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Gophers Hockey: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin 11/16 line combinations

Line combinations for Friday night's college hockey opener between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

University of Minnesota sophomore Kyle Rau
University of Minnesota sophomore Kyle Rau
Minnesota Athletics

Minnesota is keeping close to what worked last weekend in Anchorage, where the team took 3 of 4 points, with a couple changes. Sam Warning continues to be out with an undisclosed injury and for the first time this season Ryan Reilly and A.J. Michaelson (who normally switch off with each other as the fourth line center) play in the same regular season game.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, is missing leading scorer Mark Zengerle, who broke his finger two weekends ago against Colorado College.

In net for Minnesota is Adam Wilcox (Tampa Bay Lightning), who starts his sixth straight game. His backup is not Michael Shibrowski, who isn't dressed, but Ryan Coyne. Wisconsin hasn't announced their goalie but warmups lean towards sophomore Landon Peterson over Joel Rumpel.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

Forwards

Kyle Rau (#7) - Nick Bjugstad (#27) - Christian Isackson (#26)

Nate Condon (#16) - Erik Haula (#19) - Zach Budish (#24)

Ryan Reilly (#9) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Seth Ambroz (#17)

Tom Serratore (#14) - A.J. Michaelson (#15) - Justin Holl (#12)

Defense

Seth Helgeson (#4) - Ben Marshall (#10)

Brady Skjei (#2) - Nate Schmidt (#29)

Mike Reilly (#5) - Mark Alt (#20)

Goaltenders

Adam Wilcox (#32)

Ryan Coyne

University of Wisconsin Badgers

Forwards

Joseph Labate (#16) - Jefferson Dahl (#14) - Tyler Barnes (#7)

Morgan Zulinick (#15) - Derek Lee (#23) - Michael Mersch (#25)

Ryan Little (#20) - Brendan Woods (#21) - Keegan Meuer (#12)

Brad Navin (#26) - Matt Paape (#8) - Sean Little (#18)

Defense

Kevin Schulze (#28) - John Ramage (#55)

Chase Drake (#5) - Joe Faust (#24)

Jake McCabe (#19) - Frankie Simonelli)

Goalies

Landon Peterson (#30)

Joel Rumpel (#33)

Remember, tonight's game starts at 7 p.m. on FSN+ (check your local listings here) rather than the main channel.

For more University of Minnesota coverage, check out The Daily Gopher. For more University of Wisconsin coverage, go to Bucky's Fifth Quarter. You can also find WCHA and NCAA coverage atWestern College Hockey and SB Nation's NHL Hub.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.