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Michigan State at Northeastern: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

Pregame notes and line combinations from Northeastern University's Matthews Arena before the Huskies host Michigan State in a Saturday night non-conference clash on NBC Sports Network.

BOSTON -- Good evening and welcome inside Matthews Arena on the campus of Northeastern University where tonight the Huskies host Michigan State in a Saturday night non-conference clash.

Faceoff is set for 7:10 p.m., and the game will be televised on NBC Sports Network with Steve Schlanger and Anson Carter on the call. Tonight's game concludes the first Northeastern Winter Showdown, which also featured games between the Huskies' and Spartans' women's and men's basketball teams last night and today.

Tonight marks just the second meeting between the programs since 1983 and MSU's first visit to Matthews since the Huskies won a 6-5 contest on Oct. 27, 1996.

The Huskies will finish the 2015 portion of their schedule as the only Hockey East team without a conference win (0-8-3). NU managed a 3-3 tie at Boston College on Dec. 5, but fell 4-3 the following day. Sophomore Nolan Stevens scored twice in the former BC game while freshman Eric Williams did the same from the blue line at home.

The Spartans split with Wisconsin last weekend in East Lansing. Last Saturday's 3-0 loss was Sparty's fifth in six games, coming a night after a 4-3 win in which freshman Brennan Sanford posted a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

Juniors J.T. Stenglein and Mackenzie MacEachern lead the Spartans with seven goals apiece and are two of four players with 12 points on the season. Rookie Mason Appleton has a team-best 11 assists.

MSU allows 3.35 goals per game, but ranks second nationally with 17.94 blocked shots and ninth with a 88.3 percent penalty kill. Senior defenseman Travis Walsh's 62 blocks on the season are the most in college hockey.

Here are tonight's lines:

SPARTANS (5-10-2, 1-3-0 B1G)

Mackenzie MacEachern - Michael Ferrantino - Mason Appleton
J.T. Stenglein - Thomas Ebbing - Joe Cox
Ryan Keller - Connor Wood - Brennan Sanford
David Bondra - Cody Milan - Justin Hoomaian

Travis Walsh - John Draeger
Carson Gatt - Rhett Holland
Zach Osburn - Chris Knudson

Jake Hildebrand
Ed Minney

HUSKIES (2-12-3, 0-8-3 Hockey East)

Nolan Stevens - John Stevens - Zach Aston-Reese
Dylan Sikura - Adam Gaudette - Sam Kurker
Lincoln Griffin - Brendan Collier - Mike McMurtry
Mike Jamieson - Tanner Pond - Ryan Rosenthal

Jarrett Fennell - Matt Benning
Colton Saucerman - Eric Williams
Trevor Owens - Garrett Cockerill

Ryan Ruck
Derick Roy
Jake Theut