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Peter Tischke photo

Badgers defenseman Peter Tischke (6) collides with Penn State Nittany Lions goalie Peyton Jones and defenseman Kevin Kerr in a February 2017 game.

Some extra notes before the 18th-ranked University of Wisconsin men's hockey team opens a Big Ten Conference series against Michigan State at the Kohl Center on Friday (7 p.m., no TV, BTN Plus pay stream, 1310 AM):

Power play change

The Badgers were held without a power-play goal at Penn State last weekend, the third time they've gone 0-for in a series this season.

They'll have another new look for one of the units when they play the Spartans.

Defenseman Peter Tischke has been added to the second unit with Seamus Malone, Cameron Hughes, Will Johnson and Jake Linhart.

Tischke, a junior who sees plenty of minutes on the penalty kill and at even strength, scored his fifth goal in his 85th collegiate game last Saturday to get the Badgers a 3-3 tie.

He hasn't been a member of a regular power-play unit, but with defenseman Tim Davison, a power-play contributor, out of the lineup to make way for JD Greenway, the Badgers needed to add someone to the second unit.

Greenway got a look in practice last week, and Sean Dhooghe saw time as a fourth forward with the unit in Saturday's game.

Tarek Baker's take on the weekend

Badgers freshman Tarek Baker discusses what's to come against Michigan State:

Battling the flu

It happens to every hockey team at some point, and for the Badgers, the last two weeks have been when they have had to deal with the flu going through their locker room.

UW coach Tony Granato estimated that five players had to miss practice time over the past two weeks because of illness. Sean Dhooghe was out Wednesday; Linus Weissbach missed Tuesday's practice.

"You hope five guys don't get it at the same time on a game day," Granato said.

All 29 players on the roster (including recent addition Oscar Skiöld) were dressed for Thursday's practice.

The forward lines as they're expected to look Friday were: Trent Frederic centering Matt Ustaski and Ryan Wagner; Cameron Hughes with Seamus Malone and Will Johnson; Tarek Baker between Weissbach and Sean Dhooghe; and Jason Ford centering Max Zimmer and Jason Dhooghe.

Catching up

You might remember that the other part of the equation when Hayton joined the Badgers this season was that Matt Jurusik left the team after two seasons to return to the USHL.

He joined the Sioux City Musketeers, coached by former Badgers associate head coach Luke Strand, and has posted decent numbers for a team that's one game under .500 (10-11-3-2). Jurusik's .910 save percentage is ninth in the league, and his 2.54 goals-against average is 10th.

It sounds like Jurusik is getting some attention from colleges for next season but hasn't yet decided on a destination.

Down time

School doesn't start again for Badgers players until Jan. 23, so they've had some time to kill during the academic break.

On Wednesday, the men's and women's hockey teams went on a bowling trip.

Last Sunday, the men's team went to Chicago for a Blackhawks game.

And on Friday morning, they had an alumni guest stop by: former defenseman Chris Chelios, who's also Granato's assistant coach with the U.S. Olympic team.


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In The Daily Cardinal, Ethan Levy profiles defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk.

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