Canada vs Sweden Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/23/14
Canada (5-0-0) vs Sweden (5-0-0)
Olympic Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
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Canada and Sweden meet up on the final day of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a gold medal and hockey supremacy at stake.
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The Swedes head into Sunday’s final as pretty heavy underdogs yet have coasted through the tournament thus far and along with Canada are the only two teams yet to lose. Sweden was at least a CO-favourite heading into the tournament but some setbacks that included the loss of Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg had many thinking the Swedish tournament would end prematurely. Sweden has looked great so far but have been criticized for the lack of competition they have faced yet they had to upend both the Swiss and the Finns to get to this spot. Sweden has a lethal powerplay that is anchored by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson who is second in the tournament in scoring and if the Swedes can force the Canadians into penalty trouble they will have ample opportunity to get on the scoreboard. Sweden is coming off a 2-1 victory over Finland in the semi-finals behind a stellar effort from Henrik Lundqvist and with the way Carey Price is playing for the red and white the Swedish netminder will have to be on point if Sweden is to claim gold here in Sochi.
Canada looks to claim its second straight Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey on Sunday after blanking the Americans in the semi-finals on Friday. Canada has been getting better with each passing game and their blue line solidified themselves as the best unit in the country with the way they have played not only against the US but all tournament long. There is no question that on paper the Canadians were the best team heading into the Olympics as they have a roster full of the world’s bets players and could have fielded a second team that would still compete for a medal but the one they have sent to Sochi has a great opportunity to claim gold. While it isn’t the matchup that hockey fans were hoping for as the intensity and hostility between these two hockey nations isn’t up there with some of the best they are certainly the two best teams in the world at the moment and it should make for a great game. While both teams have suffered similar injury woes and have responded nicely, and both teams have spectacular goaltending I think the edge here has to go to Canada. They have a better group of forwards and their blue line has been remarkable to watch and while Canada hasn’t had the tournament people expected offensively I think they have enough in the tank to skate away with the gold medal.