Notre Dame vs. Michigan hockey capsule

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WHO: Notre Dame (4-3-1) vs. Michigan (4-3-0).

WHERE: Red Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena (5,800), Ann Arbor, Mich.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV/STREAMING: BTN Plus. Radio: WZOC-FM (94.3).

RANKINGS: (media) – Notre Dame No. 6, Michigan No. 14; USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) – Notre Dame No. 6, Michigan No. 15.

RIVALRY: Wolverines lead series 76-59 … Irish beat Wolverines 4-3 in NCAA Frozen Four semifinal last April 5 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., … Teams split four games during regular season. … Games in South Bend will be split up — teams meet outdoors Jan. 5 in Notre Dame Stadium at 3:30 p.m. and then meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. on Lefty Smith Rink at Compton Family Ice Arena.

SHAVINGS: ND junior All-America goalie Cale Morris was named Big Ten’s third star of the week after posting 1.01 goals-against average and .968 save percentage, stopping 60 of 62 shots. … Senior defenseman Bobby Nardella leads Irish in scoring (4 goals, 7 assists, 11 points), though junior right wing Cal Burke and senior left wing Joe Wegwerth have team-high five goals each. … Jeff Jackson earned his 300th victory at Notre Dame last week, seven behind the late Lefty Smith. … Junior defenseman and captain Andrew Peeke fourth in nation in blocked shots with 21. … Sophomore forward Josh Norris paces Michigan in scoring with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists). … Sophomore Quinn Hughes (3-4-7), the seventh overall pick in NHL Draft by Vancouver, anchors Michigan defense with senior Joseph Cecconi (0-8-8).

QUOTING JACKSON: (Last weekend) “... We’re seeing good things but not consistently. The biggest thing for me is our ability to come out of our end with some speed. That’s where the inconsistency starts.” (Playing at Yost) “It’s always been an intimidating barn from a fan’s perspective. It’s a tight building — (the fans) are right on top of you.”

Quoting Peeke: (On Hughes) “I played World Juniors with him and we were partners a couple of games. I thought he’d come back. He’s still got some filling out to do.”

— John Fineran, Tribune Correspondent

Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson is seven wins behind Notre Dame’s all-time winningest hockey coach, Lefty Smith.