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    Winter Games: Ice Hockey Schedule, Odds and Predictions for 2018

    Winter Games: Ice Hockey Schedule, Odds and Predictions for 2018

    Canada is looking for it’s 4th Men's Hockey Gold Medal in 5 Olympias as it’s us against the world. But you can throw out all the recent trends and wins, because the slate is wiped clean and so are the rosters. No current NHL talent means all teams are going to shuffle the deck and pull together their best hockey journeymen.

    You may not know all their names. Hell, you may not have even known where Pyeongchang was until these Olympics. But it’s go-time! So let’s place our bets.

    Canada’s Olympic Men’s Hockey Schedule

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018, 7:10 AM EST

    • Canada (CAN)    
    • Switzerland (SUI)

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018, 10:10 PM EST

    • Czech Republic (CZE)
    • Canada (CAN)

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018, 7:10 AM EST

    • South Korea (KOR)
    • Canada (CAN)


    • Medal Qualifiers, Quarter Finals and Finals (Teams and Times TBA)

    Olympic Men’s Hockey Gold Medal Outright Odds

    Canadian hockey fans, you’re not going to like this.

    Odds from Sports Interaction

    • Olympic Athletes from Russia 1.97
    • Canada 4.24
    • Sweden 6.35
    • Finland 10.00
    • The Czech Republic 10.00
    • USA 11.00
    • Switzerland 35.00

    Olympic Winter Games Men’s Hockey Predictions

    Canada ranked 2nd overall, you say? If these were NHL players, we would take that more personally. 

    So let’s take a look at who we DO have. Team Canada is trying to bring a blend of grizzled vets, and young up-and-comers. It’s not really outrageous that Russia is favoured over Canada since a lot of our talent currently plays in the KHL in Russia.

    We’ve got 35-year-old Rene Bourque, and his 700 NHL games under his belt. You may remember him playing for Chicago, Calgary, Montreal, Anaheim, Columbus or Colorado. He was a key piece to Montreal’s run to the conference finals in 2014. We’ll also get I’ve seen it all” leadership from 37-year-old “ Chris Lee, with extensive international experience.

    But our most experienced player is Chris Kelly, who is currently playing for Belleville in the AHL. 

    His resume is pretty impressive:

    • 833 NHL Games
    • 123 NHL goals, 166 assists for 289 points
    • The Stanley Cup Final with Ottawa in 2007
    • The Stanley Cup Final with Boston in 2013
    • Won The Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011

    The first player in NHL history to score his team’s first goal of the season on a penalty shot (odd, but cool) 

    But it’s going to take a balanced attack and some new heroes to be born over these two weeks of hockey. By the end, expect one or two new (Canadian) household names.

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