Olympic Men’s Hockey Preview – Czech Republic vs. Latvia
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The 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey schedule started on Tuesday February 16th. Next up is Tuesday’s action for Feb 23rd at 7:00pm Pacific time we get Latvia vs. Czech Republic. We encourage you to check out Sportsbook.com and bet on the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey games and hockey lines online.
Tournament Qualifying Round Matchups: QUALIFICATION PLAYOFF ROUND (Winner Moves On – Loser Has ZERO chance at medal), Czech Republic vs. Latvia, Canada vs. Germany, Slovakia vs. Norway, Switzerland vs. Belarus, The USA, Sweden, Finland, and Russia have 1st round playoff byes.
Czech Republic vs. Latvia Live Odds
Spread: Czech Republic -3.5, Latvia +3.5
The Czech Republic and Latvia meet in one of four Qualifications Round Games in this year’s Men’s Olympic Hockey tournament. This game represents chance to play fourth-seeded Finland in the quarter-finals.
The Czech Republic 2-0-1-0 = 6 points, fifth overall arrives in the Qualification Round because of their loss to Russia in their last Round Robin game. The Russians made a statement in that game that the Czechs weren’t ready to challenge yet. Even though they have had a lack of recent International success, the Czechs are still a dangerous team. They have the best player in the last 20 years (Jaromir Jagr) playing at a high level right now and they have one of the most unheralded NHL goalies Tomas Vokoun on top of his game.
The Latvians likely have their tickets home already booked. If it wasn’t for the semi-crazy Qualification tournament (every team makes it), the Latvians tournament would already be over. They have no offense to speak of, a weak defense and a goaltender that nobody has, or will ever hear of again. Team Latvia’s best hope is to make a game of it and enjoy their Olympic experience – the Czech are just too strong.
For betting purposes, this is an interesting game to call. The Moneyline is unavailable right now, but the Czechs are currently -3.5.
Latvia vs Czech Republic Free Gambling Pick
The over/under currently sits at 6.5. The only other time that these teams faced each other in International play, the Czechs won 5-2. I think a similar outcome is what we can expect.
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