This is a very interesting series, with both teams figuring to finish in the middle of the standings. Merrimack has really struggled the past few weeks after a 4 game unbeaten streak. Providence has been similarly up and down, having been shutout in three of their last five games. In the other two games during that period, they won, scoring six and seven goals, respectively.
Boston College (10-1-0, 8-1-0 HE) vs. Boston University (7-4-0, 5-3-0 HE)
This could be the series Jerry York ties and breaks the all-time wins record by a Division I college hockey coach. Jack Parker can't possibly want to see that happen against his Terriers. BC won the first meeting between these two teams at Agganis, 4-2.
Vermont (2-7-2, 2-5-2 HE) at Maine (2-9-1, 1-5-1 HE)
This is Maine's big opportunity to get the ball rolling, especially offensively. Vermont brings little to the table offensively, being a team made up mostly of grinders. This should allow the Black Bears skilled players to break the slump. Joey Diamond, Mark Anthoine, Kyle Beattie and the freshmen trio should be able to use their superior talent to find the back of the net against Catamounts freshman goaltender Brody Hoffman.
UMass-Lowell (4-5-1, 2-4-1 HE) vs. New Hampshire (9-1-2, 6-1-1 HE)
This is a much bigger series for UMass-Lowell than it is for UNH. The River Hawks, the pre-season pick for second, need to show some desperation and add to their two game winning streak or at least take two points out of this series. The Wildcats, off to a real solid start, will look to keep in gear and solidify their spot in the upper echelon of the league.
Northeastern (4-7-1, 2-6-1 HE) vs. UMass-Amherst (4-5-2, 3-5-1 HE)
This is probably the least intriguing series of the weekend, in part to Northeastern's inability to beat anyone not named Alabama-Huntsville after a 2-0 start. UMass, besides a stinker against Lowell, has played well on the young season, especially considering the tough schedule.