World Cup of Hockey 2016 Predictions and Odds For The Entire Tournament
Hockey fans no longer have to wait until the next Winter Olympics in South Korea to see exciting action on an international stage between the world’s best players.
The first preliminary round games of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey begin on Saturday.
As expected, host Canada is the favorite (see the odds below). However, the gap is not as wide as it is during Olympic competition, and some non-Olympic wrinkles in this tournament, such as the U-23 North American team and Team Europe combined squad, may make predicting the winner difficult.
The entire tournament will be held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Check out our complete competition preview below.
Here are the most recent tournament betting odds.
-105 for Canada
Russia +500, Sweden +600, the United States +600, and Finland +1100
Team Europe +3300 North America U23 +1200 Czech Republic +2500
The First Round
Here are our preliminary round predictions. In one semifinal, the Group A winner faces the Group B runner-up, while the Group B winner faces the Group A runner-up.
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2) United States of America
3) Europe’s Team
4) Republic of Czechoslovakia
2) North American Team
3) The Russian Federation
Semifinals of the Playoffs
Team North America (A1) is defeated by Canada (A1) (B2)
Sweden (B1) defeats the USA (A2)
In a rematch of the 2014 Olympic men’s hockey gold medal game, Canada wins the final (best-of-three). The two-time defending Olympic champions have a balanced blue line and two of the league’s top five goalies in Carey Price and Corey Crawford. By the way, Mike Babcock is arguably the best NHL head coach, and his assistant is former Stanley Cup winner Claude Julien.
It will be a lot of fun to watch Team North America. This U-23 team, comprised of the best young Canadian and American players, has already demonstrated in exhibition games that its fast-paced, highly skilled roster generates a lot of scoring.
In three pre-tournament games, Team NA scored 13 goals and allowed six, including a 7-4 thrashing of Team Europe. The incredible talent of Johnny Gaudreau-Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel alone is reason enough to consider this team.
This team is well worth watching if you want to see the next generation of great NHL players. Some of these players are already considered superstars.