No. 13 Michigan Hockey Set For ‘Duel In The D’ Against Michigan State

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(ISN) – ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 13 Michigan (15-7-0, 7-1-0 Big Ten) heads to Detroit on Friday night to take on Michigan State (9-11-2, 3-3-2-0 Big Ten) in the annual ‘Duel In The D’ contest. The Wolverines have the nation’s longest active winning streak at seven games, a streak that began on Dec. 28 at Joe Louis Arena with a 2-1 GLI Semifinal win over Michigan Tech.

The Spartans have won two in a row after a series sweep against Ohio State at home last weekend. Michigan has played Michigan State a total of 52 times at Joe Louis Arena, with a 29-18-5 record in those contests, including the last meeting between the two teams, a 2-1 U-M win the 2014 GLI Championship Game on Dec. 29.

• Dating back to Feb. 15, 1991, Michigan has played Michigan State at least once in a conference game at Joe Louis Arena every year, with the Wolverines holding a 14-9-4 record in the ‘Duel in the D’ game, including a 6-1-3 record in the last 10 contests dating back to 2005.

• Andrew Copp and Zach Hyman each scored, and goaltender Steve Racine made 31 saves, including 10 in the third period, to help Michigan earn a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Dec. 29 in the 50th Great Lakes Invitational championship game at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan won its record 16th GLI title and the program’s first since 2011, helping coach Red Berenson earn his 798th win behind the bench. Racine was named tournament MVP for his efforts, making a combined 71 with two goals against in two games. Copp, Hyman, Racine and Michael Downing were named to the GLI all-tournament team.

• Zach Hyman has a seven-game goal-scoring streak (nine goals overall in that span), and a seven game point-scoring streak (9G, 9A). Hyman’s goal streak is the longest by a Michigan student-athlete since Brendan Morrison had an eight-game goal-scoring streak during the 1995-96 season. He is third in the nation and leads Michigan and the Big Ten with 35 points (16G, 19A) in 22 games this season. Hyman’s current scoring pace (1.59 points/game) is greater than Kevin Porter’s (1.47 points/game) during his Hobey Baker Award winning campaign in 2007-08. Michigan is 12-0-0 when Hyman scores a goal this season.

• After a four-point weekend in Wisconsin (G, 3A), Dylan Larkin leads all Big Ten freshmen with 29 points (9G, 20A) on the season. Larkin is in the midst of a seven-game point streak (7G, 10A).He is No. 2 in the nation in freshman scoring and No. 4 with an average of 1.45 points/game. Larkin’s points/game average is No. 2 all-time among Michigan freshmen, behind only Bruno Baseotto (2.0 points/game in 1979-80).

• Michigan has topped the six-goal mark nine times this season. The last time a Michigan team had six or more goals in nine games in a single season was 2006-07 (10 times). Michigan has topped the seven goal mark six times this season. The last time a Michigan team had seven or more goals in six games in a single season was 1996-97 (14 times).The Wolverines have 30 goals in the last four games (7.5 goals/game). The last time Michigan topped 30 goals in four games was when the Wolverines scored 32 goals in four games from March 2-14, 1997. U-M has recorded 52 goals in eight Big Ten Conference games, leading the league with an average of 6.50 goals per game. Michigan’s scoring average overall is up to nation-leading 4.36 goals per game, with 96 goals in 22 contests.

• Sophomore goaltender Zach Nagelvoort made 17 saves on Saturday to help Michigan earn its first ever shutout in Big Ten play. For Nagelvoort, it was his second career shutout in his first start since Dec. 13 at Boston College. Nagelvoort is 5-1-0 in Big Ten play, and has a conference-leading 1.84 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in league games.

• Four Michigan players have point streaks of four games or more, led by Zach Hyman (seven games, 9G, 9A) and Dylan Larkin (seven games, 7G, 10A). Tyler Motte (five games, 2G, 5A) and Andrew Copp (four games, 4G, 4A) are also leading Michigan up front.

• Over the last 10 games, Michigan’s power play has been on a roll, as the Wolverines lead the nation since Nov. 29 with a 42.9% (15-for-35) conversion rate on the man advantage. Michigan has scored two or more power play goals in five of the last 10 games.

• Freshman defenseman Zach Werenski who recorded his first career two-goal game at Wisconsin (Jan. 24), has had an immediate impact on the Michigan blue line. Werenski is second among Big Ten freshmen and Big Ten defensemen with 18 points (5G, 13A) in 20 games. Averaging nearly a point a game (0.9 points/game), Werenski is on pace to near Jack Johnson’s scoring record (32 points in 2005-06) for freshmen defensemen at Michigan.