College Hockey Power 10: Week 20

Every week here at Eye on Hockey, we'll provide the College Hockey Power 10, highlighting the top teams across college hockey.

The College Hockey Power 10 is a collaboration between Eye on Hockey blogger Chris Peters and CBS Sports Network Hockey analyst Dave Starman.

The final weekend of college hockey’s regular season is here, and there is much left to be decided. Conference playoff seeding is on the line, while regular-season conference champions in Hockey East and the WCHA remain to be crowned.

Looking back on the season to date, it’s remarkable to see such parity. There really is no clear elite team in the country right now. Really, any of the 10 teams on this list and beyond could make a run to a national title. That’s how tight everything is.

This weekend is the appetizer for the next several weeks of what should be incredible college hockey action as the march to the Frozen Four begins in earnest.

Friday on CBS Sports Network: Boston University at Northeastern -- 7:30 p.m. ET

The last game of the year on CBS Sports Network is upon us. This was the 10th season on the air for the folks on the TV side, and a big congratulations goes out to Dave Starman and everyone behind the scenes who have made these games so enjoyable over the last decade.

Boston University has had such struggles at times this year but only trails first-place UMass-Lowell by four points heading into the last weekend of the regular season. A lot would have to go right for the Terriers to sneak away with the Hockey East regular-season title, but the fact that they’re still in it is pretty remarkable and a sign of the parity within Hockey East.

The Terriers boast a lineup that features a litany of pro prospects, including a pair of San Jose draftees leading the team in scoring. Freshman Danny O’Regan has quietly put together a 30-point season to lead BU, while junior Matt Nieto has been on a tear of late and paces the team with 15 goals.

Northeastern is looking to close out a disappointing season. The Huskies are 9-19-4 and have only five wins in Hockey East play. That said, Northeastern has one of the most exciting freshmen in the country in Kevin Roy. The Anaheim Ducks prospect leads the team with 17 goals and 34 points.

This week's College Hockey TV Schedule (all times ET):

Friday, March 8

Boston University at Northeastern -- 7:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Maine at New Hampshire -- 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
UMass at Merrimack -- 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
St. Cloud State at Wisconsin -- 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
Minnesota at Bemidji State -- 8:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)

Saturday, March 9

Maine at New Hampshire -- 4 p.m. (NESN)
Minnesota at Bemidji State -- 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
St. Cloud State at Wisconsin -- 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports) College Hockey Power 10

1. Minnesota (22-7-5) -- Last Week: 1
Minnesota needs a little help from rival Wisconsin to sweep St. Cloud State this weekend to have a shot at the WCHA regular-season title, but the Gophers are still in good position heading into the postseason. Minnesota's best players are really firing on all cylinders, and that makes the Gophers awfully tough.
2. Miami (22-9-5) -- Last Week: 2
Having wrapped up the final regular-season title in CCHA history, the RedHawks will be able to take a breather this weekend as the CCHA conference tournament begins. Miami goes into the postseason having won 10 of its last 13.
3. New Hampshire (18-8-6) -- Last Week: 5
The Wildcats are just one point back of Hockey East-leading UMass-Lowell. With a big weekend series at home against Maine, UNH still has a great shot at closing out the regular season as Hockey East champion in a hotly contested race to the finish.
4. Quinnipiac (24-5-5) -- Last Week: 3
After a surprising 2-1 OT loss to Harvard on Friday, the Bobcats bounced back with a 4-1 victory over Dartmouth. QU heads into the ECAC tournament as the top seed, regular-season champion and with a first-round bye.
5. North Dakota (18-9-7) -- Last Week: 7
Like Minnesota, North Dakota still can win the WCHA regular-season title with a little help. UND has a tough task on the road at Minnesota State. Seniors Corban Knight and Danny Kristo have been the nation's most dynamic duo.
6. Boston College (19-10-3) -- Last Week: 6
Closing out the Hockey East season at Vermont, BC still has a shot at the regular-season title as well. After such a terrific start to the season, it's hard to believe the Eagles are in this position. Seven of BC's 10 losses have come since January.
7. UMass-Lowell (21-9-2) -- Last Week: NR
The RiverHawks are the nation's hottest team and are in the driver's seat for the Hockey East title. With a tough home-and-home remaining with Providence, it won't be easy to close, but Lowell is 17-2-1 since Dec. 8. Dangerous team.
8. St. Cloud (20-13-1) -- Last Week: 4
A win against Wisconsin this weekend ensures St. Cloud the WCHA regular-season title. The Huskies could have clinched last weekend but fell to Michigan Tech. Going into Madison with so much on the line is going to be difficult.
9. Western Michigan (19-9-8) -- Last Week: 8
The Broncos will be able to breathe easy this weekend as the CCHA tournament gets underway. WMU finished third in the conference after ending the season on a low note with a 1-0 loss to last-place Michigan State.
10. Notre Dame (21-12-3) -- Last Week: 9
The Irish took care of business last weekend against Bowling Green to earn a bye with a second-place finish in CCHA play. Notre Dame is unbeaten in its last five heading into the postseason, so they might be getting hot at the right time.

DROPPED OUT: Minnesota State (21-10-3)

ON THE CUSP: Denver (17-11-5), Minnesota State (21-10-3), Providence (14-11-7), Wisconsin (16-11-7), Niagara (21-8-5)

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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