If the United States will take the top spot on the podium at the men’s hockey tournament in Sochi, they are likely to have to take action since the underdogs.
The odds to win the gold medal in hockey at Sochi heading into the tournament have america in 6/1, which puts them behind Canada (2/1), Russia (12/5), and Sweden (9/2) on the Olympic hockey gold medal odds listing.
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Finland, decimated by injuries in the Last Few months with Minnesota Wild’s Mikko Koivu and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula both out, is fifth at 11/1 odds, with the Czech Republic at 12/1.
Switzerland in 25/1, Slovakia at 33/1, and Norway, Latvia, Austria, and Slovenia are important all longshots at betting shops such as Sports Interaction.
The Americans sit in Group A of the championship along with Russia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, together with the Russians favored at -200 over the United States (+175) to finish in top spot in group action at the event. Slovakia is at +1000 on those chances, with Slovenia well back in +10000.
America plays its first game of the championship on Thursday, when they will take on Slovakia as -325 favorites in 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 miss the tournament for the Slovaks because of injury.
The Slovaks are +260 underdogs for Thursday.
The American team will then take on Russia in a showdown match on Saturday before rounding out preliminary action against Anze Kopitar, we mean Slovenia, in which ought to be a gimme match on Sunday. All those games are set to get underway at 7:30am ET.
In both of the other classes, Canada is the obvious favorite at -650 to win Group B over Finland (+350), Norway (+5000) and Austria (+10000), together with Sweden in -200 to win Group C over the Czech Republic (+175), Switzerland (+800), and Latvia (+10000).
Once it dominates the headlines, hockey isn’t the only Winter Olympic game where fans can bet. There are odds on every occasion together with futures and props on which country will win the most medals.
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