This weekend is all about the Super Bowl. Will Peyton Manning close out a great career with a second Super Bowl title or will rising star Cam Newton win his first Lombardi Trophy? Before you settle in for the big game, though, a busy local lineup will be help keep you entertained.
Here’s your weekend watch guide:
Gophers women’s hockey vs. North Dakota, 6:07 p.m., listen at gophersports.com
Need to know: Gophers' former women’s college hockey Player of the Year Amanda Kessel returns to the ice after missing two seasons.
Gophers men’s hockey vs. Penn State, 7 p.m. BTN, 1500-AM
Need to know: The Gophers hope to rebound in conference play after being swept in the North Star College Cup by in-state rivals Bemidji State and Minnesota State last weekend.
Hockey Day Minnesota high school lineup
-Duluth Denfeld vs. Eveleth-Gilbert, 10 a.m., FSN
-Duluth East vs. Lakeville North, 1 p.m., FSN
Gophers men’s hockey vs. Penn State, 4 p.m., FSN, 1500-AM
Need to know: The Gophers have a chance to separate themselves in the Big Ten standings from third-place Penn State. The Gophers enter the series tied for first place with Michigan.
Gophers women’s hockey vs. North Dakota, 4:07 p.m., listen at gophersports.com
Need to know: North Dakota is one of only two teams to beat the Gophers this year, a 4-3 victory Oct. 30 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Wild at St. Louis, 7 p.m., FSN, 100.3-FM
Need to know: The Wild is 0-2 since the NHL All-Star break and on a four-game losing streak. The team has won only three games in 2016.
Timberwolves vs. Chicago, 7 p.m., No TV, 830-AM
Need to know: The Wolves are coming off a 108-102 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Andrew Wiggins helped hold off the Clippers with a game-high 31 points. The game won’t be on TV, so you’ll have to listen on the radio.
Gophers women’s basketball, 2 p.m., BTN, 1500-AM
Need to know: The Gophers have won five of their last six games and are coming off an 85-72 victory against Rutgers. They are currently sixth in the Big Ten standings, but are ranked 99th in the RPI rankings.
Super Bowl 50, Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4, 100.3-FM
Need to know: Denver's veteran quarterback Peyton Manning and Carolina's rising star Cam Newton face off in Super Bowl 50. Coldplay is the halftime performer. Even some Minnesotans/former Vikings will be on display in the big game. Also, make sure you check out the Star Tribune's 50 years of Super Bowl memories.