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Big Ten Hockey: Minnesota vs. Michigan State Friday night line combinations

Connor Reilly takes Tom Serratore's spot for Minnesota while Ben Marshall sits. Jake Hildebrand gets the nod in net for Michigan State.

Christian Isackson (#26) is in the lineup tonight
Christian Isackson (#26) is in the lineup tonight
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Although Minnesota (11-2-1, 2-0-0-0 Big Ten) made a couple moves public before Friday's game against Michigan State (5-7-0, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten), there is still one which comes as a surprise.

Junior defenseman Ben Marshall (Detroit Red Wings) sits Friday for the top-ranked Gophers. In his place is freshman Jake Bischoff (New York Islanders), who missed both games against Wisconsin as the odd man out on the blue line. Head coach Don Lucia said he would play following the series against the Badgers and indeed Bischoff is in Friday.

[For SB Nation College Hockey's Minnesota-Michigan State preview, click here]

Minnesota freshman forward Taylor Camamrata (Islanders) returns as Tom Serratore (lower body injury) and Vinni Lettieri (unspecified) did not make the trip. Redshirt freshman Connor Reilly takes Serratore's place. A.J. Michaelson, Christian Isackson (Buffalo Sabres) and Gabe Guertler all start together on the fourth line.

Adam Wilcox is in goal for Minnesota. Jake Hildebrand gets the nod for Michigan State.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

Forwards

Sam Warning (#11) - Kyle Rau (#7) - Hudson Fasching (#24)

Nate Condon (#16) - Justin Kloos (#25) - Taylor Cammarata (#13)

Connor Reilly (#21) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Seth Ambroz (#17)

A.J. Michaelson (#15) - Gabe Guertler (#27) - Christian Isackson (#26)

Defense

Brady Skjei (#2) - Justin Holl (#12)

Jake Bischoff (#28) - MIke Reilly (#5)

Jake Parenteau (#6) - Michael Brodzinski (#20)

Goaltenders

Adam Wilcox (#32)

Michael Shibrowski (#1)

Ryan Coyne (#31)

Michigan State University Spartans

Forwards:

Ryan Keller (#12) - Lee Reimer (#22) - Greg Wolde (#86)

Mackenzie MacEachern (#15) - Thomas Ebbing (#28) - William Haag (#26)

Dean Chelios (#16) - Michael Ferrantino (#20) - Joe Cox (#21)

Matt DeBlouw (#19) - Justin Hoomaian (#24) - Brent Darnell (#25)

Defense:

RJ Boyd (#5) - John Draeger (#7)

Jake Chelios (#42) - Brock Krygier (#17)

Nickolas Gatt (#14) - Rhett Holland (#11)

Goaltenders:

Jake Hildebrand (#30)

Will Yanakeff (#37)

Nate Phillips (#32)


Today's game begins at 6 p.m. CT and airs on both Fox Sports North Plus (Minnesota) and Fox Sports Detroit Plus (Michigan). It's also available on BTN2Go.com if you are not in either area.

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Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation and College Hockey News. You can also follow him on Twitter --