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Boston College Best Bet vs Michigan in Frozen Four

Boston College is looking to return to the national championship game for the first time since winning the program’s fifth national title in 2012. Michigan last played in the title game in 2011, with the last of the Wolverines’ nine national titles coming in 1998 with a 3-2 win in overtime against Boston College. The college hockey latest lines list the Eagles as the favorite.

In the HockeyWriters.com midseason list of the top 100 NHL prospects, Boston College’s Will Smith ranked fourth, Ryan Leonard was seventh, Cutter Gauthier was 10th while Gabe Perreault came in at No. 12. Michigan’s Frank Nazar was ranked 11th so there is plenty of star power in this matchup.

Boston College Best Bet vs Michigan in Frozen Four
Boston College Best Bet vs Michigan in Frozen Four

Michigan won the first four NCAA Tournament games against Boston College before the Eagles won in 2001 and 2004.

When looking at the college hockey predictions, Boston College has +120 odds to cover against the puck line as a 1.5-goal favorite with Michigan priced at -160.

Going into the NCAA Tournament, Boston College had the best odds at +500 in the odds of winning the national title with Michigan tied for seventh at +1100 in the championship odds. A win on Thursday will give BC a chance to deliver in the NCAA title game on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

 

Michigan vs Boston College Game Information

  • Game: Michigan (23-14-3) vs Boston College (33-5-1)
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, approximately 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Michigan vs Boston College Live Stream: ESPN2, ESPN+

 

After rolling to a 6-1 win over Michigan Tech in the NCAA Tournament opener, Boston College eliminated defending national champion Quinnipiac 5-4 in overtime. Michigan edged Western Michigan in overtime before a 5-2 win over Michigan State.

The Boston College Eagles are priced at -170 to win the game outright while the Michigan Wolverines are +130 in our sportsbook odds.

The Eagles and the Wolverines meet on Thursday, April 11, at Xcel Energy Center following the end of the semifinal game between Denver and Boston University. You can watch the game on ESPN or ESPN+.

 

Michigan vs Boston College Odds and Spreads

Michigan
Boston College
+1½ -160
Puck Line
-1½ +120
+130
Moneyline
-170
O 7 -125
Total
U 7 -115

 

  • Boston College is 8-3 in one-goal games.
  • Michigan has won eight of its 14 games decided by one goal.
  • Boston College is 6-5-1 when scoring three goals or less.
  • Michigan has lost 11 of 16 games when being held to three goals or less.
  • In Michigan’s 40 games, an average of 7.25 goals have been scored.
  • The Eagles won five of their six neutral-site games.
  • Boston College’s games have had an average of 6.8 combined goals per game.
  • The Wolverines have split their four neutral-site games.

 

Michigan vs Boston College ATS Pick: Boston College -1½ (+120)

It would be ironic if Michigan finds a way to win a national title with no former top-10 NHL draft picks after falling short not long ago with a team led by players currently in the NHL.

Boston College is the team with more high-end talent led by Cutter Gauthier, Will Smith, Ryan Leonard and Gabe Perrault.

Michigan’s 14 losses have to be a concern and Boston College is getting plenty of early money to win in the second of the two semifinal games.

 

 

Michigan vs Boston College Over/Under Pick: Under 7

Although Boston College likely has significantly more future NHL players than Michigan, there have been more goals per game in Michigan’s games. The Wolverines might want to be dialed in offensively because Boston College forwards Cutter Gauthier and Will Smith can take over a game if given open ice.

Boston College has scored 11 goals in the first two NCAA tournament games, with only rival Boston University scoring more frequently. Keep that in mind when looking at the college hockey over/under predictions.

 

 

Michigan vs Boston College Prediction

Boston College 4, Michigan 2

 

 

Questions of the Day

Which team leads the all-time series between Michigan and Boston College?


Michigan is 12-7 against Boston College and 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament. Boston College won the most recent meeting 5-1 on Dec. 13, 2014.

Who are the leading scorers for Michigan and Boston College?


Macklin Celebrini leads Boston University with team-high totals of 32 goals and 64 points while defenseman Lane Hutson sets the pace with 34 assists. Jack Devine leads Cutter Gauthier of Boston College leads all Division I players with 37 goals this season while fellow former first-round pick Will Smith tops the Eagles with 46 assists and 69 points. Gavin Brindley leads Michigan with 25 goals and 53 points while Rutger McGroatry leads the Wolverines with 36 assists.

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