If the USA is going to take the top place on the podium at the men’s hockey tournament in Sochi, they are going to have to take action since the underdogs.
The chances to win the gold medal in hockey at Sochi heading to the championship have the United States at 6/1, which puts them behind Canada (2/1), Russia (12/5), and Sweden (9/2) on the Olympic baseball gold medal odds listing.
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Finland, decimated by injuries in the past few months with Minnesota Wild’s Mikko Koivu and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula out both, is fifth at 11/1 odds, together with the Czech Republic at 12/1.
Switzerland at 25/1, Slovakia in 33/1, and Norway, Latvia, Austria, and Slovenia are important all longshots at gaming stores like Sports Interaction.
The Americans sit in Group A of the championship along with Russia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, with the Russians favored at -200 over the USA (+175) to complete top spot in group action in the event. Slovakia is at +1000 on these chances, with Slovenia well back at +10000.
The United States plays its first game of the tournament on Thursday, when they will take on Slovakia as -325 favorites at the sportsbooks. The Slovakia roster is headlined by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, while Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik will overlook the championship for the Slovaks because of trauma.
The Slovaks are +260 underdogs for Thursday.
The American group will then take on Russia in a showdown game on Saturday before rounding out preliminary actions against Anze Kopitar, we mean Slovenia, in which should be a gimme match on Sunday. All those games are set to get underway at 7:30am ET.
In the other two groups, Canada is the obvious favorite at -650 to acquire Group B over Finland (+350), Norway (+5000) and Austria (+10000), with Sweden in -200 to win Group C over the Czech Republic (+175), Switzerland (+800), and Latvia (+10000).
While it overlooks the headlines, hockey isn’t the only Winter Olympic sport where fans can wager. There are chances on each occasion along with props and futures on which country will win the most awards.
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