This week is an odd week, and that’s part of why “Inside the Numbers” comes at you on a Friday instead of the usual Wednesday. Minnesota travels to University Park, PA to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions at Pegula Ice Arena on Sunday and Monday. Sunday’s game will not be televised, but a live stream will be available on GopherSports.com. Monday’s game is on BTN and BTN2Go.com. Both games are set for 6pm CT starts.
13: We start the column with a number that is very lucky for Penn State. Eric Scheid leads the Lions in points with thirteen and also in goals with eight. 8+5=13 as they say, so the other five points are helpers.
4: The Golden Gophers have tallied a power play goal in the last four games, which is a season high. In that stretch, the Gophers are 4-17 on the power play.
1: As Three Dog Night knows, one is the loneliest number. Minnesota, however, has allowed one power play goal with its penalty kill in the last five games. In that stretch, the Gophers are 13-14 on PKs. That ranks first in the Big Ten and tied for fifth in the nation over that span.
6: Six of Minnesota junior Seth Ambroz’s nine goals have come in the last six games. Ambroz’s five Big Ten goals are tops in the conference.
7: Yet another lucky number for Penn State is seven. They’ve played in seven games decided by a goal or less, and are 3-4-0 in them. That ties them for seventh in Division I.
9: Penn State’s Eric Scheid has tallied nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in the last seven games, and he tied for seventh in Big Ten points in that span. He also has one career assist in games played against Minnesota, while he was a member of Alaska-Anchorage in 2011-12.
35: Expect these teams to take a lot of shots. Penn State averages 35.1 shots a game while Minnesota is averaging 37.3 shots per contest.
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