Betting World Cup of Hockey - Capper Picks Canadians -105 To Win It All

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Ross Benjamin

Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:08 PM GMT

Our sports betting professional breaks down the World Cup of Hockey set to being in September. Go inside to read this compelling betting article culminated by his final predictions.

2016 World Cup of Hockey Betting Preview
The World Cup of Hockey is set to commence on Saturday 9/17. There will be eight teams participating, and all games will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Barring injury, the world’s best players will all assemble for this much-anticipated tournament.

The teams will be split up into two separate groups, and each will play three preliminary round games in a round robin format. The top two finishers from each group will advance to a semifinal single elimination game. The winners of those games advance to the Finals and the winner will be decided during a best-of-three series. 

 

Group A

  • Team Canada
  • Team USA
  • Team Czech Republic
  • Team Europe

Group B

  • Team Finland
  • Team Russia
  • Team Sweden
  • Team North America

 

Futures Betting Odds

Note: All betting odds for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey are courtesy of Bovada.

Team

Odds

Team Canada

-105

Team Russia

+450

Team Sweden

+500

Team USA

+650

Team Finland

+1400

Team North America

+1600

Team Czech Republic

+2200

Team Europe

+3300

 

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Team Canada
It should come as no surprise to any avid hockey observer, Team Canada is installed as the prohibitive favorite. After all, they’re clearly the most talented of the eight teams on paper. Not to mention, they’ll be playing on their home soil. Anything less than winning the tournament will be considered a massive disappointment. With all things being considered, betting odds of -105 isn’t actually a bad number.

 

Team Russia
There’s no denying the talent level on this Russian roster. As a matter of fact, that’s never been an issue for them at world tournament events. Since the USSR was dissolved, Russia is no longer the dominant force on the ice that they once were, and have disappointed their countrymen more often than not. I’m not enamored whatsoever with their defensive pairings. Team Russia should be able to generate more than enough offense. If they get better than expected play from its defense, and their goaltending holds up, it could potentially result in a Finals appearance. 

 

Team Sweden
A hot goaltender can carry you a long way in a short tournament. Sweden possesses one of the world’s finest in Henrik Lundquist. If there’s a criticism, this is an aging Swedish roster that’s seen a very little changeover in recent years. Experience is never a bad thing to have, as long as it doesn’t involve a plethora of players beyond their prime. Sweden’s roster is walking a tightrope in that regard. One thing for sure, they’ll be strong on defense, and “Sir Henrik” is capable of stealing a game or two all by himself.

 

Team USA
This is the least impressed I’ve been in recent memory, pertaining to the selection of a Team USA roster for a major tournament. Ironically, history has shown that’s when they seem to overachieve and surprise. Beating Canada on 9/20 is highly unlikely. So it becomes imperative they win against the Czech Republic and Team Europe during round-robin play. Despite their apparent shortcomings, they should be able to advance out of this group. If that indeed occurs, anything can happen in a single-elimination semifinal game.

 

Team Finland
Speaking of goaltending, the Fins tandem of Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne are formidable, to say the least. I have huge concerns with Team Finland’s defense. That’s especially so, considering the quality of offensively skilled players they’ll see throughout this tournament. Team Finland’s history has proven they play tight checking and low scoring games. Their style of play can be extremely frustrating to play against. Nonetheless, in a tournament loaded with so many gifted scorers and skaters, Finland will have a tough time getting past the preliminary round.

 

Team North America
Team North America will be made up of Canadian and American players 23 years of age or younger. This will be the first time a team of this sort has ever been assembled to compete on a world stage. Don’t let their youth and experience fool you. This is an enormously talented group of players, and capable of beating anyone on any given night. Especially when you possess the likes of Connor McDavid (Oilers), Jack Eichel (Sabres), and Auston Mathews (Maple Leafs) just to name a few. Their forwards are definitely the team’s strength. They’ll have huge question marks on defense and in goal. Nonetheless, this will be a very exciting team to watch play and one that can surely upset the most experienced competition.

 

Team Czech Republic
I don’t see the Czech Republic making any noise. They seem destined for a three and out performance. Their big game will be against Team USA in group play. If they can upset them there’s a good chance they’ll advance. However, that’s a really big if, and I don’t see it happening.

 

Team Europe
Similar to Team USA, this will be the first time this combination of players is put together to compete as one. Team Europe will consist of players, not from the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. It will be a tall order for them to succeed considering the language barriers. That hindrance makes it very difficult to develop chemistry and cohesiveness, especially so in such a short time. The roster consists of players from France, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Norway, and Switzerland. It’s more like a gathering of dignitaries at a United Nations summit convention, rather than a hockey club competing for a world title.

 

Expert Predictions

First Place
Canada -105
Second Place
Team USA +650
Sleeper
Team North America +1600