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Badgers men’s hockey preview: No. 20 Wisconsin hosts No. 16 Minnesota | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey

No. 20 UW vs. No. 16 Minnesota

When, where: 7 tonight and Saturday night, Kohl Center.

TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin, with Brian Posick, Bill Brophy and Piper Shaw.

Radio: 1310 AM, with Robb Vogel and Ian Perrin.

Badgers (4-4)

Coach: Tony Granato, 38-38-5 in his third season at UW and overall.

Player to watch: Since opening the season with five goals and seven points in his first four games, sophomore right wing Sean Dhooghe has been held without a point in the past four.

Injury report: Sophomore left wing Linus Weissbach (right hand) is out. Junior goaltender Jack Berry (undisclosed) is questionable.

You should know: In the first five seasons of Big Ten Conference hockey, the Badgers opened league play with a victory only once — at Michigan in 2016. They lost to Minnesota in 2013, Penn State in 2014, Michigan in 2015 and Ohio State in 2017. … UW is averaging 4.5 goals scored in four games at the Kohl Center this season. Its all-time average in the venue entering 2018-19 was 3.13, and the single-season high is 4.45 in 2009-10.

Golden Gophers (1-3-1)

Coach: Bob Motzko, first season at Minnesota, 277-195-50 in his 14th season overall.

Player to watch: Freshman left wing Sampo Ranta signed with the Badgers but was released from his National Letter of Intent after he was unable to gain admission to school. The third-round draft pick of Colorado has two goals in his first five games for Minnesota.

You should know: Minnesota ruined UW’s senior weekend at the Kohl Center last season, sweeping two contests by a combined 11-3 to start the Badgers’ six-game losing streak to finish the campaign. … Motzko has the same record through his first five games leading the Gophers as his predecessor and former boss, Don Lucia, did in 1999-2000. That’s the only season out of 66 that the Badgers and Gophers have competed in which UW won every game against Minnesota.

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