Canada vs Russia Olympic Hockey Preview
The hockey showdown everyone’ been waiting for arrives today in Vancouver, as Canada and Russia square off in the quarterfinals with the loser being denied a chance for a medal. Canada earned their spot in the quarterfinals with an 8-2 whipping of Germany in the qualification round. Jarome Iginla netted a pair of goals for Canada, giving him five for the tournament. Eric Staal had three assists and Rick Nash finally found the back of the net after previously leading Canada in shots on goal.
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Roberto Luongo replaced Martin Brodeur in goal and was solid, stopping 21 of the 23 shots he faced. The Russians got to skip the qualification round after finishing atop Group B. Despite arguably playing better than Canada in the tournament so far the Russians are the underdog at BetUS in tonight’s winner-take-all game. Canada is a -150 favorite in the game and Russia is a +110 underdog. The rest of the quarterfinal matchups on tonight include Switzerland vs. USA, Finland vs. Czech Republic and Sweden vs. Slovakia. The only game from that trio that is expected to be even close is Finland vs. the Czechs. The Czechs were almost eliminated in the qualification round after a close 3-2 win over Latvia in overtime. Finland is a -130 favorite at BetUS, while the Czechs aren’t far off at -110. The other two quarterfinal matchups are expected to be routs. USA vs. Switzerland is a rematch from the opening round, which the USA won 3-1. In the rematch the USA are a 3-goal favorite at -110 on the puck line at BetUS. The puck line odds in the Sweden vs. Slovakia matchup have the Swedes favored by only 1-goal, but they’re huge -350 favorites on the odds.
Women’s Olympic Hockey odds The women’s hockey medals will be handed out on Thursday, as the two women’s hockey powers, Canada and the USA clash in the gold medal game. Both teams have breezed through the tournament so far with undefeated record and lop-sided goal totals. In their four tournament wins Canada outscored their opponents 46-2, while the Americans outscored their opponents 40-2. This is the third time the USA and Canada have met up in the gold medal game. In Nagano in 1998 the USA won the first gold in women’s hockey by defeating Canada 3-1. Canada struck back in Salt Lake City in 2002 with a 3-1 win in the gold medal final. The Americans didn’t make it to the gold medal game in Turin in 2006 after an upset loss to Sweden and Canada easily took the gold again.
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