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Michigan State at Minnesota Pregame Notes & Line Combinations (February 27)

Michigan State needs three points to stay in the Big Ten conference title race while Minnesota's Don Lucia would break the school's all-time wins record

Matt Dewkett

Who: Michigan State at Minnesota in the second of a two-game series at Mariucci Arena

When: 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

TV: BTN (Dan Kelly, Ben Clymer and Jamie Hersch)

Radio: 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities (Wally Shaver and Frank Mazzocco) and WJIM 1240 AM for East Lansing (Scott Moore and Rob Woodward)

Stream: BTN2Go

SB Nation Sites: The Only Colors (Michigan State), The Daily Gopher (Minnesota)

Pregame Reading Links:

-Minnesota won 5-3 Thursday, scoring five consecutive goals. Also wrote some postgame thoughts this afternoon.

-Michigan State's Travis Walsh got injured.

-The Only Colors' recap

-Our latest ten in the ongoing SB Nation College Hockey Top 100 NHL Prospects Series.

Line Combinations

Minnesota is going with the same line combinations as last night at least at forward and defense. Whether Adam Wilcox or Nick Lehr is in net remains to be seen. (Update 7:35 p.m. CT Adam Wilcox came out first for Minnesota and assuming he gets the start.)

Michigan State is without Travis Walsh, who left Thursday's game after blocking a shot with his helmet. It's not surprising - Spartans head coach Tom Anastos said that he would be going to the hospital for x-rays and a CT scan. Sophomore Chris Knudson takes his place on the blue line. Rhett Holland slides up to be on a pairing with freshman Josh Jacobs.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

Forwards:

Leon Bristedt (#18) - Kyle Rau (#7) - Hudson Fasching (#24)

Sam Warning (#11) - Travis Boyd (#22) - Seth Ambroz (#17)

Taylor Cammarata (#13) - Justin Kloos (#25) - Vinni Lettieri (#19)

AJ Michaelson (#15) - Christian Isackson (#26) - Jack Glover (#3)

Scratched: Robin Hoglund (#29), Connor Reilly (#21, injured), Mitch Roegge (#27), Ryan Reilly (#9)

Defense

Brady Skjei (#2) - Ryan Collins (#6)

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

Ben Marshall (#10) - Michael Brodzinski (#20)

Scratched: Steve Johnson (#4)

Goaltenders: (starter in bold)

Adam Wilcox (#32)

Nick Lehr (#34)

Ryan Coyne (#31)


Michigan State University Spartans

Forwards

Ryan Keller (#12) - Michael Ferrantino (#20) - Joe Cox (#21)

Mackenzie MacEachern (#15) - Matt DeBlouw (#19) - Matt Berry (#27)

Villiam Haag (#26) - Thomas Ebbing (#28) - Brent Darnell (#25)

David Bondra (#92) - Connor Wood (#9) - JT Stenglein (#22)

Scratches: Tanner Sorenson (#10), Dylan Pavelek (#14), Justin Hoomaian (#24)

Defense

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

Rhett Holland (#11) - Josh Jacobs (#8)

Brock Krygier (#17) - Chris Knudson (#6)

Scratches: Travis Walsh (#4), Carson Gatt (#18)

Goaltenders (Starter in bold)

Jake Hildebrand (#30)

Edwin Minney (#45)

Follow: Nate Wells is live from Mariucci Arena and will be providing updates. Follow him on Twitter @gopherstate.