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Team Canada Sets Sights on Reeling Americans

There is some serious unrest among the ranks of Team USA. John Tortorella’s tactics and the lack of success in Game 1 of USA's World Cup of Hockey drew heavy criticism from the public and more concerning, from former Team USA hockey legends such as Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano and Brett Hull. If they fail to get a huge upset against tournament favorite Team Canada tonight, USA’s bid to win the World Cup is more than likely over.

  • USA has not won a best-on-best tournament since they took gold at the 1996 World Cup.
  • Canada has won back-to-back gold medals at the Winter Olympics.
  • Canada beat the USA 5-2 when they met just over a week ago in a pre-tournament game.

Dean Lombardi and John Tortorella assembled a gritty, grinding team that they thought would have a lot of success within the NHL rules being used during the World Cup. A respectable theory but the practice of that theory has left most baffled. USA was embarrassed by Team Europe in a game in which they benched Dustin Byfuglien, one of the grittiest players in the world and one of the best all-around forward/defensemen in the NHL.

Canada has a chance to take advantage of a team that is reeling and looking for answers. They dominated the Czech Republic in their first contest and looked better than the Americans in almost every facet of the game. Carey Price was sharp in net, there was a ton of chemistry between the forwards and they allowed just 27 shots to reach their goaltender.

The Americans will have to make serious adjustments if they have any hope of stopping a Canadian juggernaut that peppered the Czech tendy with 50 shots. Europe was able to beat USA 3-0 despite amassing just 17 shots on goal so Torts would be smart to roll with Cory Schneider or Ben Bishop in this one.

Bovada has lines up for the contest and there’s some value here if you have faith the best hockey-playing nation in the world stays that way tonight. The puckline (Canada -1.5) is being offered at -105 and I think that cashes easy. Canada’s speed and skill could have the Americans seeing stars and I’m predicting a scoreline of 4-1 in favor of the reigning Olympic champs.

World Cup of Hockey: Team Canada vs Team USA

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

Canada-1.5 (-105)-3005.5 (-115) OVER
USA+1.5 (-130)+2255.5 (-120) UNDER
Who will record more points in this game?

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

  • Patrick Kane (USA) +160
  • Draw +200
  • Jonathan Toews (CAN) +130
Who will record more points in this game?

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

  • Max Pacioretty (USA) +200
  • Draw +175
  • Joe Thornton (CAN) +120
Who will record more points in this game?

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

  • Joe Pavelski (USA) +175
  • Draw +200
  • Brad Marchand (CAN) +120
Will Carey Price Record a shutout?

Odds as of September 20 at Bovada

  • Yes +450
  • No -850