The Frozen Four is set for Thursday, April 6 with Minnesota favored against Boston University and Michigan favored against Quinnipiac. The Gophers are the No. 1 seed and feature a potent offense led by their top line of Logan Cooley, Jimmy Snuggerud, and Matthew Knies. The No. 2 seed is Quinnipiac but they are actually listed as the underdog in college hockey odds against the No. 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines. The No. 5 seed is the Boston University Terriers who feature Lane Hutson, who led the nation in defensemen scoring. Let’s look at Frozen Four picks.
NCAA Hockey Frozen Four Betting Odds
2023 Frozen Four
Site: Amalie Arena, Tampa Florida
Teams: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Quinnipiac Bobcats, Michigan Wolverines, Boston University Terriers
TV: ESPN 2
Thursday, April 6
No. 1 Minnesota Gophers (28-9-1) vs. No. 5 Boston University Terriers (29-10-0), 5 p.m.
Minnesota -215, total 6.5 under
No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats (32-4-3) vs. No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (26-11-3), 8:30 p.m.
Michigan -165, total 6 over
Saturday, April 8
Championship Game, 8:00 p.m.
Frozen Four Picks
Minnesota vs. Boston University
The Gophers are the top seed and without question the best team in this year’s Frozen Four. That does not, however, mean they will win the title. The top seed does not always win, but this year’s Minnesota team is loaded with talent. The captain of the Gophers is Brock Faber and he remembers very well what happened last year, as the team lost in the Frozen Four against Minnesota State Mankato. "It was an unfortunate ending last year and something we learned from, something you go to bed thinking about," said Faber to the media. Faber could have chosen to sign with his hometown Minnesota Wild, but he came back to school for a chance to win the title.
Minnesota has a team that features 14 NHL Draft picks. Their top scorer is Logan Cooley who was drafted third overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. He is fourth in the country in scoring with 19 goals and 33 assists. Right beside him are Matthew Knies and Jimmy Snuggerud. Without question it is the best line in college hockey. Minnesota also has excellent depth with Jaxon Nelson, Bryce Brodzinski and Rhett Pitlick. Behind Faber on defense they feature Jackson LaCombe and Mike Koster and Justen Close is excellent in goal. Minnesota is tied with Michigan at 4.2 goals per game, best in the country and they allowed just 2.2 goals per contest. This will be the 21st appearance in the Frozen Four for Minnesota and they will be looking for their sixth national title.
The Terriers feature Lane Hutson and he is backed up by Dom Fensore, Ty Gallagher, and Cade Webber. Boston doesn’t feature as much scoring from their forwards, as they have four lines led by Matt Brown, Ryan Greene, Wilmer Skoog, Jay O'Brien and Quinn Hutson. In net, Drew Commesso is playing very well of late. Boston scored 3.9 goals per game and allowed 2.6 per contest. Boston is playing in their 21st Final Four in history and looking for their sixth national title.
Frozen Four Pick: Minnesota
Quinnipiac vs. Michigan
The second semifinal looks like a toss-up to me. Quinnipiac has Collin Graf, one of the nation's top freshmen and he is joined by Ethan De Jong, Samuel Lipkin and Jacob Quillan. Zach Metsa leads the defense with Jayden Lee and TJ Friedmann. Yaniv Perets is one of the top goaltenders in the country. Quinnipiac will be playing in their third Frozen Four and looking for their first national title.
Michigan is loaded on offense led by Hobey favorite Adam Fantilli, who leads the nation in scoring. He is joined by Rutger McGroarty, Mackie Samoskevich and Gavin Brindley. The defense is led by Luke Hughes and he is joined by Jacob Truscott and Seamus Casey. There are some question marks in goal, as Erik Portillo has been inconsistent. This will be the 27th Frozen Four appearance for Michigan and they are looking for their 10th national title.
Frozen Four Pick: Over 6
National Title Game Pick: Minnesota
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