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2013 Mr. Hockey Award winner Grant Besse (12) has eight points in his last five games against Minnesota.
2013 Mr. Hockey Award winner Grant Besse (12) has eight points in his last five games against Minnesota.
Greg Anderson

This post is designed to act in lieu of a pregame blog for Minnesota-Wisconsin Friday and Saturday with all the important information. Where to watch, who is playing, and most importantly - HOW THE (BLEEP) DO I FIND ASN?

Relax, fictional reader I made up in my head. I got you.

Projected Friday lines:

University of Wisconsin

Forwards

Adam Rockwood (#11) - Luke Kunin (#9) - Grant Besse (#12)

Matt Freytag (#15) - Ryan Wagner (#13) - Will Johnson (#17)

Cameron Hughes (#19) - Seamus Malone (#18) - Jedd Soleway (#24)

Jason Ford (#21) - Matt Ustaski (#27) - Corbin McGuire (#3)

Defense

Jake Linhart (#10) - Eddie Wittchow (#20)

Kevin Schulze (#28) - Patrick Sexton (#4)

Jake Bunz (#7) - Tim Davison (#26)

Goaltender

Matt Jurusik (#30) will start

Adam Miller (#31)

Gabe Grunwald (#34)

Wisconsin's projected lines come via Andy Baggot, formerly Wisconsin State Journal, now with the University of Wisconsin.

University of Minnesota

Forwards

Leon Bristedt (#18) - Tommy Novak (#17) - Hudson Fasching (#24)

Connor Reilly (#21) - Justin Kloos (#25) - Tyler Sheehy (#22)

Brent Gates Jr. (#10) - Vinni Lettieri (#19) - Taylor Cammarata (#13)

Ryan Norman (#23) - Darian Romanko (#26) - Jack Ramsey (#16)

Defense

Nick Seeler (#11) - Jack Glover (#3)

Jake Bischoff (#28) - Michael Brodzinski (#20)

Steve Johnson (#4) - Ryan Collins (#6)

Goaltenders

Eric Schierhorn (#37) will start

Nick Lehr (#34)


Despite practicing Tuesday, senior A.J. Michaelson is not expected to play this weekend. Head coach Don Lucia believed Michaelson, who suffered an upper body injury blocking a shot against Harvard on January 2nd, is one more week away from returning to the lineup. He has missed the last four games.

In his place has been an all-freshman fourth line of Romanko, Norman and Ramsey.

"I thought they were really good last weekend," said Lucia. "We made a little adjustment during the game, moving Romanko back to center, Norman to wing, the three played well together generating scoring chances. I thought just about every shift over the course of the weekend they played well.

"They did that against Penn State as well, and that's a good thing going on the road. You have no control of your matchups."

(Friday's full lines, as well as Saturday's, will be updated here.)

Quick hits:

Where: Madison, WI

When: Friday 8:00 p.m. CT, Saturday 7:00 p.m. CT

Records entering Friday: Minnesota (11-10-0, 6-2-0-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (4-10-6, 1-5-2-1 Big Ten)

Standings: Minnesota (T-1st w/ 18 points), Wisconsin (T-4th w/ 6 points)

Watch on TV: BTN (Friday), ASN syndication (Saturday)

Stream: BTN2GO (both nights)

Radio: 1500 ESPN (Twin Cities)/Gopher Radio Network, WIBA 1310 AM (Madison)/Badger Radio Network

How to watch ASN on Saturday:

American Sports Network (ASN) is a syndication service that does not have one set channel. It depends on where you live as to whether you get the game.  Normally I'd say check out the list on ASN's website. That didn't help much. Typing in both Madison and Minneapolis zip codes ended up with this.

Instead, here are the channels clearing Saturday's game. Thanks goes to Todd Milewski and the University of Wisconsin.

While there is no guarantee the game will be on in your area nationally or show up in the TV Guide, the big ones are below.

Twin Cities: The CW 23. This is the main CW channel. It can be channel 8 on Comcast, but is listed as CW 23.

Madison: WMSN 47-3 (GRIT TV). This is a digital subchannel of the Fox affiliate.

In addition, CSN Chicago Plus has in the past been a good option for DirecTV or Dish subscribers who are in an area that is without one of the digital subchannels (i.e. GRIT TV or ME TV or Decades TV).

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Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten.He'll be in Madison this weekend covering the series. You can also follow him on Twitter --