Michigan State's hockey team hosts Notre Dame to open Big Ten play this weekend. The two game series finds games starting at 7pm both Friday and Saturday nights. The Spartans, picked to finish last in the seven team Big Ten hockey conference, have a 4-4 season record. They have lost three straight games-- at Ferris State and two last week end at Arizona State. MSU will play Big Ten games up to the Great Lakes Tournament in Detroit which will be played at the end of December.