2023 NCAA Hockey Frozen Four Betting Lines

2023 NCAA Hockey Frozen Four Betting

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College hockey will decide a national champion, as the Frozen Four for 2023 takes place from April 6 to 8. The top-seeded Minnesota Gophers will face the No. 5 seeded Boston University Terriers in the first semifinal game on Thursday, April 6, while the No. 2 seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the No. 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines in the nightcap. Some of the best college hockey players in the country will be in action, including Michigan center Adam Fantilli who is expected to go No. 2 in the 2023 NHL Draft after Canadian center Connor Bedard. The Gophers enter the Frozen Four as the favorite, as they feature a roster that includes 14 NHL Draft picks. Quinnipiac is the No. 2 seed and they are no stranger to the Frozen Four, as they have been there twice previously and each time, they reached the title game. No. 3 Michigan lost last year, but they have had a lot of success overall, winning the title nine times. They are tied with Denver for the most hockey championships in NCAA history. The No. 5 seed is Boston University and they have 12 players who will be in the upcoming NHL Draft, including top-scoring defenseman Lane Hutson.

NCAA Hockey Frozen Four Betting Odds

2023 Frozen Four Information

The NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey National Championship will be decided at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. This year’s Frozen Four will get underway on Thursday, April 6, and the title game will take place on Saturday, April 8. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Thursday, April 6

No. 1 Minnesota Gophers (28-9-1) vs. No. 5 Boston University Terriers (29-10-0), 5 PM

Boston U +180

Minnesota -215

Total 6.5

No. 2 Quinnipiac Bobcats (32-4-3) vs. No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (26-11-3), 8:30 PM

Michigan -165

Quinnipiac +144

Total 6

The Frozen Four runs from April 6 to 8, crowning a national champion next weekend. Let’s look at each team and how they’ll get the job done in their trek to capture that national title.

Saturday, April 8

Championship Game, 8:00 p.m.

Minnesota Gophers

The Gophers have the most NHL talent left in the college hockey playoffs with their roster of 14 chosen players. The Golden Gophers' offensive onslaught, which was led by their top line of Logan Cooley, Jimmy Snuggerud, and Matthew Knies, was ranked second in the country. They were second in the nation for goal differential. The complete top line is in the top 20 scorers in the country, and Cooley and Snuggerud are ranked second and fifth, respectively, among the top five scorers. Finalists for the Hobey Baker Hat-Trick Award are Cooley and Knies. The catalyst is Cooley, a dual-threat center who performs every task with spectacular skill. Snuggerud is a playmaker with exceptional finishing skills, while Knies is a strong presence who frequently gets around opponents as well as through them. It would be an understatement to suggest that the Gophers' top forward line is the finest in the nation.

One of the top blueline groups in the country is found in Minnesota, and it is captained by Brock Faber, one of hockey's most complete and underappreciated defensive prospects. A group that can do it all is completed by Ryan Johnson, Mike Koster, and Jackson LaCombe. They engage at the attacking blueline, move the puck effectively, and play smart defense.

Despite being the top-ranked team in the country, the University of Minnesota lost to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten title game.

Quinnipiac Bobcats

With just 60 goals against, the Bobcats have given up the fewest goals of any team in the country. Although they lack the star power of the other Frozen Four teams, they have the finest defensive setup. The major differentiator for Quinnipiac will be goaltender Yaniv Perets, who is a Hobey Baker top 10 contender, as they take on Michigan, which has the nation's most potent offense. Quinnipiac is fortunately not without offense; in fact, they are the fourth-highest scoring team in the country.

Collin Graf, a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, has been the leading scorer for the Bobcats this season. He ranks third in the country in scoring with 56 points for the year. Six members of the team have at least 30 points for the season, providing them a wealth of offensive options to choose from in the event that Graf is unable to play. With 39 and 32 points, respectively, Sam Lipkin and Skyler Brind'Amour are crucial contributors to the team's forward group. While QU's roster contains some of the most highly productive athletes in the country, the names aren't as well-known as they are for Michigan.

Captain Zach Metsa is in charge of the defense squad. The graduate student and 24-year-old blueliner is playing his final season of NCAA hockey for Quinnipiac. In each of their last two appearances at the Frozen Four, Quinnipiac advanced to the national championship game, so they intend to continue that pattern this year.

