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Take Boston University to Win in First Frozen Four Semifinal

If Boston University wants to have a chance to win the national title for the first time since 2009, the Terriers will need to get by nine-time champion Denver in the first of the two semifinals on Thursday. The college hockey latest lines list the Terriers as the favorite.

Fans who want to see the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft in action might want to tune in as Macklin Celebrini has enjoyed a sensational freshman season at Boston University.

Take Boston University to Win in First Frozen Four Semifinal
Take Boston University to Win in First Frozen Four Semifinal

The teams haven’t met in the NCAA Tournament since Denver’s 7-2 win in the first round of the 2016 West Regional. Denver is 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament against Boston University. Keep that in mind when making NCAA hockey picks today.

When looking at the college hockey predictions, Boston University is priced at +135 to cover against the puck line as a 1½-goal favorite. Denver has -175 odds on the puck line.

Going into the NCAA Tournament, Boston University was second at +600 in the odds of winning the national title with Denver tied for fifth at +950 in the championship odds.


Denver vs Boston University Game Information

  • Game: Denver Pioneers (30-9-3) vs Boston University Terriers (28-9-2)
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m. ET
  • Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Denver vs Boston University Live Stream: ESPN2, ESPN+


Denver has won each of its first two games in the NCAA Tournament by 2-1 scores, beating UMass in double overtime and edging Cornell by the same score. Boston University topped RIT and Minnesota by identical 6-3 scores.

The Boston University Terriers are priced at -170 to win the game outright while the Denver University Pioneers are +130 in our sportsbook odds.

The Terriers and the Pioneers meet on Thursday, April 11, at Xcel Energy Center. You can watch the game on ESPN or ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET. The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.


Denver vs Boston University Odds and Spreads

Boston U
+1½ -175
Puck Line
-1½ +135
O 7 -120
U 7 -125


  • Denver is 26-0 when allowing three goals or less.
  • Boston University has lost nine of 17 games when scoring three goals or less.
  • Denver is 9-3-1 in one-goal games.
  • Boston University is 6-5 outright in games decided by one goal.
  • The Pioneers are 6-0 in games played on neutral ice.
  • Boston University has won three of its five games on neutral ice.
  • There are an average of 7.5 goals scored in Denver’s games this season.
  • An average of 6.6 goals have been scored in Boston University’s contests.


Denver vs Boston University ATS Pick: Denver +1½ (-175)

Denver has allowed just two goals in the first two games in the NCAA Tournament and even facing a talent-laden Boston University team led by Celebrini and star defenseman Lane Hutson, it could be worth rolling with the Pioneers to cover.

Celebrini is second only to Boston College’s Cutter Gauthier with an average of 0.86 goals per game while Hutson has 49 points in 34 games. Matt Davis has stopped 70 of 72 shots in the NCAA Tournament for Denver.



Denver vs Boston University Over/Under Pick: Under 7

It will be worth watching which team controls the tempo. Boston University would love to see an up-and-down game with the teams trading scoring chances while Denver University will look to limit the odd-man rushes.

It won’t be a surprise to see the game land on the seven-goal total. For those wanting to go with the game landing either over or under, go with Denver doing enough to send the game under the total when looking at the college hockey over/under predictions.


Denver vs Boston University Prediction

Boston University 3, Denver 2



Questions of the Day

Which team leads the all-time series between Denver University and Boston University?

Denver is 17-15-2 against Boston University with three of Denver’s wins coming in the NCAA tournament.

Who are the leading scorers for Denver University and Boston University?

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 Denver with 27 goals and 56 points with Zeev Buium topping the Pioneers with 38 assists.”

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