Having Notre Dame as a regular conference opponent has opened up new opportunities for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.

One of them might be neutral-site games in Chicago.

UW and Notre Dame are working on a plan to move the second game of the teams' January series from South Bend, Indiana, to the United Center in Chicago, according to sources.

The Badgers and the Fighting Irish were scheduled to play on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20 at Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Arena.

Notre Dame's NBCSN TV schedule, released Wednesday, showed the second game moved to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. Sources said that game would move to the United Center, which has that date open on its calendar.

Part of the discussion, according to sources, has been another game at the United Center in the 2018-19 season, this time using one of the Badgers' home games.

Notre Dame is in its first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference's men's hockey league, and the Fighting Irish will be a regular on the Badgers' schedule for the first time since Notre Dame was in in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from 1971 to 1981.

The Badgers have a number of connections to Chicago and the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, who play at the United Center.

Coach Tony Granato is from the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove and formerly worked with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville with the Colorado Avalanche.

Granato's brother Don was an associate head coach last season before joining the Blackhawks' coaching staff.

UW associate head coach Mark Osiecki had the same title for the Blackhawks' American Hockey League team in Rockford, Illinois.

And UW Athletics has teamed up with the Blackhawks on promotions at the Kohl Center this year.

The Badgers practiced at the United Center last January but have never played a game in the venue, which holds more than 19,000 fans.

Notre Dame hosted and played in the Frozen Four at the Chicago arena last season.

The plans would mark the second time that UW and Notre Dame have teamed up to plan neutral site games this year. The schools in August announced football games at Green Bay's Lambeau Field for 2020 and Chicago's Soldier Field for 2021.

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