All teams have now played two round-robin games in the World Cup of Hockey and just one of four spots in the crossover semifinals is still up for grabs. Team Canada and Team Europe have both already clinched playoff spots and will be battling for top spot in Group A tonight.
Canada was not great last night, but they were good enough to send the gritty Americans back to the drawing board with a 4-2 win while Phil Kessel twiddled his thumbs at home. The Canadians have fired an average of 46.5 shots at opposing goaltenders thus far so Jaroslav Halak – who has a .969 save percentage through his first two games – will have to be sharp for Europe, assuming he gets the start.
When they played the United States, Europe sat back and took advantage of mistakes made by the overly aggressive Americans. This strategy will not be as effective against a Canadian team that is responsible at the back end and has a netminder that is one of, if not the best in the world in Carey Price as their last line of defense.
This game feels like one that stays relatively low-scoring as both teams will want to get some rest on their legs going into the elimination stages of this tournament and with only one total in eight games so far going over six, go ahead and take the UNDER.
In the scheme of things, this game means very little and Canada being a -750 favorite at [custom:bodog-link] is outrageous. Team Europe has allowed just two goals at this tournament and absolutely has a chance to win this game. At +475 I have a really hard time not betting on any hockey team in a best-on-best tournament where if a goalie gets hot, any team can win – take the value. +2.5 goals for Europe being offered at -115 is also extremely good value as the average margin of victory at this tournament has been 1.63 through the first eight games.
World Cup of Hockey: Team Canada vs Team Europe
Odds as of September 21 at Bovada
|Canada||-2.5 (-110)||-750||6 (-110) OVER|
|Europe||+2.5 (-115)||+475||6 (-115) UNDER|
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