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Sweden vs Finland Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/21/14

Sweden (4-0-0) vs Finland (3-1-0)

Olympic Hockey: Friday, February 21, 2014 (Sochi, Russia)

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Scandinavia takes centre stage in the first men’s Olympic hockey semi-finals on Friday morning in Sochi as bitter rivals from Sweden and Finland clash with a chance to play for gold at stake.

There is no secret that these two countries do not get along and using sport as a medium is certainly one way to fuel the fire and for hockey fans outside of Russia there couldn’t be a better final four in terms of intensity and animosity.  Finland heads into their semi-final clash with Sweden having just one overtime loss on their resume thus far and after upending the host Russians in the quarterfinals it is safe to say that the Finns are for real and deserve an opportunity to reach the podium for the second straight Games. Finland suffered a number of blows prior to and during these Olympics as they are with Mikko Koivu, Valteri Filpulla, and Aleks Barkov yet the Finns stuck around with the Canadians in the round robin and upended the offensively loaded Russians yesterday behind a stellar effort from Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask. Finland no has an opportunity to advance to play for the gold medal against the winner from the USA and Canada showdown but you can be sure they would consider a victory over their hated rivals as a huge victory.

Sweden vs Finland Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/21/14

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The Swedes endured some injury troubles as well as they lost their captain Henrik Zetterberg during their tournament opener and he won’t be back in the lineup and they’re without Henrik Sedin who has been sidelined since the beginning with lingering health issues. However, the Swedes haven’t skipped a beat as they went undefeated in the round robin and earned the top seed heading into the knockout round and now have an opportunity to validate their disappointing effort in Vancouver by qualifying for the gold medal game here against Finland. The Swedes have one of the best defensive units in the tournament as well as one of the best goalies in the world so they know they can compete with anyone at the Games but in a one game show down anything can happen and with Rask wearing blue and white in this one there is a good chance he can steal the show. We learned against Russia that you can never count out the Finns and in a grudge match like this getting two goals seems like a gift and despite running the table so far the Swedes haven’t faced any real competition to date. I will take Finland to keep it close though I think Sweden escapes and plays for gold. 

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