Olympic Hockey Betting News and Notes Sunday, February 16

Olympic Hockey Betting News and Notes Sunday, February 16

Sunday's Olympic Hockey Cheat Sheet
By Covers.com

Here's a look at Sunday's Olympic men's hockey action.

Austria vs. Norway (-286)

Third place in Group B is at stake when the Austrians and Norwegians tangle in the first game of the day. Neither team has fared all that well so far, with Norway showing less of a propensity for giving up goals - surrendering a modest nine in losses to Canada and Finland - while the Austrians have scored twice as many goals - 4 to 2 - but have given up a whopping 14 to date. Austria boasts more firepower up front thanks largely to New York Islanders teammates Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner, but have struggled mightily in their own zone.

Russia vs. Slovakia (+580)

The host Russians will be out for blood after dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 shootout decision over the United States in a game that essentially decided top spot in Group A. The defeat will make the path to gold that much tougher for Russia, but it gets a bit of a reprieve in its round-robin finale against a disappointing Slovakian side that has dropped its first two games by a combined score of 10-2. Neither Peter Budaj nor Jaroslav Halak has looked good at all in net for Slovakia, while the offense was virtually non-existent in its stunning 3-1 loss to Slovenia.

Slovenia vs. United States (-10000)

The Americans are riding high following the thrilling victory over Russia, and can complete a perfect round-robin with a victory over Slovenia. T.J. Oshie was the hero in the shootout, thanks to an Olympic format that allows a team to use the same shooter anytime after the third round of the sudden-death format. The Slovenians have already earned their "gold medal", having earned their first-ever Olympic victory with their triumph over Slovakia; they'll be hard-pressed to repeat the feat against a U.S. side playing the best hockey of any team in the competition.

Finland vs. Canada (-400)

The final matchup of the preliminary round will determine which team prevails in Group B. Canada took a while to get going, but rolled to an easy victory over the Austrians on Friday and has surrendered just one goal through the first 120 minutes of play. Finland has been just as impressive so far, tallying 14 times in easy victories over Norway and Austria. Expect both teams to roll with their top netminders for the must-win contest, with Tuukka Rask getting the call for Finland and Roberto Luongo favored slightly over Carey Price in the Canadian net.

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