Ice Hockey Betting: World Championship Day Four


USA 1.70, the draw 4.50, Slovakia 3.85

The USA's campaign has been completely galvanised by their thrilling overtime win over rivals Canada. Captain Jack Johnson scored his second of the afternoon to finish a game that was full of twists and turns. Along with Johnson, forwards Paul Stastny, Max Pacioretty and Kyle Okposo have been key to their offense so far.

Slovakia find themselves without a win after losses to Canada and Finland, leaving their hopes of a quarter final place in doubt. Defensively they look solid and will know they have a chance of beating the US here if the Americans aren't at full tilt.

The US are favourites, but the odds on a draw and a Slovakia win represent good value.

Denmark 14.00, the draw 9.25, Sweden 1.12

It's been a good start for the Group B hosts, whose 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic was more comfortable than expected. The empty net goal at the end made for a slightly flattering scoreline, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless.

Denmark were stunned after losing to relegation favourites Italy in overtime on Sunday. They now have to pick up a win against a higher ranked opponent to avoid the drop. They will probably target the game against Latvia, meaning that this should be a routine for Sweden.

Czech Republic 1.20 the draw 8.00, Norway 8.75

After that loss to Sweden, the Czechs will be looking to regroup against an underdog Norway team that competed well against the Swedes. The Czech Republic are struggling to score goals so far, having netting just twice in their first game against Denmark.

Norway will be happy with their showings against Sweden and Russia, when they took advantage of their powerplay opportunities to stay in the game.

Judging by the early form of both teams, this is a potential banana skin for the Czechs, but you would expect them to just have enough to win it.