B1G Hockey Roudup: Minnesota and Wisconsin Lead the Pack

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The B1G season is finally in full swing!

As usual, let's start with the rankings going into the last few days...

Overall Conference
#1 Minnesota 14-2-3 4-0-1
#8 Michigan 10-6-2 2-2
#14 Wisconsin 13-6-1 4-2
Michigan State 6-10-3 0-2-2
Ohio State (rec. 24 votes) 11-6-1 1-2-1
Penn State 4-11-1 0-3

The #1 Gophers are in the middle of a rare Sunday/Monday series with Penn State in Hockey Valley. Sunday's action saw the Gophers beat the Nittany Lions 3-2 on a game winner by Ben Marshall. Monday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. Eastern face-off on BTN. This weekend, the Gophers and Buckeyes will face off outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium in the Hockey City Classic, followed by Saturday's meeting at Mariucci to celebrate Hockey Day Minnesota.

Michigan has become really good at sitting on their own testicles in the last month. Losing the weekend series to Wisconsin means that the Wolverines still do not have a legit win since defeating the Buckeyes on December 2. Friday's game showed Michigan to be lethargic in a 5-2 loss, while Saturday's game saw them a little more interested and ready to breakout, but the Badgers defense just wouldn't allow Michigan to get any closer than the 3-1 final. The Wolverines are off until a January 23 and 24 series with the Spartans at The Joe and in East Lansing.

Wisconsin gets a weekend off before taking on the Buckeyes at home on January 24 and 25. Although they are currently ranked behind the Wolverines, there's no doubt that they are the better team at this point in the season. After the series with the Buckeyes, the Badgers will leave home for the first time since the beginning of December and will head to Ann Arbor, where Michigan will look for a little revenge. It is worth noting that Wisconsin is 1-5-0 on the road this season--three of those losses coming to two top-five teams (Minnesota and BC).

The Spartans played a series against Ohio State, dropped the first game 5-3 and took the Buckeyes to a 1-1 tie in game two; Sparty won that shootout 3-2. Michigan State welcomes the Nittany Lions to Munn Ice Arena this weekend.

Penn State is struggling, but they did put forth a valiant effort in their first B1G series.

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