Friday reading: Previews, features and predictions

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais wants an on-campus ice arena badly.

CC will find out about its defensive depth with sophomore Eamonn McDermott out of action for the next month. Senior Arthur Bidwill is a more than capable replacement.

Here’s a capsule preview on the SCSU at CC series.

Bemidji State is becoming a familiar foe to Denver. They play at Magness this weekend. DU freshman Ty Loney’s role continues to grow for the Pioneers.

The rivalry between host North Dakota and Minnesota dates back to 1948 in this lookback article. The Gophers may not be back to the Ralph very often with each team leaving the WCHA for 2013-14.

Minnesota hopes to steady the ship a bit after a 6-6-1 run of late. The superior play of Erik Haula has been a key development. The Gophers have had their share of secondary scoring though, a key to getting on another tear, even if they’re not taking on the AHA’s weak sisters. Here’s a video preview of the series.

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais isn’t leaving the Mavs any time soon, despite a rumor to the contrary. The defending NCAA champs Minnesota-Duluth, ranked No. 1 in both major polls, have been a big fan draw at home or on the road, like this weekend in Omaha.

Wisconsin travels to Minnesota State in Mankato. Here’s a capsule preview and a feature on UW’s Ryan Little.

The parity in the WCHA gives Alaska-Anchorage an outside chance at home playoff ice. They’ll need to get on a roll starting this weekend at Michigan Tech.

Here’s the Star Tribune’s predictions.

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