2014 Winter Olympic Men's Hockey Betting Odds

Ross Benjamin

Monday, February 17, 2014 7:37 PM GMT

We have reached the stage of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament where teams must win or they’re eliminated. The winners in each of the 3 groups, along with the 2nd place finisher have automatically qualified for the quarterfinals, while the remaining 8 teams will play a qualification game, with the 4 winners advancing to the quarterfinals.

The teams are seeded according to their points earned during round robin play. I have listed below where all 12 teams were seeded following the completion of group play along, in addition to their revised hockey betting odds to win the gold medal. 

1.       Sweden (4/1)

2.       United States (6/1)

3.       Canada (2/1)

4.       Finland (10/1)

5.       Russia (9/4)

6.       Switzerland (25/1)

7.       Czech Republic (10/1)

8.       Slovenia (1000/1)

9.       Austria (1000/1)

10.   Slovakia (33/1)

11.   Latvia (400/1)

12.   Norway (200/1)

In my original article written for sbrforum.com titled Olympic Men’s Hockey Future Odds that was posted on 2/10/2014, I included my prediction for the 3 medal winners. I have listed below those selections along with the hockey betting odds at that time.

  • Gold: Sweden (4/1)
  • Silver: Canada (2/1)
  • Bronze: United States (6/1)

The Swedes

The odds of my 3 choices prior to the start of the Olympic Tournament are all exactly the same. My only concern in reference to my selection of Sweden is the fact that Henrik Zetterberg was injured during round robin play, and will be out for the remainder of the Olympics. Otherwise with the #1 seed they get a great draw in the quarterfinals with having to play the winner of the Slovenia/Austria game. The Swedes will be a heavy favorite in that contest and barring another “miracle on ice” and will find themselves among the final four teams remaining with a chance to win the gold medal. In all likelihood they will play the winner between Russia/Finland in the semifinals. The Russians have disappointed so far just like I predicted, but are capable of being an extremely tough out playing at home. Finland has been exceptionally well so far winning their first 2-games by a combined score of 14-5, before falling in overtime 2-1 to a very strong Canadian team.

Oh Canada

The Canadians won all 3 of their games in round robin play in route to finishing 1st in Group B of the tournament. If they’ve shown any flaw it’s been an apparent lack of chemistry. They were far from impressive in their opener defeating an overmatched Norway team just 3-1. The win over Austria 6-0 was more of what was expected, and then in their final game, they were fortunate to come away with an overtime win versus Finland. Canada is headed for a collision course with the United States in the semifinals which will be a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game at Vancouver.

Oh Say Can We See Gold

The United States played as expected or better during the round robin portion of the competition on their way to finishing 1st in Group A. They were involved in an absolute classic versus Russia in their 2nd game of the tournament winning 3-2 in a marathon overtime shootout. The Americans were dominant in their other 2-games routing Slovakia 7-1, and easily defeating Slovenia 5-1. As opposed to the Canadians this American team has displayed very good chemistry. Having 11 players on the roster from the 2010 Silver Medal winning team certainly has been a huge asset.

Potential Surprises

With respect to my original article, two of the three surprise teams I listed Switzerland and Finland have done nothing to discredit those selections. The Swiss are one of the best defensive teams in the world right now. They allowed just 2-goals in their first 3-games on the way to finishing 2nd in Group C. However, the lack of offense is a real concern going forward. They’ve also scored just 2-goals thus far in the competition with all 3 games ending in identical 1-0 scores.

Finland ending up 2nd in Group B, and if not for an overtime loss to the Canadians in their final game would have finished on top. The real surprise for me has been the amount of offense this Finnish squad has produced scoring 16-goals in the 3-games. If they continue sustain that type of offensive pressure on their opponents, and with their stellar goaltending, they will be a very dangerous team to play from here on out.