Frozen Four tracker

The NCAA Frozen Four at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center is set for April 5 and 7. Here’s a look hot and cold teams:

Four rising

Cornell: Big Red is 6-1 in its past seven and 14-2-2 in 2018.

Northeastern: Huskies have won seven straight entering Hockey East semifinals vs. Providence.

Minnesota Duluth: Bulldogs swept Western Michigan by a combined 7-0, have won seven of past eight.

Ohio State: Overtime win over Michigan in Big Ten semifinals gives Buckeyes a solid chance to be a No. 1 seed.

Four sinking

MSU Mankato: Two weeks ago, the Mavericks appeared in line to be a No. 1 seed. But their WCHA quarterfinal series loss to Michigan Tech likely sealed their fate as a No. 2 seed.

Clarkson: Golden Knights rallied to win ECAC quarterfinals over Colgate in three games, but they’re 3-5-4 in their past 12.

Gophers: Bounced from Big Ten tourney March 3, they can only sit and wait as the NCAA bubble keeps getting closer.

North Dakota: Sweep of Nebraska Omaha kept alive the Fighting Hawks’ NCAA tournament hopes, but they might need to win the NCHC Frozen Faceoff to get there.

Randy Johnson