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Olympic Hockey Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 18

Olympic Hockey Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 18

Tuesday's Olympic Hockey Betting Cheat Sheet
By Covers.com

Here's a look at Tuesday's Olympic men's hockey action:

Slovenia vs. Austria (-118)

Tuesday's opener is expected to be the most tightly contested of the qualification playoff, and with good reason. Both teams finished the preliminary round with 1-2 records, with Slovenia compiling a minus-5 goal differential and the Austrians coming in right behind at minus-8. The deciding factor could very well be how the Slovenians deal with red-hot Austrian forward Michael Grabner. The New York Islanders veteran leads the tournament with five goals and has been one of the top three players in the event so far.

Russia vs. Norway (+1,500)

It hasn't been a great tournament for the host Russians, who have a regulation victory, an overtime triumph and a shootout loss on their ledger. That dropped them out of a top-four spot and an automatic first-round bye. They shouldn't have much trouble against a Norwegian side that was one of only two teams to be held without a point in the standings. Fans will be closely monitoring the status of Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who missed practice Monday after suffering a injury against Slovakia.

Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (+190)

The latest chapter in this bitter rivalry sees both teams failing to live up to expectations at this point in the tournament. The Czechs got off to a terrible start and haven't recovered since, with their only victory coming against an overwhelmed Latvian club. The Slovakians have yet to earn a victory, taking the Russians to overtime but also handing the Slovenians their first-ever Olympic men's hockey victory. Slovakia has just two goals, tied with Switzerland for the fewest in the tournament.

Switzerland vs. Latvia (+380)

If the Latvians figure out how to beat a Swiss goaltender, they might be getting some phone calls from the other teams. Switzerland has been magnificent on the defensive end in this tournament, pulling out a pair of 1-0 victories while dropping a 1-0 decision to Sweden. The Swiss are the team nobody wants to face in the next round (too bad, Canada) and should have little trouble shutting down a Latvian side that has fought gamely, but lacks the firepower to generate many scoring chances.

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