From 2003 (the year the tournament expanded to 16 teams) through 2022, only 8 of 235 first round games featured a team scoring 8 goals or more. So far this year in just 8 games, 4 teams did it, and all from one conference.
NIL isn't talked about much with hockey, but it seems like it's playing a role. I expect its effect mainly with the elite Logan Cooley type recruits.
Parity is a growing issue with NCAA hockey. If I recall, last year there weren't any 1st round upsets in the tourney (other than us -- 9 over 8 seed). I thought that mostly had to due with schools that could afford to go over the scholarship limit and the portal.
B10 athletic depts have a big advantage with TV $$. This year is a sign it may pull away from the NCHC and become the powerhouse hockey conf.
We can keep up with athletic dept funding. Where we'll likely fall behind is NIL.