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Pregame: Sam Warning returns tonight for the Gophers

Posted by: Michael Russo under Gophers Updated: November 30, 2012 - 5:21 PM

After missing nine games with an upper-body injury, left wing Sam Warning will return to his normal slot on the second line tonight as the University of Minnesota gets back to its early-season lines against Nebraska-Omaha.

The Gophers face their biggest test as the Mavericks have won six in a row. The Gophers are 4-0-2 in their last six and unbeaten in nine in a row at Mariucci.

Here is the preview and the advance box from today's paper.

And the line charts:

Gophers

Forwards

Kyle Rau-Nick Bjugstad-Christian Isackson

Sam Warning-Erik Haula-Zach Budish

Nate Condon-Travis Boyd-Seth Ambroz

Tom Serratore-A.J. Michaelson-Jake Parenteau

Defensemen

Brady Skjei-Nate Schmidt

Mike Reilly-Mark Alt

Seth Helgeson-Mark Alt

Goalies

Adam Wilcox

Ryan Coyne

Mavericks

Forwards

Ryan Walters-Dominic Zombo-Josh Archibald

Matt White-Brock Montpetit-Zach Raubenheimer

Brent Gwidt-Johnnie Searfoss-Andrew Schmit

James Polk-Aaron Pearce-Tanner Lane

Defensemen

Jaycob Megna-Andrej Sustr

Tony Turgeon-Bryce Aneloski

Michael Young-Brian O'Rourke

Goalies

John Faulkner

Anthony Stolarz

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