The Badgers take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State in a uniquely formatted weekend series on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT in Columbus, Ohio, and on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT in the one of the world’s most famous arenas: Madison Square Garden. The unique venue on Saturday is part of the Big 10’s “Super Saturday,” in which the puck will drop just seven hours after the Badger men’s basketball team tips off with Rutgers in the same arena.

This weekend series, along with being played in a unique venue and time slot, holds large significance for Wisconsin in terms of their Big 10 regular season championship hopes. If the Badgers were able to pull off a sweep of the No. 8 Buckeyes, they would be catapulted into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Minnesota (each with 18 points).

Following a huge home win against Minnesota, a stellar road performance would be just what the doctor ordered for this young, yet talented club. In the next 5 series, the Badgers play three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally (No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 Minnesota, and No. 8 Ohio State). A strong month could result in the Badgers not only realistically threatening the top talent of the Big 10, but could also potentially elevate the team into the top 20 in the nation.