Free World Cup of Hockey Pick: Czech Republic vs Canada Odds
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(0-0-0) Czech Republic vs. Team Canada (0-0-0)
World Cup of Hockey
Date: Saturday, Sept. 17th
Time: 8:00 PM (EST)
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Hockey Moneyline Odds: Canada -113
Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
Betting Total: 5.5
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The World Cup of Hockey kicks off on Saturday evening with two games. The second game features Team Canada and Team Czech Republic going head to head at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Both teams skated to 2-1-0 records in pre-tournament action, and now the games count for real.
Team Czech Republic
The Czechs always present a bit of an enigma when they take part in international tournaments.
Not armed with an overwhelming amount of firepower, this Czech team will likely be defensive-minded and play a strong, structured game.
This was on display against the speedy and talented team North America in the final tune up game, when the Czechs were able to keep puck possession and limit open ice for the more skilled young stars team.
Up front, it’s not exactly a who’s who of NHL stars, but there are some solid pieces like Tomas Plekanec, Jakob Voracek, and Ondrej Palat.
Those three will be leaned on heavily, along with Bruins’ young forward David Pastrnak.
The goaltending is always a strong point for the Czechs and this year shouldn’t be much different.
Michael Neuvirth may not be the flashiest name in this tournament, but if you saw him in last year’s NHL playoffs when he frustrated the Presidents Trophy winning Washington Capitals, you know that he has the ability to steal games.
In a tournament like this, he could cause some upsets all by himself.
As is to be expected, Team Canada comes into this tournament as the odds on favourites to win it all. Loaded with talent, well-coached, and playing on home ice, this team is going to be a tough out for any team that steps on the ice against them.
Where to start with this NHL superstar lineup?
Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Getzlaf, Logan Couture, Patrice Bergeron. This looks more like a lineup you would assemble in a video game, not in real life.
The defence corps are no slouch themselves with Brent Burns, Drew Doughty, and Shea Weber anchoring a ridiculously talented group.
If there’s one chink in the armour, and it’s odd to say it, it may be in goal.
At present it looks as if Carey Price will be the number one, but after missing most of last season due to injury, he’s looked rusty at times in pre-tournament action.
Price is still arguably the best goalie on the planet, so expect him to find his form, but an off night from Price could be very costly.
Free Czech Republic vs. Canada Hockey Prediction
Team Canada on home ice is a tall task for the Czechs, and I expect them to come out and try to control the pace at which the game is played to take the crowd out of it early.
If Canada nets one early, watch out because with that talent and the crowd backing them, this team can steamroll people.
4* Free WCH Betting Pick:
Canada is just too talented to lose to the Czechs I believe.
The Czech team will play a tight checking game and try to limit Canada’s opportunities, but with the forward depth Canada boasts and their ability to keep attacking in waves, they’ll eventually break through and crack the Czech team that for all intents and purposes should be playing to try to salvage an OT point.
But hey…what do I know?
Free Score Prediction: Canada 4 – Czech Republic 1
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