It was dubbed as “NEW” but this weekend's match-ups reeked of familiarity and they came and went without the travesty that many fans saw Big Ten hockey as.
Yes, the first weekend of Big Ten hockey action featured series' between former conference foes; Wisconsin at Minnesota, Ohio State and Michigan. Teams that had met in the past and have already established a rivalry among them.
Starting off the conference with these teams probably was the best route the Big Ten could go. A cherry on top is that all four are doing decently well across the board, especially Minnesota and Michigan who are the top two teams in the conference and No. 1 and 3 respectively in the nation.
So why the big hoopla leading up to this point? Were things any different?