If the United States is going to take the top place 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 baseball at Sochi heading into the tournament 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 chances, together with the Czech Republic in 12/1.
Switzerland at 25/1, Slovakia at 33/1, and Norway, Latvia, Austria, and Slovenia are major all longshots at gaming stores like Sports Interaction.
The Americans sit in Group A of the tournament along with Russia, Slovakia, and Slovenia, together with the Russians preferred at -200 across the United States (+175) to finish in top place in group action at the event. Slovakia is currently at +1000 on those odds, with Slovenia back at +10000.
The United States plays its first match of the tournament 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 overlook the championship for the Slovaks due to injury.
The Slovaks are +260 underdogs for Thursday.
The American group will then take on Russia in a showdown match on Saturday before rounding out preliminary actions against Anze Kopitar, we mean Slovenia, in which ought to be a gimme match on Sunday. All of those games are set to get underway at 7:30am ET.
In the other two groups, Canada is the obvious favorite at -650 to win Group B over Finland (+350), Norway (+5000) and Austria (+10000), together with Sweden at -200 to win Group C over the Czech Republic (+175), Switzerland (+800), and Latvia (+10000).
While it overlooks the headlines, hockey is not the sole Winter Olympic sport where fans can wager. There are chances on every occasion together with futures and props on which country will win the most medals.
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