Olympic Hockey Odds: USA Fourth
It won’t require a miracle like in 1980, but the Americans are far from the top betting choice in Olympic hockey betting odds posted today.
The 2014 Olympics are in Sochi and oddsmakers have made host Russia the early favorite to win the gold medal. Bovada opened the USA as a 6/1 fourth betting choice, behind Canada and Sweden.
The Russians, who have won three of the past six World Hockey Championships and boast plenty of offensive firepower, are 11/5. The Canadians, defending Olympic champions after Sidney Crosby’s golden goal in 2010, are a close second at 9/4.
Sweden, with an aging roster but superb international pedigree, is 4/1.
“The bigger ice surface always presents challenges for North American players and it will dictate how teams are picked as well,” said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com. “You can’t have grinders or guys who can’t keep up, because that lack of speed will get exposed on the bigger ice.”
There are also plenty of Olympic hockey prop odds posted today, focusing on which goalie will start for Team Canada. Speculation on who will and won’t make the team is also the subject of several interesting hockey prop bets.
The Czech Republic, winners of five world championships since 1999, are 17/2, while Finland, which boasts the best goaltending of any team, are 10/1.
The longshots in the field of 12 teams are Austria (led by Buffalo sniper Thomas Vanek) and Slovenia (captained by Los Angeles King Anze Kopitar), who are each 900/1 bets.
Odds to win 2014 Olympic Hockey Gold Medal courtesy of Bovada:
Czech Republic 17/2
Who will be the Starting Goaltender for Team Canada for Game 1 of the 2014 Olympics?
Carey Price 5/7
Roberto Luongo 1/1
Any Other Player 5/1
Will Canada win a gold medal in men’s hockey at the 2014 Olympics?
What Medal Will Canada win at the 2014 Olympics?
No Medal 23/10
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