UW starts the Big Ten season at Michigan and ends it at Minnesota and has a nine-week stretch where it doesn't need to leave Wisconsin to play.
Sources said the defending regular-season champion Badgers men's hockey team will open Big Ten play with two of the top title contenders.
The Badgers will play Bemidji State in the opening round on Friday.
It's only the second time the Badgers have had two players in the top 10.
The Badgers paid for a lackluster effort in the second period as the Gophers beat UW for the first time in six championship-round games.
A four-goal second period by Minnesota was too much for the Badgers to overcome.
The Gophers scored four times in the second period to defeat the Badgers in a championship-round game for the first time in six tries.
The Badgers are 5-0 against Minnesota in a playoff championship round.
Cole Caufield scored his 27th goal of the season 6 minutes, 50 seconds into the extra session to send the fifth-ranked Badgers past the Nittany Lions 4-3 on Monday in the Big Ten semifinals.
Cole Caufield scored twice, including the winner in overtime to send the Badgers to the Big Ten championship game.
Holloway has 32 points in 18 games since the start of January for the Badgers entering the Big Ten playoff semifinals.
The Badgers and the Nittany Lions play the first semifinal game at the Big Ten tournament in South Bend, Indiana.
The Badgers have played most of the last three games with a rotation of two defensive pairs and have allowed only one goal.
The Big Ten asks coaches and some media members near the end of every hockey season to vote on a set of awards honoring player accomplishments…
Caufield won Freshman of the Year last season and is one of three up for the top award as a sophomore.
The Big Ten regular-season championship was a goal for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team at the start of the season in November.
Cole Caufield scores twice to give the Badgers a 2-1 victory at Michigan State and the Big Ten title on the final day of the regular season.
The Badgers won the Big Ten championship in the final game of the regular season in East Lansing, Michigan.
Robbie Beydoun, playing in his home state, makes 28 saves as the Badgers keep the heat on Minnesota in the chase for the Big Ten title.
The Badgers opened the final series of the regular season with a victory at Munn Ice Arena.
They have combined for a .934 save percentage and 8-1-1 record in alternating starts over the past five weeks.
Sophomore Cole Caufield could be the 10th player to lead a Western NCAA men's hockey league's points race in consecutive seasons.
The Badgers are in second place in the Big Ten going into the final series at Michigan State.
If a 7-0 victory against Ohio State at LaBahn Arena was Cole Caufield's last time playing at home for the Badgers, it was the kind of effort UW fans will want to remember him by.
The Badgers closed their home schedule with a rout of the Buckeyes fueled by three goals from Cole Caufield.