• All seven teams will take the ice this week, including a series between the co-leaders in the Big Ten standings. The top two teams will collide when No. 18/- Minnesota visits No. 11/10 Penn State for the Nittany Lions’ final series of the regular season. No. 12/12 Ohio State travels to Michigan State and Notre Dame visits Michigan. Wisconsin hosts No. 9/9 Arizona State in a non-conference series.

 

  • BTN will feature a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday, carrying both games of the Minnesota-Penn State and Notre Dame-Michigan series. All remaining games will be streamed on BTN+.

 

  • A pair of Big Ten teams continue to be ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Penn State leads conference teams in both polls at No. 11/10, followed by Ohio State at No. 12/12 and No. 18/- Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings, while Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame also received votes in the USCHO.com poll.

 

  • Six teams remain in the chase for the Big Ten regular-season championship with two weekends to play. Penn State and Minnesota are tied atop of the conference standings with 36 points. The Nittany Lions are 11-8-3-0 in Big Ten play and the Golden Gophers are 9-6-5-4. Michigan has moved into third place with a 10-8-2-1 mark, good for 33 points. The regular-season champion earns a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

 

  • Michigan State (10-9-1-0) and Ohio State (9-8-3-1) are tied for fourth place with 31 points and battling to secure home ice in the first-round, best-of-three series in the Big Ten Tournament. Notre Dame is in hot pursuit of a spot in the top four with 29 points, and the Fighting Irish are followed by Wisconsin.

 

  • The 7th edition of the Big Ten Tournament begins March 6-8 with best-of-three series at campus sites. The top seed will earn a first-round bye and the No. 2-4 seeds will host the first-round series. The No. 1 seed and the other highest remaining seed will host single-game semifinals on March 14 and the highest remaining seed will host the championship contest on March 21.

 

  • The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which culminates at the Frozen Four, April 9-11 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

 

  • Three Big Ten goalies continue to be among the top 10 nationally in save percentage this season. Michigan State’s John Lethemon is third nationally with a .938 save percentage, followed by Michigan’s Strauss Mann (6th, .933) and Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (9th, .927). The above trio of goalies also are among the top 15 nationally in goals-against average: Mann (9th, 2.03), Lethemon (10th, 2.05) and Nappier (15th, 2.13).

 

  • Nine standouts representing five Big Ten programs are among the 79 nominees for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the top NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey player in the nation. The list of nominees includes Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko, Notre Dame’s Cale Morris, Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski and Tommy Nappier, Penn State’s Cole Hults and Peyton Jones, and Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield, Wyatt Kalynuk and Linus Weissbach. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented to the winner on April 10 during the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit.

 

  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 27 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, three broadcasts on NHL Network, two on ESPNU, and a game on FS1.

 

  • Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on BTN+. All games televised on an ESPN network will also be available to stream on the ESPN App.