Ice Hockey Betting: World Championship Day Two

Canada 1.65, the draw 4.65, USA 4.00

The two North American juggernauts clash, with the US still looking to avenge their losses last year and in the 2010 Olympic final. Although they do not possess the depth the Canadians have right through their squad, the US side’s top lines will still feel they can compete. Coming off the back of a convincing 7-2 victory over France on Friday, the Americans will be hopeful for an upset. Canada turned over Slovakia with relative ease, so both teams will be confident.

This will be a great game to watch and probably the most physical of the tournament. It should be closer than the odds suggest, so the US could be a good option.

Latvia 11.00, the draw 9.50, Russia 1.14

Russia and Latvia enter the fray in the Stockholm group, having not playing on Friday. The holders are overwhelming favourites to win the game, and could do so by some margin. Latvia have one eye on relegation, but have been members of the Elite division since 1997 and are probably too good to go down.

There’s little debate as to who will come out on top in this one, and looking at results from the first day you would back Russia to turn over at -2.5 goal handicap at 1.75.

Sweden 1.80, the draw 4.45, Czech Republic 3.45

A significant game at the top of Group B, as the 3rd and 5th ranked teams face off. Co-hosts Sweden have the edge with the vocal home support and a more gifted roster, but their opponents are out for revenge after their semi-final loss to the Swedes in 2011.

You can get good odds on a Czech win here, but with the support behind them Sweden will be extremely tough to beat.