If the USA is going to take the top spot on the podium in the men’s hockey tournament in Sochi, they are likely to need to do it as the underdogs.
The odds to win the gold medal in hockey at Sochi heading into the tournament have america at 6/1, which puts them behind Canada (2/1), Russia (12/5), and Sweden (9/2) about the Olympic baseball gold medal odds list.
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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 at 11/1 chances, together with the Czech Republic at 12/1.
Switzerland at 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 across the USA (+175) to finish in top place in group action in the event. Slovakia is at +1000 on those chances, with Slovenia back at +10000.
The United States plays its first match of the championship 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 tournament for the Slovaks due to 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 actions against Anze Kopitar, we mean Slovenia, where ought to be a gimme match on Sunday. All of those games have been set to get underway at 7:30am ET.
In both of the other groups, Canada is the obvious favorite at -650 to acquire 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 dominates the headlines, hockey isn’t the sole Winter Olympic sport where fans can bet. You will find odds on each occasion along with futures and props on which country will win the most awards.
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