Michigan Wolverines

Another team with a dozen NHL draft picks is Michigan, although its top player won't be eligible until June. The most dangerous offensive unit in collegiate hockey is the Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines scored 123 goals, just one more than the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the NCAA lead, under the direction of super freshman and highly anticipated 2023 NHL draft prospect Adam Fantilli who led who led the NCAA in goals (29), points (64) and points per game.

Gavin Brindley, another draft-eligible freshman on the team, has emerged as one of the best collegiate players since his return from the World Junior Championship. Brindley is one of the team's most cunning playmakers and plays with speed and ferocity despite his height. On the Wolverines' roster, there is no shortage of elite talent. The blueline is highlighted by Luke Hughes and Seamus Casey, who both possess exceptional puck handling and playmaking skills. Hughes is one of the most dangerous defensemen in college hockey, attacking opponents with his sophisticated offensive thinking and elite-level skating.

After falling last year, the Wolverines will try to win the national championship this year. If they win, it will be their 10th championship overall, breaking the tie with Denver, which won its ninth trophy last year.

Boston University Terriers

Lane Hutson, the top-scoring defenseman in the NCAA, and the Boston University Terriers face a difficult semifinal battle against the top-seeded Golden Gophers. Although Minnesota may have the most NHL draft picks, BU is also stacked with a dozen chosen players. Hutson, an 18-year-old freshman, had 48 points through 38 games. The Walter Brown Award winner and Hobey Baker top-10 candidate has received high accolades for his on-the-puck play this season as he has impressed with his elite skating skills and cunning mind that forces opponents out of position and enables him to capitalize on their mistakes.

Hutson isn't the only small-framed defender who has dominated for the Terriers this season, however; captain Domenick Fensore has also been a force at the back. He rarely makes mistakes and knows how to move the play in the appropriate direction. Few opponents can withstand the one-two punch that the pair delivers to Boston on the back end.

There are several freshmen making an impact in Boston. With the appearance of Ryan Greene and Jeremy Wilmer, there are currently three freshmen among the top five scorers for the squad. Wilmer is a clever player who bases his game on making judgments quickly and finding open space in the offensive zone. Playmaker Greene utilizes his hands to separate opponents and widen the ice so he can find teammates in advantageous positions.

Drew Commesso, the goalkeeper for Boston University, might be the key. Throughout the second part of the season, the 20-year-old goalie has been among the Terriers' top players. Commesso needs to keep up his recent good work if he wants his team to play for the national championship.

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NCAA Frozen Four Champions (2000)

2022 Denver
2021 Massachusetts
2020 Tournament Cancelled
2019 Minnesota-Duluth
2018 Minnesota-Duluth
2017 Denver
2016 North Dakota
2015 Providence
2014 Union
2013 Yale
2012 Boston College
2011 Minnesota-Duluth
2010 Boston College
2009 Boston University
2008 Boston College
2007 Michigan State
2006 Wisconsin
2005 Denver
2004 Denver
2003 Minnesota
2002 Minnesota
2001 Boston College
2000 North Dakota

Unsurprisingly, Division I hockey has been dominated by Midwest schools. Programs from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota are among the most successful in the country, and Denver is one of the few outliers outside that region that has had success. The Pioneers will tie Michigan as the most successful program in NCAA history with another national title.

Championships by School

Denver 9
Michigan 9
North Dakota 8
Wisconsin 6
Boston College 5
Boston University 5
Minnesota 5
Lake Superior State 3
Michigan State 3
Michigan Tech 3
Minnesota-Duluth 3
Colorado College 2
Cornell 2
Maine 2
Rensselaer 2
Massachusetts 1
Bowling Green 1
Harvard 1
Northern Michigan 1
Providence 1
Union 1
Yale 1

The two most successful programs in the history of men’s Division I college hockey are Denver and Michigan. The Wolverines have claimed nine national championships, but they haven’t won a title since knocking off Boston College in overtime in Boston back in 1998. Denver won their ninth title in 2022. Massachusetts became the most recent first-time national champion in 2021. Yale, Union, and Providence won the title in consecutive years from 2013 to 2015, but the traditional powers had retaken the sport since those three debutante title winners. The Minutemen knocked off another team that was looking to win its first title in St. Cloud State, and they routed the Huskies 5-0 in the biggest championship game blowout since 2010.

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