One, the Big Ten was that good this season, so Notre Dame hanging around as a tournament or near tournament team despite being basically no better than a .500 team all year seems to make sense. Our mediocre team was probably a lot better than plenty of teams in HE, the NCHC, CCHA and ECAC with winning records. And two, we really better be seriously thinking of ways to upgrade our offense. It's one thing if one Big Ten team goes off and pounds the living crap out of someone in the tournament, but when OSU and PSU are doing it too, we better be finding ways to become an offensive threat.
And you're spot on with B10 hockey. MSU looks to be a problem going forward. Nightingale is a good coach. And he can recruit. Even the perennial doormat in WI can turn things around overnight if they get a good hire (recruitiing/talent was never Grant's problem).