They call it a new season, both teams are 0-0. The Hockey East playoffs begin tonight and no matter how you look at it the UMaine hockey team has a chance to right the season.The 8-22-6 Bears have nothing to lose as they go on the road to face the Northeastern Huskies in a best-of-three series. Maine coach Red Gendron said earlier this week that "there are no secrets between the two teams" since thy played two just a week ago to end the regular season.

The Huskies took both of those games winning by scores of 5-3 and 7-1. This will be the 118th meeting between the two programs with the Bears leading the all-time series 54-45-19.

Below is the tale-of-the-tape showing how these teams match up.

Statistical Comparison
MAINE   CATEGORY                      NU
8-22-6    RECORD                        16-13-5
1.97       GOALS PER GAME         3.18
3.39       GOALS AGAINST AVG.   2.44
-1.42      Scoring Margin               +0.74
71          GOALS                           108
116        ASSISTS                         198
32.5      SHOTS PER GAME        30.9
13.0      POWER PLAY %            21.9
78.5      PENALTY KILL %            80.2
13.9      PENALTY MIN PG            9.1
.899      SAVE %                          .903