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Canada vs Russia: 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Final Prediction

Canada’s World Junior Gold Medal drought ends

Following a run of five straight World Junior gold medals (2005-09) Canada has managed just two silver and one bronze medal over the past five years and have not medalled in the last two tournaments. Since Gold is the only color that counts in Canada, this group of rising stars is carrying the weight of the country on their shoulders. Canada has been the class of this tournament as they finished the round-robin stage at 4-0 and outscored their opponents by a 21-4 margin. The Canadians have rolled through the playoff round with two routs by a 13-1 count. Though the boatload of goals is sweet – the solid defense has been even sweeter.

Russia looks for two straight over the Canucks – Bol’she ne tak li?

This is the 5th time in the last 11 years that these rivals will clash for the Championship. Dating back to 2005, Canada owns a 3-1 advantage but they were embarrassed in a 5-3 loss after allowing all five goals in a third period meltdown in the last Gold Medal meeting back in 2011. This the 13th title meeting in 38 years of the tournament, that was officially formed in 1977, and the series is tied at six wins per country. Russia posted an uninspiring 1-1-2 record in Group B play and had a meager 13-9 goals margin in four games. The Russians sent Team USA packing with a 3-2 victory prior to a 4-1 win over Sweden to advance to the title game.

Russia vs Canada Call: William Hill bookmakers are offering a fairly sweet money line price on the red hot Canadian Kids in this contest. Remembering these are kids, and anything is possible when teenagers get together, we can’t see Canada being denied their proper place back on top of the World Junior rankings. Mine some Gold of your own with a 500 unit wager on the Team Canada 60 Minute money line at William Hill.

Team Canada vs Team Russia William Hill World Junior Championship Odds

Team Canada vs Team Russia William Hill World Junior Championship Odds

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