Michigan vs. Notre Dame hockey

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame hockey

WHO: Michigan Wolverines (12-11-6, 8-7-4-2 Big Ten for 30 points) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-10-3, 7-8-2-2 Big Ten for 25 points)

WHERE: Lefty Smith Rink at Compton Family Ice Arena (5,022), South Bend.

WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.


STREAMING: and NBC Sports App.

RADIO: WZOC-FM (94.3) and

RANKINGS: Jeff Jackson’s Irish are No. 15 in (media) poll and receiving votes in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) poll. … Mel Pearson’s Wolverines are receiving votes in (media) poll.

PAIRWISE: Notre Dame tied for 18th and Michigan tied for 21st in Monday’s Pairwise Rankings that mimic the NCAA Selection Committee rankings for upcoming 16-team NCAA Tournament.

RECAPS: Notre Dame was swept at Ohio State 4-2 and 2-0 Feb. 1-2, was idle last weekend and fell to fifth in Big Ten standings. … Michigan beat Michigan State 5-3 Friday and 5-2 Saturday at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena to move into second place.

RIVALRY: Teams have played three times this season, splitting series in Ann Arbor Nov. 9 (Michigan 2-1) and Nov. 10 (Notre Dame 6-2) and Michigan winning 4-2 Jan 5 outdoors in Notre Dame Stadium. … This will be 144th meeting dating back to 3-2 OT victory by Notre Dame during 1921-22 season at Ann Arbor’s Weinberg Coliseum. … Michigan leads series 78-60 with five ties.

SHAVINGS: Sophomore defenseman Quinn Hughes, a first-round NHL draft pick for Vancouver, leads Michigan in scoring (4 goals, 25 assists, 29 points). … Senior blueliner Bobby Nardella (7-19-26) paces Irish. … Cal Burke, healthy again after appendectomy, leads Irish with nine goals; Dylan Malmquist, Cam Morrison and Michael Graham all have eight. … Will Lockwood paces Michigan with 13 goals and fellow forwards Jake Slaker, Nick Pastujov and Josh Norris have 10 each. … Michigan is 6-7-2 away from Yost Ice Arena. … Notre Dame, which plays host to Wisconsin Friday and Saturday, is 6-6-1 at home.

QUOTING JACKSON: “We played pretty well at Ohio State; they remind me a little of us last year with their timely scoring. We just had a hard time generating enough offense to beat them. Against teams with good goaltenders and defensemen we have hard time finishing. We have to find a way to get over that hump.”

(On Pairwise Rankings and postseason) “All we have left are Big Ten games. We need to find a way over the next seven games to win as many games as possible. It’s a long shot probably to catch Ohio State, but it would be nice to play the first two rounds of the (Big Ten) playoffs at home.”

Notre Dame’s Cal Burke, healthy again after an appendectomy, leads the Irish with nine goals