teams, making it perhaps the best weekend in all of college hockey. Here's some links that take a closer look at each of the four regionals.