Rivals Minnesota and North Dakota will meet for the 285th and 286th times when the Gophers play a regular-season series in Grand Forks, N.D., this weekend. Though Minnesota holds the all-time series lead with a 142-128-14 record, UND has the edge in its own building with a 76-64-8 home-ice record.
After splitting last years lone series at North Dakota, Minnesota earned its first regular-season home sweep against UND since 1996 back in early November, with 2-0 and 3-2 wins at Mariucci Arena. Neither team has completed a four-game regular-season series sweep in the rivalry since the Gophers accomplished the feat 20 years ago.
North Dakota got off to a slow start in defending its second MacNaughton Cup in three years in 2011-12. After winning WCHA regular-season and playoff titles and reaching the Frozen Four last year, UND began the year with a 4-7-1 mark and a 2-6-0 record in the conference. However, since Nov. 25, UND has gone 7-1-1 and has not lost a game in regulation.