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Slovenia vs United States Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/16/14

Slovenia (1-1-0) vs United States (2-0-0)

Olympic Hockey: Sunday, February 16, 2014 (Sochi, Russia)

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The Americans look to build on their monumental victory over Russia yesterday as they take on a Slovenian bunch bursting with pride.

Slovenian came into this tournament looking to put them on the international hockey map and boy have they done that and much more through their first two games of this competition. The small, former Yugoslavian district has been the feel good story of the Men’s Hockey tournament thus far as they demonstrated a ton of heart and hustle against the Russians in their tournament opener and pulled off a 3-1 shocker over Slovakia yesterday giving them a ton of confidence heading into Sunday’s encounter with the Americans. While the Slovenians only have a single NHL player on their roster in the form of Anze Kopitar he has been instrumental to the success of his country’s efforts and with a number of current and former teammates looking across from him in this one I think we see another special effort from one of the game’s most dynamic players.

Slovenia vs United States Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/16/14

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The Americans have a chance at wrapping up first place in the pool with a victory here against Slovenia thanks in large part to their shootout victory over the Russians yesterday in what was one of the most exciting games you will ever see. The United States showed a ton of resiliency after the Russians tied the game in the third period and appeared to take the lead in what was ultimately a disallowed goal and thanks to St. Louis Blues forward TJ Oshie the Americans held on for a crucial shootout win. The US has to be considered in the very least a co-favourite for gold at this point as they have a very deep team and are firing on all cylinders right now and come into this game as five goal favourites against Slovenia. There is no question that the US would like to end this game early and get some rest for the elimination round and there is no question they are the much better team here but I am not buying the fishy line here as five goals is ludicrous. Even a 5-1 victory in favour of the Americans gets us a cover here and that is right around the final I am predicting here as a worst case scenario for Slovenia who I think can keep it even closer. The US avoids a scare comfortably, but I still think Slovenia covers.

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