In the most unusual injury of the week, Minnesota sophomore forward Zach Budish hurt his knee in a moped accident. At Gophers media day today, head coach Don Lucia said Budish could rehab the injury and perhaps be back by the end of December or early January. He also noted he would recommend surgery, which would end his season. Because he's played in only seven games, Budish would likely be granted a medical hardship waiver, like teammate Jay Barriball was last season. Budish has two goals and four assists this season and was a critical cog on the Gophers' second line which was outstanding in last weekend's sweep of Colorado College. He will decide on having surgery or not by the end of the week.
The Gophers will continue to be without freshmen Nick Bjugstad and Jake Parenteau (mono). Forward Nick Larson (foot) could be back this weekend for a key series with Wisconsin.
- Denver's Jesse Martin remains at Hennepin County Medical Center after a vicious hit by Brad Malone in Grand Forks last weekend fractured Martin's C-2 vertebrae in three places. He will obviously miss the rest of the season, but will hopefully have the chance to continue his hockey career, much like UND's Robbie Bina did a few years back.
- Minnesota State senior captain Rylan Galiardi missed the team's weekend set in Anchorage last weekend after injuring his knee two weeks ago against Colorado College. His injury is not season ending, but will keep him out a couple of more weeks. Look for him to make his return to the lineup when the Mavericks return home against Minnesota the first weekend in December.
- Denver has been ravaged by injuries, including a groin injury to Adam Murray, a wrist injury to Nick Shore and yet another case of mono, this one to Dustin Jackson. Murray has practiced this week and will likely play. Jackson may need another week to get up to speed and Shore has been practicing but is limited with a cast. He will not play this weekend.