Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin gives the home team a huge advantage for the Winter Games in Sochi but watch out for Team Canada and Team Sweden who are rounding out the top three nations vying for Gold when the puck drops in February
In July we had our first look at Olympic Hockey – Gold Medal odds for the Sochi Winter Games and now that the NHL season is well underway it’s time to revisit the original numbers and see how the online bookmakers have adjusted.
Team Canada (+166) has pulled ahead of Russia (+247) as the outright favorite to win it all and as the reigning Olympic Hockey champion we can probably expect this trend to continue right up until the first puck drops on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The Canadian roster suffered a blow when Steven Stamkos broke his leg in a game against the Boston Bruins Nov. 11 but Steve Yzerman will not rule his young superstar forward off the team completely just yet. The truth of the matter is that Team Canada’s decision makers have a lot of important questions to answer between now and Sochi and we feel they are being slightly overvalued at this price.
Sweden (+509) on the other hand, looks like good value with Olympic odds paying back at better than 5 to 1. King Henrik Lundqvist signed a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers Dec. 4 that will pay the Olympic gold medalist $59.5 million through the 2020-21 season. It takes a lot of pressure off Lundqvist who was currently in the final year of his existing contract and along with Robin Lehner and Jhonas Enroth, gives Sweden the type of depth other teams dream of. Add a top line featuring the Sedin twins, second line scoring with Gabriel Landeskog and Alexander Steen on wing and the veteran leadership of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson and it is hard to find any flaws.
Here is the complete list of odds from Sports Interaction, who we consider to be one of the authorities in online wagering. Also included are the early Olympic odds featured in our first 2014 Winter Games betting preview.
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LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
Futures’ betting is always an exciting type of wager but if you don’t want to take a flyer on the team to win it all, here is another betting option available at one sports betting outlet that breaks down the teams into groups.
Group A: Russia (-197), United States (+177), Slovakia (+1,100), Slovenia (+30, 200)
Group B: Canada (-642), Finland (+329), Norway (+7,700), Austria (+21,500)
Group C: Sweden (-159), Switzerland (+800), Czech Republic (+1,585), Latvia (+10,000)