The border battle faces off in Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday. Everyone loves a good dustup between the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers and the No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers so this week’s tilts in "Mad Town" ought to be good.
The Gophers badly need to avoid another sluggish start like their embarrassing first period against Michigan State last Friday. Although it wasn’t as bad as the Denver Broncos, who have pretty much redefined the term "embarrassing start" for all time.
The Gophers will still be without the services of two important players, Tom Serratore and Mike Brodzinski (injured). Each contributes every night and Serratore’s big hits — always clean and open-ice — can change the complexion of a game. One or two of those might have provided some spark when it was needed in the first half of the Michigan State opener on Friday.
Ho Hum, Still No. 1: Yet again, Minnesota is the top-ranked team in all the land. This week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Poll is thus: