Sweden Can Win Because…
Switzerland is not on their level. Just take a comparative look at each teams opening contests: Sweden pummeled the Czech Republic 4-2 while Switzerland needed a miraculous third period goal with eight seconds remaining just to earn a 1-0 win over Latvia. That should tell you all you need to know.
While the Swiss have Hiller, the Swedes have a deep roster that’s going to come in waves. Hiller might be able to stop them for a little bit but eventually they will break down and the Swedes will earn another easy win.
Switzerland Can Win Because….
They have Jonas Hiller. They showed in their opening game that that’s all they really need.
Although the Swiss didn’t exactly overwhelm Latvia in their opening 1-0 win, they did exactly what they needed to do: get a win. They only allowed 21 shots on net and Hiller stuffed all of them. They only took three penalties and they successfully killed off every man-advantage.
Switzerland is not one of the elite teams in this tournament but they have an All-Star caliber goaltender. If you’re banking on them with your hockey picks to pull some upsets, this is exactly how they’ll have to do it.
Outlook & Pick
You have to lay 1.5 pucks on the hockey odds here and I think that’s reasonable. Switzerland doesn’t have the offense to hang tight in this one and while Hiller will keep them close for a bit, eventually, Sweden will overwhelm them. Switzerland is simply overmatched here, so lay the spread in your sports picks.
Pick: Sweden -1.5 -130 at Pinnacle