Friday reading: Playoff scenarios, previews, pro updates

The Grand Forks Herald does a good job breaking down the playoff scenarios in the WCHA.

Concussions have taken a toll on Wisconsin this season which plays Minnesota this weekend.

The MSU Mankato Mavericks have rounded the corner after a spate of injuries, something their opponent this weekend, North Dakota, would love to able to say. The Mav freshmen are leading the team.

The four Alaska Anchorage seniors have two final home games this weekend, when the Seawolves host Bemidji State. Both teams are headed on the road for next week’s WCHA playoffs.

No 2 Minnesota Duluth heads to St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs have a chance at winning the regular season title while SCSU could garner home playoff ice if the stars align right. UMD has a good defensive line coach Scott Sandelin relies on.

Colorado College’s seniors know and accept that how they perform over the next couple weeks will determine how they are remembered. A win Friday night would clinch home playoff ice. Ticket sales would start immediately after the game against visiting Michigan Tech.

The Denver Athletics Twitter account announced that freshman goaltender Jussi Olkinuora will start in goal tonight for the Pioneers against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Here’s NHL.com’s take on the series. Apparently not all of DU’s equipment (13 of 22 player bags) did not make the initial trip to Omaha.

Former Tiger goalie Drew O’Connell was re-signed by the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, which found themselves  couple netminders short due to AHL promotions.

Aaron Slattengren is trying to lead the Colorado Eagles to the playoffs in their first season in the ECHL.

Mark Stuart picked up two assists for Winnipeg against Florida.

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