No. 7 UW at Michigan State
When, where: 6 tonight and Saturday, Munn Ice Arena, East Lansing, Michigan.
Radio: 1070 AM, with Brian Posick and Paul Capobianco.
Coach: Associate head coaches Mark Osiecki and Mark Strobel are leading UW while head coach Tony Granato directs the U.S. team at the Deutschland Cup in Germany.
Player to watch: Junior forward Matthew Freytag is the latest player to get a shot at playing in front of the net on one of the Badgers’ power plays. He scored two even-strength goals in last Friday’s 3-2 loss to North Dakota.
Injury report: Sophomore defenseman JD Greenway (undisclosed) is out.
You should know: UW has generated 54 percent of the even-strength shot attempts over its 11 games, but an advantage there hasn’t always translated to a victory. When the Badgers have more even-strength shot attempts than their opponent, they’re 3-3. When the opponent has more, UW is 3-1-1. Five players have generated at least one even-strength shot attempt in all 11 games this season: forwards Cameron Hughes and Seamus Malone, and defensemen Wyatt Kalynuk, Jake Linhart and Josh Ess.
Coach: Danton Cole, 4-4 in first year at Michigan State, 27-63-12 in four seasons overall.
Player to watch: Freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski has just one assist in four road games but has three goals and five assists in four home games. He won the United States Hockey League’s Clark Cup with the Chicago Steel last season.
You should know: Michigan State already has exceeded its home win total of last season. The Spartans are 4-0 at Munn after going 2-13-1 there last year, leading to coach Tom Anastos’ ouster after six seasons. Defensive play has improved early in Cole’s tenure: Michigan State is tied for 27th nationally with an average of 2.88 goals allowed per game. It was 57th of 60 teams last year with a 3.83 average. The Spartans also are generating more shots on goal and more goals than they did last season.
— Todd D. Milewski