World Cup Hockey Betting Best of 3 Final Predictions: Europe vs. Canada Best
Best-of-three World Cup Hockey Final (Team Europe vs. Team Canada) will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (if necessary)
The World Cup of Hockey is coming to an end as the final two teams square off in a best-of-three series. Game one is set to begin tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. (est). The pair will compete again on Thursday (September 29) for the second time. If necessary, a third and final game is scheduled for Saturday (Oct.2).
On the one hand, we have a Canadian team that was expected to win it all from the start. On the other end of the spectrum, an unlikely opponent who entered the tournament with 33/1 odds of winning. Team Europe stunned the hockey world by defeating the United States and the Czech Republic to advance to the semifinals.
On Saturday night, the Canadians steamrolled the Russians, winning 5-3. On Sunday afternoon, Europe and Sweden met, with this one going the distance. Tomas Tatar eventually scored the game-winning goal in overtime, sending Team Europe to the final.
Final of the World Cup of Hockey:
- Tuesday, September 27 – Europe vs. Canada 8pm (EST) (EST) ESPN in the United States and CBC in Canada
- Thursday, September 29 – Europe vs. Canada 8pm (EST) (EST) ESPN2 in the United States and CBC in Canada
- Saturday, October 2nd – Europe vs. Canada 7 p.m. (EST) ESPN in the United States, CBC in Canada (if necessary)
Predictions for World Cup Hockey’s Best of three Finals
All three games are required. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from World Cup Hockey thus far, it’s to expect the unexpected. While conventional logic would suggest that Team Canada should sweep, we must consider the possibility that these two teams will meet in a winner-take-all matchup on Saturday.
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Halak Takes a Game
Jaroslav Halak spent the offseason working hard to get his body back into shape after an injury-plagued 2015-16 season. He’s been the tournament’s best goaltender thus far, and he’s a big reason why the Europeans were able to beat Sweden.
The powerhouse Canadians may find a way to break through the brick wall at some point; however, don’t be surprised if the Islanders netminder steals a game while carrying the team on his shoulders.
Marchand and Crosby Maintain Dominance
Brad Marchand and Sidney Crosby led the way for Canada in their semifinal matchup. Marchand and Crosby have combined for six goals and twelve points in four games (averaging three points per game).
Canada is the only team that can have a single forward on any of their four lines step up and dominate in a single night, but they’ll need their deadly duo of Marchand and Crosby to keep filling the net if they want to win.
Canadians eventually wear down their adversary
When you have the depth that the Canadians have, this juggernaut is borderline unbeatable. International hockey, thankfully, is a sprint, not a marathon. Even the biggest giants can be knocked off their pedestal with single game eliminations and no margin for error.
When you start giving teams like this second chances in a multi-game series, it’s difficult to imagine the European team pulling off a miraculous upset. The depth of Canada should eventually wear on Team Europe, and it’s only a matter of time before the floodgates open.
Predictions for Game 1: Canada (2) Europe (3) G – Marchand, Tavares
Draisaitl, Hossa, and Bellemare
Game 2: Canada (5), Europe (2) G – Crosby (2), Couture, Stamkos, Burns G – Tatar, Kopitar G – Tatar, Kopitar
Europe (4) Canada (3) (2)
Crosby, Marchand, Perry, and Pietrangelo (G)
Zuccarello, G – Kopitar