Every week here at Eye on Hockey, we'll provide the CBSSports.com College Hockey Power 10, highlighting the top teams across college hockey.
Minnesota retains its No. 1 spot on the Power 10 and faces a huge test against rapidly-rising North Dakota at home this weekend. A split with No. 2 Boston College has vaulted New Hampshire back into the top three.
Though the NHL's anticipated return will take the shine off of college hockey this weekend, there's a plethora of games on TV, including a solid CCHA match-up on CBS Sports Network.
Saturday on CBS Sports Network -- Alaska at No. 5 Notre Dame -- 7 p.m. ET
The Irish have a very real problem, having lost three of their last four games coming out of the winter break. The offense has really sputtered during the skid, which comes as a surprise with a plethora of high-end offensive talent on the roster.
Notre Dame will hope to stop the bleeding against Alaska, which has been a tricky team this season. The Nanooks are coming off their first sweep at Michigan and have signature victories this season over North Dakota and Western Michigan.
Notre Dame will look to top producers Anders Lee, an Islanders prospect, and T.J. Tynan, a Blue Jackets pick, to get back on track with an important conference series.
This week's College Hockey TV Schedule (all times ET):
Thursday, Jan. 17
Providence at UMass-Lowell -- 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Friday, Jan. 18
Northeastern at Boston University -- 7 p.m. (NESN)
Harvard at Yale -- 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Ferris State at Michigan State -- 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
North Dakota at Minnesota -- 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
Miami at Wisconsin -- 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Saturday, Jan. 19
North Dakota at Minnesota -- 6 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
Alaska at Notre Dame -- 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Miami at Wisconsin -- 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
CBSSports.com College Hockey Power 10
|1. Minnesota (16-3-3) -- Last Week: 1|
|The Gophers survived a scare last Friday, when Alaska Anchorage rolled into town, escaping with a 4-3 victory. Minnesota completed the weekend sweep and is now unbeaten in its last eight.|
|2. Boston College (13-4-2) -- Last Week: 2|
|BC earned a home-and-home split with UNH but showed just how dominant it can be with a 5-2 victory on Friday night, highlighted by three points from Hobey candidate Johnny Gaudreau.|
|3. New Hampshire (14-4-2) -- Last Week: 5|
|The Wildcats vaulted back into the top five by earning a tough split with Boston College. In its 2-1 victory on Saturday, UNH held BC's vaunted offense to only 21 shots.|
|4. Quinnipiac (17-3-3) -- Last Week: 4|
|The Bobcats beat Union for their nation-leading 17th victory and stretched their unbeaten streak to 16. Quinnipiac is allowing an average of only 1.6 goals against per game.|
|5. North Dakota (13-6-3) -- Last Week: 6|
|Despite a stumble against Colorado College, UND continued its climb up the charts with a weekend split. A huge road series at Minnesota, the last between the two in the WCHA, should tell a lot about this team.|
|6. Notre Dame (15-6-0) -- Last Week: 3|
|It has been a bit of a surprising decline for the Irish over the last few weeks after the team surged into the break. Notre Dame will have to answer with a big home series against Alaska to stop the slide.|
|7. Denver (13-6-4) -- Last Week: 8|
|The Pioneers showed some resolve in a very tough series with Nebraska Omaha last weekend. Earning a 7-4 victory and 3-3 tie, DU is now unbeaten in its last five games. A tough WCHA battle awaits this weekend at St. Cloud State.|
|8. Western Michgian (13-5-4) -- Last Week: 9|
|The Broncos continued inching their way up the charts with a tie and victory against Lake Superior State last weekend. The team's staunch defense has shined all season, allowing an average of 1.80 goals against per game.|
|9. Miami (12-5-5) -- Last Week: 7|
|The RedHawks have been on a steady decline in recent weeks and are now winless in their last three. A huge nonconference series against surging Wisconsin this weekend won't make things any easier.|
|10. Yale (9-4-3) -- Last Week: NR|
|Yale has struggled through consistency issues this season but followed up tying Boston College with a pair of big ECAC wins last weekend over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. A big rivalry tilt with Harvard awaits on Friday.|
Dropped Out: Dartmouth (9-5-2)
On the Cusp: Boston University (12-7-0), Dartmouth (9-5-2), Niagara (13-3-4), Nebraska Omaha (13-9-2), UMass-Lowell (11-7-1)