World Cup Of Ice Hockey Finals Odds
Canada Vs. Europe Final Predictions
By Angelo Montilla
Team Canada (-2000) vs. Team Europe (+900)
Nobody expected Team Europe to advance out of the group stage let alone reach the World Cup of Hockey final. Yet following a stunning semifinal OT victory over the Swedes, the Europeans advanced to the championship where they’ll now take on tournament favorite Team Canada in a best-of-three series beginning on Tuesday.
The Canadians, who are coming off a massive semifinal victory over Team Russia, will take a 14-game winning streak into the finale — a mark that dates back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
With that said, Canada refuses to take their European counterparts lightly — especially considering what the tournament underdogs have accomplished.
“They’re a great story and shame on us if we don’t take them serious for what they’ve done to this point,” Canada general manager Doug Armstrong told the Associated Press.
On paper, it’s a David vs. Goliath matchup and online sportsbooks around the globe have set lines indicating as much. The Canadians enter the World Cup of Hockey final as -2000 favorites to win the championship in front of their home crowd according to Bovada oddsmakers. If you’re feeling brave, you may want to take the underdog Europeans, who are pegged at +900 to upset powerhouse Team Canada in the mini series.
Head coach Mike Babcock has implemented a brilliant system as the Canadians have scored a tournament-leading 19 goals in four games while only allowing eight tallies in that period of time. Goaltender Carey Price has showed no signs of rust after returning to the crease for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury during the 2015-16 campaign with the Montreal Canadiens.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams as Canada topped Team Europe by a score of 4-1 during round-robin action.
The Canadians are expectedly the -1000 favorites to win Game 1 while Team Europe enters the match as +575 underdogs according to Bovada’s early lines. Canada has scored four or more goals in each of their four games, however, taking Bovada’s over/under line of 6 may be a stretch this early into the best-of-three series.
The Canadians have no shortage of firepower — especially considering the team has five players among the tournament leaders in scoring. At the top is Pittsburgh Penguins star and two-time Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby, who has picked up three goals and seven points in four games.
Mats Zuccarello has been Team Europe’s best player with four points in four games played.
While all signs point to a clean sweep for the Canadians, Team Europe continues to believe its magical run to the final can end with a gold medal. A European club, which at the beginning of the tournament was labeled Team Leftovers, have proven all the critics and oddsmakers wrong by getting to this point.
“Nobody would have guessed we could be in the final,” Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa said of Team Europe, which is comprised of European players whose countries wouldn’t have qualified for the eight-nation tournament. “I think it was 33-to-1 odds against us.”
If you’re looking for a few compelling Game 1 prop bets, one to consider is Canada at -325 to net the first goal of the contest. Canada has scored the opening marker in three of the four games they’ve played so far.
Perhaps one of the more attractive bets to consider is Bovada’s +425 line that the Canadians will skate away with a two-goal victory. Although Canada outmatches Team Europe in every aspect from top to bottom, Game 1 is more than likely going to be a feeling-out process that should produce a closer-than-expected result. On the flip side, the sportsbook has a +1400 line set that Team Europe will shock the world and win the opening game by a one-goal margin.
Credit to Team Europe for making it to the World Cup of Hockey final. However, if the Canadians continue to play the way they have under Babcock, this very well could be a quick series.
Pick: Team Canada (-2000)
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