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Statistical website gives hockey Gophers a 46 percent chance at NCAA tourney

Believe it or not, the Golden Gophers men's hockey team isn't a lock to make the NCAA tournament. The Gophers are at the top of the WCHA standings, but their No. 13 ranking in the PairWise hurts their chances. A website called PlayoffStatus.com gives the Gophers a 46 percent chance to make the NCAA tournament.
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Believe it or not, the Golden Gophers men's hockey team isn't a lock to make the NCAA tournament. The Gophers are at the top of the WCHA standings, but their No. 13 ranking in the PairWise hurts their chances. A website called PlayoffStatus.com gives the Gophers a 46 percent chance to make the NCAA tournament.

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