Badger's men's hockey preview: No. 14 UW vs. No. 8 St. Cloud State

2013-03-07T18:15:00Z Badger's men's hockey preview: No. 14 UW vs. No. 8 St. Cloud StateANDY BAGGOT | Wisconsin State Journal | abaggot@madison.com | 608-252-6175 madison.com

Game facts

When, where: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dane County Coliseum.

TV: FS Wisconsin; tape-delayed on Wisconsin Channel at 10 p.m.

Radio: 1310 AM.

About the Badgers

Record: 16-11-7, 12-7-7 WCHA.

Coach: Mike Eaves, 225-167-51 in his 11th season.

Player to watch: Junior defenseman Frankie Simonelli hasn't had a negative plus/minus game since Dec. 7 vs. Michigan Tech (minus-1). Over the past 21 games, he's plus-14, including a plus-4 showing vs. Nebraska-Omaha last Saturday.

Projected lineup

  • F Nic Kerdiles-Mark Zengerle-Tyler Barnes
  • F Joseph LaBate-Brendan Woods- Michael Mersch
  • F Ryan Little-Jefferson Dahl-Sean Little
  • F Brad Navin-Keegan Meuer-Matt Paape
  • D Jake McCabe-Simonelli
  • D Kevin Schulze-John Ramage
  • D Eddie Wittchow-Joe Faust
  • G Joel Rumpel

Injury report: Center Derek Lee (knee) and winger Morgan Zulinick (leg) are out.

You should know: The size of the ice sheet at the Coliseum (195 x 85) is considerably smaller than the Kohl Center (200 x 97). You won't hear the Badgers complain about that given their 4-1-3 mark on the smaller rinks vs. WCHA opponents.

About the Huskies

Record: 20-13-1, 17-8-1 WCHA.

Coach: Bob Motzko, 157-122-35 in his eighth season.

Player to watch: When Drew LeBlanc isn't working as a student teacher at St. Cloud Apollo High School, the senior center is leading the Huskies in scoring with 44 points (11 goals, 33 assists).

You should know: The Huskies are in the midst of a 12-4-1 stretch vs. UW in which they're unbeaten in the last six meetings (5-0-1). But before that, the Badgers had a 14-game unbeaten streak vs. St. Cloud State (11-0-3).

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