One of the determining factors when the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team opens a series against Penn State on Friday (7 p.m., Wisconsin Channel, 1310 AM) will be which side can be more aggressive in its offensive style.

The 17th-ranked Badgers and the 10th-ranked Nittany Lions both like to push forward, possess the puck and get shots on the net.

No one's better at the latter than Penn State, but the Badgers are determined to not get overwhelmed early.

"I think for us, our challenge will be to not let them get to their game and to make them have to defend against what we do well," Badgers coach Tony Granato said this week.

We'll see which team dictates things Friday night.

See the lineups below the live blog.

Badgers (15-8-1, 8-2 Big Ten)


Cameron Hughes - Trent Frederic - Luke Kunin

Max Zimmer - Seamus Malone - Grant Besse

Ryan Wagner - Matt Ustaski - Will Johnson

Matthew Freytag - Jarod Zirbel - Aidan Cavallini


Peter Tischke - Jake Linhart

Tim Davison - Corbin McGuire

Cullen Hurley - Patrick Sexton


Jack Berry

Matt Jurusik

Johan Blomquist

Nittany Lions (16-6-2, 5-4-1 Big Ten)


Alec Marsh - Chase Berger - Andrew Sturtz

Denis Smirnov - Nate Sucese - David Goodwin

Blake Gober - Ricky DeRosa - Zach Saar

Brett Murray - Nikita Pavlychev - Brandon Biro


Vince Pedrie - Erik Autio

Kevin Kerr - Trevor Hamilton

Kris Myllari - David Thompson


Peyton Jones

Chris Funkey


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