MICHIGAN STATE AT GOPHERS
When, where: 7 p.m. Friday at Mariucci Arena
TV: FSN • Radio: 830-AM
Records: Gophers 7-4-1, 5-4-1 WCHA; Michigan State 4-5-3, 2-5-1 CCHA
Gophers at a glance: Junior Kent Patterson (6-0-1) is one of three regular Division I goalies without a loss. He will start. ... The Gophers are the sixth-highest-scoring team nationally, averaging 3.83 goals per game; their power play (25 percent) is the seventh best. ... Erik Haula is second among freshmen nationally in assists with 12. ...The Gophers are 9-3-5 in the College Hockey Showcase against Michigan State, 4-0-5 the past nine years.
Spartans at a glance: Michigan State lost 3-0 to Ferris State on Tuesday. After a 3-0-3 start, the Spartans are in a 1-6-0 tailspin and have lost three games in a row. ... Junior forward Brett Perlini leads MSU with eight goals; next is freshman defenseman Jake Chelios with four. Jake is one of two sons of Chris Chelios, a longtime NHL defenseman, on the Spartans. ... Opponents have outscored MSU 15-8 in the third period.