WHO: Wisconsin Badgers (9-14-5 overall, 5-8-5-2 Big Ten for 22 points) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-10-3, 8-8-2-2 Big Ten for 28 points).
WHERE: Lefty Smith Rink at Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022), South Bend.
WHEN: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
STREAMING: NBCSports.com and NBCSportsApp.
RADIO: WZOC-FM (94.3) and UND.com.
RANKINGS: Irish 15th in USCHO.com (media) … Wisconsin unranked.
PAIRWISE: Notre Dame tied for 16th and Wisconsin tied for 34th in Wednesday’s USCHO.com Pairwise Rankings that mimic rankings used by NCAA Selection Committee to determine 16-team tournament field.
RIVALRY: Teams met last month with Notre Dame winning 6-4 in Madison on Jan. 18 and then tying 2-2 in overtime at Chicago’s United Center Jan. 20 with Irish gaining extra point on Spencer Stastney’s goal in 3-on-3 overtime shootout. … Wisconsin holds 40-22 edge in series.
SHAVINGS: Freshman Michael Graham has eight goals since January series with Wisconsin. … Senior defenseman Bobby Nardella paces Notre Dame in scoring with 7 goals, team-high 20 assists and 27 points, one ahead of senior left wing Dylan Malmquist (9-17-26) who is tied for goal lead with Graham and Cal Burke. … Morris has 2.33 goals-against average, .924 saves percentage, two shutouts and 12-9-3 record. … Wisconsin, coached by Tony Granato, without 6-foot-4 freshman defenseman K’Andre Miller, its leading scorer (5-17-22) and 22nd pick of the New York Rangers in 2018 NHL Draft who injured left knee crashing into boards last Saturday night. … Senior forward Seamus Malone has 20 points and his seven goals are matched by sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk. … Sophomore forward Sean Dhooghe has team-high nine goals.
QUOTING JACKSON: “They (Badgers) are young, but, boy, do they have a lot of skill and talent and they are dangerous because of that. Once that youth starts to mature, they are going to be scary good. They’re coming off a couple of tough losses to Ohio State, and we know how that feels. We’ve got to be a good home team (only 7-6-1 in Compton) if we’re going to do anything in the playoffs.”