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|Written by Brock Lanning|
|Sunday, 28 February 2010 11:08|
Millions of people around the world will be tuning in on Sunday afternoon at 12:15 PST (3:15pm EST) to watch the United States and Canada battle for the gold medal in men’s Olympic hockey odds. The Canadians are the power, having won seven gold medals in the past while the United States has won twice. Canada will be looking to win their first gold since 2002 while the United States has not won since the Miracle on Ice in 1980 when they beat Russia in sports odds for the semifinals and then Finland for the gold medal.
The United States is trying to become the first team since the Soviet Union in 1988 to win every game in the hockey tournament. Canada is a one goal favorite in Olympic hockey odds at online sportsbooks with the money line favoring Canada at -200. The total on the game is 5.5 with the over at -145. The spotlight on Sunday could be in goal as the United States has Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller while Canada has home town favorite Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. The edge in goal has to go to Miller based on his play so far in these Olympic Games but Luongo is no slouch.
The defense for each team looks even. The United States has veteran Brian Rafalski who has been brilliant while Canada has Dan Boyle and a more experienced group on the blueline. The edge in Olympic hockey odds would seem to be with Canada considering they have Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla and a who’s who list of big name forwards but the big names have not done much in this tournament. The United States has Zach Parise and a number of other young scorers including Patrick Kane. The one advantage that might get overlooked is the home ice. Canada has a big home ice advantage with the game being in Vancouver. If they get off to a good start the United States is in trouble.
The U.S. has the confidence to beat Canada though and that will be extremely important as the U.S. tries to withstand the early Canada pressure. The United States is the underdog and despite what Canada coach Mike Babcock said, the U.S. was not expected to get this far. “You can tell 18,000 people here that they're the underdog. I don't think they'll agree." Babcock said. In reality most of those 18,000 would agree since Canada was expected to win the gold before the Olympics started and they are still expected by everyone in Canada to get the win on Sunday. The United States and Canada have met 16 times in Olympic hockey odds and Canada has dominated, winning 10, losing three with three ties. The United States did win last week though 5-3 and it was their first win over Canada at the Olympics in 50 years. Watch the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal hockey game between the USA and Canada at 12:00pm PST (3:00pm EST).
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