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Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota Meet For Weekend Home-and-Home Series

Matt Christians

If you're looking for this game on television: Both Friday and Saturday are on Fox Sports North Plus.

Who: #13 Minnesota Duluth vs. #1 Minnesota

Where: Friday night, Minnesota hosts the Bulldogs are Mariucci Arena. On Saturday, UMD hosts the Gophers at AmSoil Arena.

When: Friday night is scheduled to start at 7:00pm, Saturday is schedule to start at 7:07.

How to Watch: It's on Fox Sports North Plus, you guys. Saturday's game will also air nationally on Fox College Sports.

Who to Follow: Chris Dilks(@ChrisDilks), and Nate Wells(@gopherstate) will be at Friday's game. Matt Christians(@Matt_Christians) will be at both legs of the series, though probably taking pictures and stuff.

-This is the first match-up of the year between teams that have already played on a prior weekend. These two teams opened up the college hockey season on a Friday afternoon in Indiana with Minnesota taking away a 4-3 victory. Minnesota took a 4-1 lead into the third period in that game, but two early third period goals by UMD turned what seemed like a blowout into a very close game late in the third period. That game was about as neutral a site as you can get with the arena nearly empty. Expect the crowds this weekend, especially in Duluth on Saturday night, to be much more partisan.

-Minnesota is 15-0-2 in their last 17 home games. That streak dates back a November 29th win over Wisconsin. The game prior to that was a 6-2 loss at home to Minnesota Duluth.

-On the injury front, Travis Boyd and Brady Skjei are still out for Minnesota. Also, the Gophers will be without Vinni Lettieri, who took a puck to the head last Sunday against Notre Dame. Minnesota Duluth captain Adam Krause is still out with a broken wrist.

-There's no controversy in the nets for either side. Injury is the only thing that would keep Adam Wilcox from starting a game of importance for Minnesota, and even then, Minnesota would maybe just tie him up to the net Milhouse style. Meanwhile for Duluth, Kasimir Kaskisuo has come a long way since letting in his first two shots on goal against the Gophers just over a month ago. He's shown the ability to carry Minnesota Duluth through some rough patches in their play and will likely need to come up big more than a few times this weekend to slow down the Gopher offense.

-If there's a key match-up to watch out for this weekend, Minnesota Duluth leads the country with 56 penalty kill attempts on the season. Minnesota has the second-most efficient power play in the country at 32.3%. If the Bulldogs can't stay out of the penalty box, the likes of Mike Reilly, Kyle Rau, Hudson Fasching, and Taylor Cammarata are going to make them pay.