Sochi 2014 Preview: Odds to Win Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal
The men’s hockey action gets underway at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Canada and Russia are the two favorites but unlike the women’s hockey, the men’s hockey is more than just the top two teams. A number of teams could be in the mix to win the gold medal.
The 2014 men’s Olympic hockey tournament begins on Wednesday, February 12th with Sweden vs. the Czech Republic, and Latvia vs. Switzerland. The tournament continues for nearly two weeks with the gold medal game set for February 23rd. Most of the games will have early start times. All of the games for the USA team in the group stage begin at 7 am or 7:30 am Eastern Time.
Four years ago at the 2010 Winter Olympics it was Canada winning as Sidney Crosby scored the game winner in overtime to beat the United States. The ice surface in Sochi, Russia is bigger so the speed of the Russia and Sweden teams could give them a better chance to win the gold.
Canada and Russia are the two favorites in Olympic hockey odds to win the gold medal. Canada won the gold four years ago but Russia has not won gold since 1992. They have a talented team this year led by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk.
The teams are divided into three groups, Group A has Russia and the United States along with Slovakia and Slovenia while Group B has Austria, Canada, Finland and Norway while Group C has the Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland and Sweden. Teams play three games in the group stage and then seedings are determined for the next round.
Odds to Win Gold Medal
Czech Republic +1000
Olympic hockey odds are on the board for teams to win each group and also on the individual games which begin on Wednesday.