Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin hockey capsule

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WHO: Notre Dame (7-0-1, 3-0-1-0 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (5-5-0, 0-2-0-0 Big Ten)

WHERE: Sen. Herb Kohl Center (15,237), Madison, Wis.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. EST.

TV: FOX Sports Wisconsin Friday.


RADIO: WZOC-FM (94.3) and

RANKINGS: Notre Dame No. 3 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (coaches) and No. 4 in (media) polls; Wisconsin No. 15 in both.

RECAPS: Jeff Jackson’s Fighting Irish coming off 3-2 (OT) and 2-1 come-from-behind Big Ten Conference victories over Ohio State last Friday and Saturday at home. … Tony Granato’s Badgers were swept at league rival Penn State two weeks ago and followed with 5-2 victory, 5-2 loss at Omaha in non-league play last weekend.

RIVALRY: Badgers lead series 41-23-8, including 20-11-2 in Madison.

SHAVINGS: Notre Dame’s 7-0-1 start is best in program history. … Irish 23-0-1 over past two seasons when scoring at least three goals. … Notre Dame averages 4.13 goals per game (fifth nationally) and is allowing just 2.25 (17th). … Goalie Cale Morris earned Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week with 1.46 goals-against average and .942 saves percentage and is now 50-21-5 as starter. … Captain Cal Burke (4-9-13) paces team in scoring, one point more than linemate Mike O’Leary (5-7-12). … Irish rank second nationally in penalty kill, allowing one goal in 24 opponent power-play attempts (95.8 percent). … In 10 games, Badgers have scored 37 goals (10th) and given up 37 (50th). … Wisconsin’s forwards Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield were fifth (Los Angeles) and 15th (Montreal) picks in last June’s NHL Entry Draft. … Caufield leads Wisconsin with eight goals, two more than Turcotte and they each have 12 points. … Defense led by junior Wyatt Kalynuk (1-8-9) and sophomore K’Andre Miller (3-1-4). … Goalie Daniel Lebedeff has 3.60 average and .887 saves percentage in 10 games.

QUOTING JACKSON: “When you are winning, it makes it a lot easier, but you just don’t want to get comfortable. … This will be a different type of challenge as far as playing a very good offensive team (that is) highly skilled (and) fast. … Their freshmen have created a buzz around their program.”

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