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University of Minnesota at Michigan State: Lines, open thread and how to watch

A win last night leaves Minnesota undefeated through five games.

Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Sampo Ranta (58) chases after the puck during a regular season Big 10 Conference hockey game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines on December 8, 2018 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If there were any doubts that the University of Minnesota Gophers could keep their momentum going on the road, last night’s 3-1 win over the Michigan State Spartans should put it to rest. Minnesota outshot Michigan State 34-25, with goals from Ben Meyers, Sampo Ranta and Scott Reedy.

I mentioned yesterday that these are two powerhouse teams at the faceoff circle — Michigan State won 31 faceoffs to Minnesota’s 27, but struggled to maintain possession in the offensive zone. They also took seven penalties and Minnesota struck twice on the man-advantage.

Goaltending and special teams were huge in last night’s game, but Minnesota isn’t worried, keeping the same lineup. Michigan State made a few changes through their bottom-nine.

Lines

GOPHERS

Nathan Burke — Samuel Walker — Blake McLaughlin
Jonny Sorensen — Ben Meyers — Bryce Brodzinski
Sampo Ranta — Scott Reedy — Mason Nevers
Cullen Munson — Jaxon Nelson — Jack Perbix

Matt Staudacher — Jackson LaCombe
Ryan Johnson — Brock Faber
Mike Koster — Robbie Stucker
Carl Fish

Jack LaFontaine
Jared Moe
Justen Close

SPARTANS

Charlie Combs — Josh Nodler — A.J. Hodges
Jagger Joshua — Tommy Apap — Brody Stevens
Kyle Haskins — Nicolas Müller — Mitchell Lewandowski
Adam Goodsir — Mitchell Mattson — Jake Smith
Gianluca Esteves

Cole Krygier — Dennis Cesana
Christian Krygier — Aiden Gallacher
Nash Nienhuis — Tommy Miller

Drew DeRidder
Pierce Charleson
Jon Mor

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Detroit and streamed on the FOX Sports App.