The popular in-state rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans hockey programs continues with "Duel in the D" at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m.
This will be the first game between the rivals, since the Wolverines defeated the Spartans with a 2-1 win to clinch the 50th Annual Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena.
There will be several talented players on display in this game, who were not able to participate in the Great Lakes Invitational, including Dylan Larkin, the Red Wings' first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Larkin was a standout performer for Team USA in the Under-20 World Junior Tournament. He tallied 5 goals, 2 assists and played heavy minutes for Team USA in all situations.
Since returning to the Wolverines line up, Larkin has 6 goals and 7 assists, for 13 points in 5 games.
Michigan and Michigan State have played each other at Joe Louis Arena since 1990. The Wolverines maintain the series advantage at the Joe with a 14-9-4 record against the Spartans.
Both the Spartans and Wolverines are competing to win the Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines sit atop the standings with a 15-7 overall record, and 7-1 record in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans are third in the Big Ten with a 3-3-2 record, and 9-11-2 on the season.
This will be a great event at Joe Louis Arena, and it will be packed for a battle with 2 vital points on the line.