Thursday, Wisconsin (17-6 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) faces a daunting road game at Michigan State (19-4, 10-2). The Spartans moved up one spot in each poll, to No. 10 in the AP and No. 9 according to the coaches.
Big Ten-leading Illinois (27-0, 13-0) remains a unanimous No. 1 in each poll.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team remained No. 6 in the USCHO.com/CSTV top-15 poll, after splitting a home series with then-No. 3 Colorado College over the weekend. The first-place Tigers (18-6-2 WCHA, 25-6-3 overall) moved into a tie for the No. 2 spot with Cornell.
In addition to UW and CC, two other WCHA teams grace the USCHO rankings. Denver (17-5-2, 22-7-2) remained No. 1 for the second straight week, while Minnesota (13-10-1, 20-12-1) slipped from No. 10 to No. 12.
Denver and CC are 1-2 in the Pairwise rankings, which mimic the NCAA's selection process. Minnesota is No. 5 in the Pairwise, while Wisconsin (16-7-1, 21-9-2) is in a four-way tie for seventh. The Badgers' opponent this week, North Dakota (11-12-1, 16-13-3), is No. 15.
The Wisconsin women's hockey team remained at No. 4 in the USCHO.com top-10 women's poll after sweeping a road series from Bemidji State over the weekend.
Fellow WCHA squads Minnesota (24-0-2, 29-1-2) and Minnesota-Duluth (21-3-2, 23-3-2) remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectfully.
Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin (18-7-1, 24-7-1) also come in 1-2-4 in the Pairwise rankings.