Team Canada and Team Europe would be the final teams standing in the World Cup of Hockey since they now get set to face off at a best-of-three string to ascertain who’ll wear the crown until the NHL determines the next championship will be held.
Canada beat Europe 4-1 when they met in round-robin play, coping Europe its only loss.
The total has gone OVER 6 at only one of Canada and Europe’s 8 respective games.
Canada has scored 4.75 goals per match at the WCH while Europe has scored 2.5 per game.
Canada is currently coming off a 5-3 win against the Russians in the semifinals in a match where they outshot their opponents 47-34. The team that has led the game in shots is 8-6 so much in this tournament but if you eliminate the Americans’ information from that metric, it moves to 8-3 — the U.S. outshot their opponents in every game but went 0-3, skewing the information. Canada outshot Europe by 26 if they last met so much of this duty will fall on Jaroslav Halak’s shoulders, assuming he gets the start in net for Europe.
Team Europe has proved pretty much everyone incorrect at this tournament so far and has a opportunity to pay off individuals who backed them from the start as they had +3300 chances to take gold and have been +1000 heading to the semis. A goalie who gets hot can win a hockey game by himself, as I’ve said all along. Europe is offering +575 moneyline chances for Game 1 and together with the way Halak has been playing, I have a hard time not shooting BetOnline on that.
Canada comes back since the -1000 favorites at the first of three matches and, yes, they will win. I really do expect the Europeans to compete, however, and I would just take Canada -1 or -1.5. The moneyline is offering no worth at all and the spread at 2.5 is a bit too wide for me. I believe this game finishes 3-1 in favor of Team Canada so Europe +2.5 makes a whole lot of sense to me.