Big Ten Hockey: A quick glimpse

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It may be a few months until Big Ten men’s hockey becomes a reality, but we here at the Big Time would aim to keep you in the loop on how the future BIG teams are doing.

But, before we get to the quick breakdowns, let’s take a look at what the Big Ten standings would currently look like based upon the teams’ overall records. Please note, while this may not be a completely fair interpretation, it does provide a starting point for evaluation.

“Standings:”

Team

Wins

Losses

Ties

Minnesota

14

3

3

Penn State

8

11

0

Ohio State

7

8

5

Michigan

7

11

2

Wisconsin

6

7

5

Michigan State

5

12

3

…more after jump…

Team breakdown:

Michigan: 7-11-2 wasn’t exactly the start that the Wolverine faithful had in mind coming into this season. Michigan has made 22 consecutive NCAA tournaments, the longest streak in the nation It may only be January, but that run is in serious jeopardy.

Michigan State: It’s been a tough go of it for the Spartans this season who are just 5-12-3. MSU is 1-3-1 in its last five games and the road will not get any easier as it will play host to No. 2 Notre Dame this weekend.

Minnesota: The good news? The Gophers are 14-3-3 overall. The bad news? All of their losses and ties have come in WCHA play. Despite a stellar record, the Gophers currently tied for fifth place in the conference and are looking up. That fact is not indicative of how well Minnesota has played. They have recently defeated the other two of the top-three teams in the nation (Boston College and Notre Dame) by a combined score of 12-2. The Gophers are on a war path, and there doesn’t look to be much that is going to stop them.

Ohio State: With a 7-8-5 record, the Buckeyes are teetering on that .500 mark. However, OSU is winless in its last six games. Interestingly, their latest loss came to future BIG foe, and current Division I independent, Penn State in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic. Ferris State, who is receiving votes in the latest polls, will provide a nice road challenge for the Buckeyes this weekend.

Penn State: The 8-11-0 start has brought with it some mixed results for the Nittany Lions. Earlier in the year, PSU was blanked 3-0 by DIII Buffalo State. But, their most recent win came over Ohio State on neutral ice. Penn State still has four games remaining against future BIG opponents: two at Michigan State and two at Wisconsin. With true Division I games being scattered at best among the final games on the schedule, those two series will likely be the best indicator about the status of this infant program.

Wisconsin: By and large, the Badgers have been underachieving this season. They currently hold down a 6-7-5 overall mark. But, they have shown life as of late, going unbeaten in their last eight games. Offensive production has been an issue for UW who has scored three or more goals in just six games. Freshman forward Nic Kerdiles has helped provide a spark, tallying two goals and four assists in the eight games he has played since returning from a half-season suspension. Kerdiles has played in all six of the games where Wisconsin has scored three or more goals.

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