Free World Cup of Hockey Pick: Russia vs Team North America Odds
Looking for Team Russia vs. Team North America free hockey plays? World Cup of Hockey betting sees Russia taking on Team North America on Monday September 19th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all World Cup of Hockey matchups all tournament so stay tuned for more FREE daily World Cup of Hockey predictions.
(0-1) Team Russia vs. Team North America (1-0)
World Cup of Hockey
Date: Monday, Sept. 19th
Time: 8:00 PM (EST)
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Hockey Moneyline Odds: Russia EVEN / Team NA -130
Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
Betting Total: 5.5 (O -150)
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It will be a back to back for both teams as Russia and Team North America get set for battle on Monday night.
Russia will look to avenge a 2-1 loss, while Team North America looks to build off a 4-1 win over Finland.
There was plenty of drama in the opening game for the Russians.
Trailing for the entire game, Russia found themselves down by 1 with just 33 seconds left after a Alexander Ovechkin goal. With just 11 seconds left, the Russians look to have the equalizer, but it was ruled the puck was pushed in with the glove hand.
The loss now has Russia on the brink here early on in the tournament as two losses spells almost for certain elimination.
Russia will need wins over Team NA here, along with Finland and they have the talent to do it.
Along side Alexander Ovechkin, the Russians will need more production here against Team NA from Malkin, and Kucherov.
Look for them to really pepper the goal here, as they need to put more pressure on the opposing defense.
Team North America
Despite being listed as underdogs here, Team North America comes in with a lot of momentum as they dominated Finland from start to finish in their opening game.
Posting 43 shots on goal, scoring just 4 goals was almost a disappointment for this team.
However, the task here will be much more difficult. After facing a Finland team that is defensive minded and doesn’t have many threats, they’ll get a look at a Russian team that can strike with a lot of different players.
They’ll get a look at many different lines here as Russia switched them up in the third period of their 2-1 loss.
Whatever the case may be, controlling tempo is the biggest key here. Russia knows their tournament lives are on the line.
Team North America must lean heavily on Aaron Ekblad, Ryan Murray, and Seth Jones to clear the zone and not allow Russia to control much of the possession in the zone.
4* Free WCH Betting Pick: Team North America +150
Team North America looked good in the pre tournament games and after their opening tourney game, they have a lot of momentum to build off of.
Look for them to attack here and keep the pressure on the Russian defense.
Free Score Prediction: Team North America 3- Russia 2
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