The semifinals are set at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the Olympic Athletes of Russia are the gambling favorite at -150 to acquire gold in men’s hockey.
Online sportsbook BetOnline is offering odds on which country will be on top of the podium with OAR in the lead followed by Canada at +200, the Czech Republic at +750 and Germany in +2500.
Olympic Athletes of Russia
The OAR pummeled Norway 6-1 in the quarterfinals and are a big favorite to get their first Olympic hockey medal since winning bronze in 2002. With their abundance of talent such as Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk leading the charge, this team will be tough to beat on international ice. They confront the Czech Republic in the semifinals.
Canada squeaked by Finland 1-0 in its very first elimination match also will be psyched to see that they get to play the Germans instead of Sweden. The Canucks will want to lean on goaltender Kevin Poulin vs Germany as starter Ben Scrivens is expected to miss the rest of the tournament having an abysmal injury.
The Czech Republic may be a sleeper at +700 to win gold if they can overcome the OAR. The Czechs were undefeated in group play and have come up big in shootouts, beating the Canadians and Americans in that format. If the semifinal match is shut, it may be”Catholic partner” to your OAR.
Germany Has an Opportunity to Win A Medal In Olympic Hockey For The Very First Time Since Winning Bronze In 1976.
The greatest surprise of the whole tourney, Germany is an overwhelming underdog to win everything at +2500. The Germans face Canada in their semifinal matchup but had the signature win of the championship in the quarterfinals when they mad Sweden 4-3 in overtime.
Germany has an opportunity to win a medal in Olympic hockey for the first time since winning bronze in 1976 and is led by former NHLer Christian Ehrhoff on the blue line.