Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 7:29pm
Senior forward Tony Calderone says he believes the Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan hockey teams' participation in the Frozen Four is "huge" for the Big Ten and an incredible improvement from the past.

Michigan's matchup with Notre Dame in January started its season turnaround that has led the Wolverines to the Frozen Four.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:36pm
The Michigan hockey team enters its first Frozen Four since 2011.

The Daily's hockey beat writers predict the Frozen Four.

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 8:07pm
Michigan coach Mel Pearson admitted his team has had some good luck getting to where they are, but their success is more than luck.

Mel Pearson admitted his team has had some good luck getting to where they are, but their success is more than luck.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 5:33pm
Junior forward Cooper Marody helped neutralize Northeastern's top line in Michigan's win Saturday.

Despite the challenges that Northeastern’s top forward line presented, Michigan’s own top forward line scored three goals to come out on top.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:01pm
Tony Calderone is one of a few Wolverines who were on the team the last time it made the NCAA Tournament.

In the week leading up to the Michigan hockey team’s NCAA Regional in Worcester, Mass., Mel Pearson has three words to describe the atmosphere in the locker room.

“Light, energetic, excited.”

For the majority of the team, any pre-tournament jitters are a first.

With one of the youngest teams in collegiate hockey, well over half of the Wolverines weren’t present when Michigan made its most recent NCAA Tournament run two seasons ago. For most of the team, it’s their first taste of the postseason, their first chance to claim a national title.

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 3:45pm
The Michigan hockey team capped off a turnaround season with a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan will face Northeastern in first round of NCAA Tournament.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:17pm
The Michigan hockey team is looking for its first win over Ohio State this season.

Predictions are a funny thing.

Of course, they must first be based off some prior knowledge, otherwise they would have little credibility.

Before the season started, the odds were not in the Michigan hockey team’s favor. After an ugly 2016-17 season, in addition to a head coaching change for the first time in 33 years, the team seemed likely to head into a transition year. In that regard, the Wolverines’ projected finish of second-to-last in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll was a fair one.

At the same time, predictions are, at best, guesses.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:33pm
Michigan plays in a game against Notre Dame at the Compton Ice Arena Friday. Michigan won 4-2

The Wolverines got a season-defining win over the Fighting Irish on Friday night.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:53pm
Sophomore goaltender Hayden Lavigne played well this past weekend.

With the stakes rising, keeping his mentality on point is more important than ever for Hayden Lavigne.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 6:44pm
Mel Pearson has been pleased with the play of Dexter Dancs this week.

Last weekend in the Michigan hockey team’s critical series with No. 17 Wisconsin, there was no shortage of punches thrown from either team. With rivalry games against in-state foe Michigan State on the horizon for the Wolverines, physicality and aggression are likely to play a role once again.

And though not all penalties are avoidable, Michigan coach Mel Pearson thinks his team has been taking too many of what he describes as “selfish penalties.” Given this, discipline has been a major talking point of practice this week.