An incredible Penn State hockey season has hit a rough stretch, and the Nittany Lions have a critical series at Wisconsin this weekend.
Penn State has lost four straight and is 0-4-1 in its past five. The Nittany Lions started the season 16-2-1 and reached the No. 1 spot in the rankings, but losses to Ohio State, Princeton and Minnesota (twice) have left the Nittany Lions in third place in the conference.
The Nittany Lions face the two teams ahead of them in the conference standings — Wisconsin and Minnesota — the next two weekends and have a chance to get into the league title race.
Penn State hadn’t allowed more than four goals in a game since Oct. 7, but the Nittany Lions have yielded six, five, five and five during this losing streak. One problem has been a decline on special teams.
Once one of the best teams in the nation on both the power play and the penalty kill, Penn State is 1-for-13 with the man advantage in its past five games. The Nittany Lions have also yielded 10 power-play goals in the past nine contests.
Penn State hockey vs. Wisconsin game times, details
Date: Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
What TV channel broadcasts Penn State hockey vs. Wisconsin?
The games are not on television.
How can I watch Penn State hockey vs. Wisconsin online?
How can I listen to Penn State hockey vs. Wisconsin on the radio?
The games will be on the Penn State Sports Networks. A list of the affiliates is here.
What is Penn State’s projected lineup?
Alec Marsh – Chase Berger – Andrew Sturtz
David Goodwin – Ricky DeRosa – Zach Saar
Denis Smirnov – Nikita Pavlychev – Liam Folkes
Brett Murray – Nate Sucese – Brandon Biro
Vice Pedrie – Erik Autio
Kevin Kerr – Trevor Hamilton
Kris Myllari – James Gobetz
What is Wisconsin’s projected lineup?
Max Zimmer – Trent Frederic – Luke Kunin
Matt Utaski – Seamus Malone – Grant Besse
Ryan Wagner – Cameron Hughes – Will Johnson
Aidan Cavallini – Jarod Zirbel – Matthew Freytag
JD Greenway – Corbin McGuire
Peter Tischke – Jake Linhart
Patrick Sexton – Cullen Hurley