7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. vs. Wisconsin • FSN Plus, 1130-AM, 103.5-FM
Gophers hoping to end slide
Preview: The No. 7 Gophers (9-6-1, 3-4-1-1 Big Ten) are 0-3-1-1 in their past four Big Ten games after being swept at conference-leading Notre Dame last weekend. The Gophers lost 1-0 and 5-2 despite outshooting the Irish 86-58 in the series. The Badgers (9-6-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) are 3-4-2 in their past nine games after opening the season 6-2. The Badgers are coming off a split at home against Mercyhurst. Their 4-2 victory on Sunday was their first win this season in a game in which they trailed. Minnesota and Wisconsin split four games last season — with each team winning once on the road.
Players to watch: Gophers senior F Mike Szmatula, who scored both Gophers goals against Notre Dame, has 99 career points. Sophomore D Tyler Nanne assisted on both goals for the first multipoint game of his career. G Eric Schierhorn has started 91 consecutive games — tied for fifth-most in NCAA history. Badgers sophomore F Trent Frederic, a first-round pick of the Boston Bruins in the NHL draft in 2016, has six goals this season but just one goal in the past nine games. Senior F Ryan Wagner has 14 points (seven goals and seven assists), tying him for the team lead with Will Johnson (5, 9).
Numbers: The series opener will be the 282nd game between the two. The Gophers lead the series 166-92-23. The only opponent the Gophers have faced more is North Dakota.