ANN ARBOR, Mich — No. 15 Michigan (16-10-0, 8-4-0-0 Big Ten) will close out an eight-game stretch away from Yost Ice Arena on Friday night at Ohio State (8-16-2, 3-9-0-0 Big Ten), where they began the road swing with a 10-6 win over the Buckeyes on Jan. 16.
Michigan is 77-33-12 in the all-time series against Ohio State and has a 36-16-5 road record against Ohio State. U-M is unbeaten in its last 10 games (9-0-1) against OSU, the longest unbeaten run in the series since the 1990s when the Wolverines went 29-0-5 against Ohio State from Jan. 26, 1990-Jan. 1, 1998. The Buckeyes are coming off a split weekend at home against Wisconsin, losing, 3-2, on Saturday night.
• In the last meeting between the two teams, freshman forward Dylan Larkin set a new career high with five points (2G, 3A), and Tyler Motte (2G, A) and Zach Hyman (2G, A) each added a pair of goals to lead Michigan to a record 10-6 win over Ohio State on Jan. 16, in front of 8,156 fans at Value City Arena. Nine different players recorded multiple-point nights, as the Wolverines topped eight goals for the fourth time this season and reached the 10-goal mark for the first time since a 10-3 win over St. Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2011. Michigan jumped out to a commanding lead with four goals in the first period, and Hyman led the charge with a pair of scores in the first 6:00 of the contest. Steve Racine (28 saves) and Zach Nagelvoort (three saves) combined to help Michigan earn the win.
• In that game, Michigan reached the 10 goal mark in a road game for the first time since Feb. 10, 1996, when U-M earned a 12-0 win at Illinois-Chicago. The Wolverines reached the 10 goal mark in a game against Ohio State for the sixth time in program history, and the first time since a 10-2 win at OSU on March 5, 1995. The 10-6 contest marked the most combined goals scored in a Michigan game since Jan. 13, 1990, a 9-8 (OT) loss at Bowling Green. Dylan Larkin led the Michigan offense, recording a career-best five point night (2G, 3A) and becoming the first Michigan freshman to record five points in a game since Oct. 18, 1997, when Mike Van Ryn had five assists in a 6-4 win vs. Colgate.
• In Michigan’s last time out, the Wolverines fell 2-0 at Minnesota last Saturday at Mariucci Arena. In his first start since Jan. 23 at Wisconsin, junior goaltender Steve Racine was excellent in net. He made 31 saves, allowing just one goal-against at 4:01 of the first period before shutting the Gophers down the rest of the way. Racine relieved Zach Nagelvoort in the second period of last Friday’s 6-2 loss at Minnesota and allowed one goal the remainder of the game, posting a 1.37 goals-against average and .953 save percentage on the weekend.
• Michigan was shut out for the first time this season and just the second time ever in Big Ten play in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The last time Michigan was shut out was on Feb. 8. 2014 — a 4-0 loss at Penn State. Michigan was last shut out by Minnesota on Jan. 6, 1979, a 3-0 loss at Yost Ice Arena.
• Dylan Larkin’s 10-game point streak came to an end on Saturday night at Minnesota. Before Larkin, the last time a Michigan player had a point streak of 10 games or more was Alex Guptill, who had points in 10 straight games from Feb. 9-March 23, 2013.
• Michigan held Minnesota’s No. 1-ranked power play scoreless on two chances, marking the fourth time in the last five games that the Wolverines have not allowed a power-play goal. Michigan’s penalty kill is now 70-for-87 (80.5%) on the season.
• Zach Hyman leads the Big Ten with 37 points (16G, 21A) and his current scoring pace (1.42 points/game) is close to Kevin Porter’s (1.47 points/game) during his Hobey Baker Award winning campaign in 2007-08. Hyman entered this season with 35 points (13G, 22A) in his first three seasons combined.
• Dylan Larkin leads all Big Ten freshmen with 32 points (10G, 22A) on the season. Larkin is is No. 2 in the nation in freshman scoring and No. 6 in overall scoring with an average of 1.33 points/game. Larkin’s points-per-game average is No. 2 in the last 60 years among Michigan freshmen, behind only Bruno Baseotto (2.0 points/game in 1979-80).
• Michigan has topped the six-goal mark nine times this season. The last time a Michigan team had six or more goals in nine games in a single season was 2006-07 (10 times). U-M has topped the seven goal mark six times this season. The last time a Michigan team had seven or more goals in six games in a single season was 1996-97 (14 times). U-M has recorded 59 goals in 12 Big Ten Conference games, leading the league with an average of 4.92 goals per game. Michigan’s scoring average overall is a nation-leading 3.96 goals per game, with 105 goals in 26 contests.
• Michigan defensemen have recorded 16 goals in 26 games this season, In 2013-14, Michigan defensemen scored eight goals in 35 games. Michael Downing (5G, 13A) and Zach Werenski (5G, 14A) are tied for the lead among all Big Ten defensemen with five goals on the season. Michigan has the No. 9 scoring defense in the nation with 71 points (16G, 55A). Kevin Lohan(2G, 8A), and Cutler Martin (4G, 6A) have also made significant contributions on the blue line.
• Michigan’s freshman class has stood out through 26 games this season, as a freshman has recorded a point in all but two contests. Along with Larkin (32 points;10G,22A) and Werenski (19 points; 5G, 14A), forwards Dexter Dancs (2G, 4A) andTony Calderone (3G, 6A) as well as defensemen Cutler Martin (4G, 6A) and Sam Piazza (A) have also had early contributions. Michigan is No. 5 in the nation in freshmen scoring with a combined 77 points (24G, 53A) in 24 games.