Minnesota is getting set for its men’s hockey team to see their final WCHA regular season home opponent—the Denver Pioneers—for a two-game set this weekend. Friday’s 7pm start is on Big Ten Network while Saturday’s 7pm game is on FOX Sports North. Let’s take you “inside the numbers” like we do every week.
2: With two wins in the last ten games played between Minnesota and Denver, the Gophers are looking to change that trend of being 2-8-0 in the last ten starts. Minnesota’s last win versus Denver came as a 7-3 final on February 12th, 2011.
92: In the all-time series, Minnesota owns a 92-71-12 record. In games played in Minneapolis, that series is 51-27-6 to the Gophers.
20: During a string of six straight Pioneer victories from late 2008 to early 2011, Denver scored ten combined goals. Minnesota failed to score half of that, only scoring thrice in the stretch. (Thrice = three times for those who are going to try a jab. It’s an adverb.)
13: Denver enters this weekend’s series with the Gophers as a -13 in the goal scoring department. Minnesota has 117 goals to Denver’s 104.
6: Let’s keep the scoring going. Denver is -6 when you count power play tallies. Minnesota has thirty-six goals compared to Denver’s thirty.
7: Denver’s Daniel Doremus (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-tee-da) has recorded at least one point during seven of the last ten Denver games.
25: During its 5-4 win on Feb 22 vs. North Dakota, Denver scored twice in a twenty-five second span. That was the fourth time this season that DU has scored a couple of goals in under sixty seconds.
4: All but four Minnesota skaters have a point recorded in their careers versus Denver, with Seth Ambroz, Christian Isackson, Ben Marshall, and Tom Serratore still searching for that oasis.
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