Canada, Europe Face Off in Key Game
A game that was supposed to get little attention outside of Canada has become a showdown with some meaning. Team Europe takes on Team Canada on Wednesday in game that could determine a group leader and may offer some nice profit in World Cup of Hockey betting. The Canadians are the solid favorites for the tournament, and the Europeans have proven a penchant for surprises.
After deadpan performances in pre-tournament play, Team Europe jelled quickly by opening the tournament with a 3-0 shocker over Team USA. That made them the official Cinderellas of the whole dance. Jaroslav Halak stood tall in the Europe goal, stopping 35 shots from the American stars. And the Europeans took advantage of USA mistakes with a number of breakaway chances.
They didn't get the same kind of rushes against the Czech Republic on Monday but hammered enough shots to earn a 3-2 win against a desperate Czech side in the best Cup game yet.
The beast of the tournament, Canada slaughtered the Czechs in their opener, 6-0, with Sidney Crosby looking in fine form and Carey Price returning from last year's injury to stop 27 shots and earn the shutout. They were scheduled for a showdown with a needy USA team on Tuesday.
World Cup of Hockey Betting
This will be the second game in as many days for the Canadians, while Europe has had a day's rest. If Canada is coming off of a loss, they'll have survival to play for, but still not well rested. If there is an equalizer between these two, that may be it. The Europeans are still trying to prove they're more than just a bunch of also rans from eight countries. And they have a knack for hanging in and making the most of opportunities. But the Canadians simply have more firepower, home ice and should win this one.
Canada will certainly be the favorite, but a 1.5 spread in game betting may come at a nice price either way. And this one should be worth the live betting option in case the Canadians wear down. Both goal keepers appear in good enough form to make this a good under 5.5 at the right price.
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