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Women’s Olympic Hockey Odds: United States vs Canada

Written by Bishop Whitmore   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 13:56
2010 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey odds have Canada -1 favorites against the United States.

The two most powerful teams in women’s hockey odds meet for the gold medal in 2010 Vancouver Olympics betting on Thursday night at 15:30 PST (8:30pm EST) as the United States faces Canada. This match-up is nothing new considering Canada won the gold medal in 2002 and in 2006 while the United States won gold in 1998 when women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics. Canada is a one goal favorite at online sportsbooks in Winter Olympic odds for this game and -200 on the money line with a betting total of 5.5 OVER -125. Neither the United States nor Canada has been tested at all so far in the Olympics.

They are both unbeaten at 4-0 in Olympic hockey sports odds and have huge margins of victory. The U.S. team has outscored their four opponents 40-2 while Canada outscored theirs 46-2. Jenny Potter leads the United States with six goals and 11 points while Meghan Agosta has nine goals and 14 points for Canada. The teams are so dominant that between them they have won every gold medal, every world championship and every title that means anything in women’s hockey. Now the two rivals meet again for the gold medal in hockey odds on Thursday night.

“This is our Stanley Cup final, our Super Bowl, our Final Four all rolled into 60 minutes on the ice," said U.S. defenseman Angela Ruggiero, "It's probably the best rivalry in women's sports for the people who know about it." Since neither team has been tested so far it could come down to which goalie plays better. The United States will go with Jessie Vetter while Canada could go with either Kim St. Pierre or Shannon Szabados. The goalies haven’t been tested in the Olympics so far but that will change in this game.

Another key to this game in hockey odds could be experience. Canada has 15 players who have been in the Olympics before while the United States has only six. "We have a lot of young energy and a lot of confidence, and we've been able to dominate with a lot of rookies who really believe they can play with Canada," said Ruggiero. While the United States won the 2008 and 2009 World Championships, they still only have three wins in their last ten games against Canada. The last time the teams met was on New Year’s Day as Canada won 3-2 in a shootout. "We're a different team than we were two months ago," says Ruggiero. "We're peaking at the right time."

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