Preview: No.16 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota State

Despite being 7-1-1 over its last nine home games, Wisconsin, fresh off being swept at home, head to the unfriendliest of places in Mankato, where the Badgers are just 4-8-2 all-time.

No.16 Wisconsin (16-13-3, 13-9-2 WCHA) vs. Minnesota State (13-15-4, 9-13-2 WCHA)

Date/Time - Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at 7:30/7 p.m. CT

Arena – Alltel Center (4,832) - 200' x 100'

Television - None

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Brian Posick and Mike Cerniglia)

Series – Wisconsin leads 15-12-3 (4-8-2 in Mankato)

Last Meeting – The Badgers won to a 4-2 victory at the Kohl Center on Feb.16, 2008 to earn a series split.

Series Notes

This will mark the 31st and 32nd meetings between the schools, the fewest for the Badgers against any WCHA foe

The Badgers are 15-12-3 against MSU all-time, but just 4-8-2 in Mankato

The Badgers have never swept the Mavericks at the Alltel Center and have taken just one series in the building with three points on Jan. 2-3, 2004

The UW has swept MSU on four occasions

UW and Mankato are both led in scoring by defensemen – Jamie McBain (7 goals, 27 assists, 34 points) and Kurt Davis (6-23-29), respectively.

Wisconsin Notes

The Badgers are looking to earn home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs for the first time since the 2005–06 season.

The Mavericks have one of the worst penalty-killing units in the nation at 78.2 percent, but no one has more shorthanded goals (10). Meanwhile, their power play is No. 2 in the WCHA at 21.2 percent

Despite going 6-for-10 on the penalty kill last weekend, the Badgers still lead the WCHA in league games with a 90.0 percent penalty kill (135-for-150). The team also ranks second in all games with an 88.7 percent penalty kill (172-for-194).

Junior forward Blake Geoffrion tallied his league-leading ninth power-play goal in WCHA play last Friday. One more power-play goal for Geoffrion would make him just the third player since the 1994–95 season to post double digits in power-play goals in a season. Joe Pavelski had 11 power-play goals in 2005–06, while Dany Heatley collected 10 in 2000–01.

Wisconsin lost its second overtime game of the season last Friday, falling to 0-2-3 in overtime contests this season. The UW went 0-3-6 in overtimes during the 2007–08 season and is 0-5-9 in overtimes since ending the 2006–07 season with a 4-3 overtime victory against St. Cloud State in the 2007 WCHA Final Five third-place game.

Wisconsin's defensemen lead the nation in scoring with a 3.12 points-per-game average and 100 points. The Badgers are one of just two defenses averaging better than 3.00 points-per-game. The UW defensive corps ranks second in the nation with 25 goals, four behind St. Lawrence.


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