MSU at Anchorage: Tonight's game will be a homecoming of sorts for Mavericks freshman Eli Zuck, an Anchorage native who spent four years playing for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. One of the reasons he got a spot in the lineup, though, is coach Troy Jutting's decision to sit the team's penalty leader, Mike Louwerse, for a game. ... As for the Seawolves, junior forward Tommy Grant knows a little something about what Kael Mouillerat's going through. Grant had 15 goals last season but has no goals in Anchorage's last 11 games.
Duluth at Minnesota: The Bulldogs have had plenty of scoring from the likes of Justin Fontaine, but they're 4-0-1 when defenseman Brady Lamb scores. ... Meanwhile, Minnesota is also relying on a defenseman, Brian Schack, who has to play for the Gophers' struggling and depleted lineup.
Wisconsin at St. Cloud: Sticking with the defenseman theme, the Badgers' Ryan McDonough doesn't know his own strength. ... For the Huskies, forward Tony Mosey has displayed his skills this season, scoring four times on the power play.
North Dakota at Denver: This is the league's marquee matchup and might be every year in recent history. However, some key players are likely out for both teams, including UND's Chay Genoway and DU's Marc Cheverie. ... One guy who will play is Pioneers forward Rhett Rakhshani, who has taken an unusual route to college hockey.
Robert Morris at Colorado College: Fresh of of their sweep of Minnesota State, the Tigers will step out of WCHA play for the weekend. But with the parity in college hockey this season, CC is not overlooking the Colonials.
In other WCHA news, the Grand Forks Herald takes a closer look at some of this year's illegal hits, and Inside College Hockey looks at how WCHA officials got a chekcing-from-behind call correct -- eventually.