The World Cup of Hockey’s version of the final four goes this weekend with Canada set to take on Russia on Saturday Day, and Sweden Playing with Team Europe on Sunday afternoon.
Canada is now a -250 favorite to win the championship after initially starting at -110 back in July. Sweden gets the odds at +400.
The Canada-Russia game is filled with storylines revolving mainly around Sidney Crosby’s rivalry together domination and — of — Alex Ovechkin, as well as the head-to-head battle along with his Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin. These teams last faced off in a best-on-best format in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Winter Olympics when Canada crushed Russia 7-3. Canada has won gold in the previous two Olympics, while Russia failed to make the podium in both tournaments. Canada has lit up the scoreboard with a World Cup-leading 14 goals while allowing only three. Russia has kept it a lot nearer, scoring eight goals and allowing five.
Sweden vs Europe seems like a bit tighter matchup, but Sweden appears to be the cohesive unit. Sweden’s greatest have been good in international play throughout the previous ten years, capturing an Olympic silver in 2014 and a gold in 2006. Each group has scored seven goals in their three championship games up to now. Team Europe was the biggest long shot when chances for the World Cup were released at +3300.
Here’s the tournament odds heading into the weekend and keep an eye out for more detailed match previews this weekend:
Odds Of Hockey World Cup To Win 2016 Team Odds
Team Europe +1000
Odds in BetOnline as of September 23 Archived Articles
There has been very little line movement because I last wrote about the World Cup of Hockey stocks, however with preliminary matches starting today, I thought it may be beneficial to update you on some more reasons why this is Canada’s tournament to lose.
Mike Babcock just named Carey Price Canada’s No. 1 goalie and their line to win is now -105 at BetOnline. The last time Price was fully beneficial to a best-against-best global competition was for its Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics where he directed the Canadians to a golden trophy with his .971 save percent and 0.59 goals-against average.
Price’s wellbeing could still be in question regardless of his announcement saying his knee is 100%. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien has said that Price’s games will be restricted this season but that could only mean he is not likely to play with 66 games like he did in his 2014-15 MVP campaign.
While all groups at the contest have some notable line combinations, all four of Canada’s lines are piled with upper-echelon NHL celebrities. Potential line combos right now are Couture-O’Reilly-Toews, Marchand-Crosby-Bergeron, Stamkos-Getzlaf-Tavares, Duchene-Thornton-Giroux. Fantastic lord.
Even the Russians have the next-best odds at +500 however their lack of recent success in best-on-best tournaments such as the Olympics is astounding as they haven’t medaled because they earned bronze in 2002. The Russian hockey program has obtained a great deal of criticism rather than adapting their style of play to fit their competition and for the shortage of creativity exemplified by their training staff.
The only significant line moves we have seen since July is Finland going from +1400 into +1100 and Team North America moving from +2000 into +1200. I’m going to make a point of seeing every Team North America match since they promise to be some of the very exciting. The youngsters are going to fly around the ice and produce a few top-shelf highlights if you really feel like going for a wild ride, toss a little money on the under-23s.
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