The Gopher men's hockey team opens a two-game series Friday against Minnesota State at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota is ranked No. 2 behind Boston College. SB Nation says Minnesota received three first-place votes in the last USCHO poll. A solid series combined with any slip-up by Boston will push the Gophers to the top spot.
Although Minnesota alway looks better on paper, history shows match-ups with MSU are always pretty close.
The Star Tribune predicts a Gophers sweep. MSU has had success in the past banging up the Gophers, but Minnesota has size and speed. Decent goaltending should earn the 'U' a 'W.'
Saturday, the Mavericks host Minnesota at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.