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Minnesota to battle Michigan for first time this season in Minneapolis

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Minnesota and Michigan meet each football season for the Little Brown Jug. Well, the hockey teams meet this weekend in the first ever series as members of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Friday’s contest starts at 8pm on BTN/BTN2Go.com while Saturday’s 7pm affair is covered by FOX Sports North/BTN2Go.com. Let’s take you inside the numbers.

259: Friday will mark the series’ two hundred and sixtieth meeting between Minnesota and Michigan, with two hundred and fifty-nine games going the way of Minnesota (128-117-14).

3: Only three active Gophers have played versus the Wolverines—and all of them did it as freshmen. They are Nate Condon, Justin Holl, and Tom Serratore.

2: Two Michigan players have all-time experience against the Gophers. They are Mac Bennett and Luke Moffatt.

37: With Taylor Cammarata’s goal on Thursday night, that gave Gopher freshmen thirty-seven on the season. That ranks second only to Boston College’s youngsters, who have thirty-eight.

24: With twenty-four conversions in over one hundred attempts, Minnesota has the better power play unit by both number of conversions and conversion percentage (.189). Michigan’s .176% is 16-91.

5: Neither of these two teams take very many penalties, and in fact, both teams take less than five per game, with Michigan taking five on average and Minnesota taking just over four per contest.

4: In the last four meetings at Mariucci Arena between these two teams, Minnesota is 3-1-0. The biggest goal differential in a victory for the Gophers was an 8-2 victory on November 25, 2006.

Geoff Discher is Examiner.com's Minnesota Golden Gophers Hockey Examiner as well as the National College Hockey Examiner. Leave a comment below, or feel free to reach him at Disch61@hotmail.com with comments, story ideas, or any general talk surrounding college hockey. You can find him on Facebook as well by clicking here as well as here and joining the conversation from the social media side as well. He's always chock full of fact and opinion. I’m also on Twitter @Disch_InTheVOX. Check it out!

Until next time, I'll see you at the rink!

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