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No. 18 UW vs. Michigan State

When, where: 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Kohl Center.

TV: Today — none; Saturday — Fox Sports Wisconsin, with Brian Posick, Adam Burish and Bill Brophy.

Radio: 1310 AM, with Posick and Ian Perrin today, Mike Heller and Perrin on Saturday.

Badgers (10-10-3, 4-6-2 Big Ten)

Coach: Tony Granato, 30-25-4 in his second season at UW and overall.

Player to watch: Freshman defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk had one of his team-high six multiple-point games when UW defeated Michigan State 6-3 on Nov. 10. A third-period, power-play goal was his first score for the Badgers.

You should know: The Badgers’ four-game winless streak is the longest in Granato’s tenure with the team. With only eight goals scored in those four games, UW also is experiencing its slowest goal-producing stretch this season. ... The Badgers are trying to avoid a fourth straight season with a losing record at home. They’re 5-6-2 at the Kohl Center this season. Since going 17-2-1 at home in 2013-14, UW has a 21-34-12 record at the Kohl Center.

Spartans (8-13-1, 2-9-1)

Coach: Danton Cole, first season at Michigan State, 31-72-13 in his fourth season overall.

Player to watch: Freshman right wing Mitchell Lewandowski scored three goals in the Spartans’ series split with the Badgers in East Lansing in November. He leads the team with 11 goals and shares the lead with 24 points.

You should know: The Spartans’ top-line forwards have combined to score 51 percent of the team’s goals this season. Patrick Khodorenko has nine and Taro Hirose has seven. Michigan State is 50th in the country in scoring, averaging 2.41 goals per game. ... After John Lethemon made 38 saves for a 2-0 victory over UW on Nov. 11, the Spartans also won their next two games. Since that home-and-home sweep of Ferris State, however, they’re just 1-8-1.

— Todd D. Milewski


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.