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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Men’s Ice Hockey Semifinals Feature Rival Nations

Separated largely by the Baltic Sea and the 49th Parallel respectively, a pair of Nordic and North American Nations are set to battle for the right to play in the Gold Medal game in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey tournament. Finland vs. Sweden opens the action before Canada vs. USA takes center stage once again. Wow – this is going to be fantastic!

Finland vs. Sweden: Nordic Nations are set to collide in Sochi

A pair of teams that have been hit hard by injuries open what will be a fantastic day of Olympic hockey action as IIHF world #1 ranked Sweden clashes with their Nordic counterparts #2 ranked Finland at 7:00 AM ET from the opulent Bolshy Ice Dome in Russia. Sweden has defeated the Czech Republic 4-2,  Switzerland 1-0, Latvia 5-3 and Slovenia 5-0 to this point. Finland, the only team in the tournament to medal in the past two Olympics ( silver and bronze medals) skated past Austria 8-4 and Norway 6-1 before they dropped a close 2-1 overtime decision to Canada and then upset host Russia 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist vs Finland’s Tuukka Rask goaltending battle sets this contest up as a close and low scoring affair. Take the pucks and back Team Finland.

Canada vs. USA: Men attempt to match the Ladies Gold Medal thriller

Hot on the heels of Canada’s thrilling 3-2 OT win over the USA in the Ladies Gold Medal game yesterday, the Men take to the ice at 12:00 PM ET in a rematch of the Vancouver 2010 final. The Americans have rolled through the tournament as they defeated Slovakia 7-0, Russia 3-2, Slovenia 5-1 and then the Czech Republic 5-2. To win back-to-back Gold, Canada needs to be better today as they have had their struggles in wins over Norway (3-1) Finland (2-1 OT) and Latvia (2-1) while in between they pounded Austria 6-0 back in the preliminary round. We are somewhat surprised that the bookmakers have the Canucks as top chalk, albeit with heavy juice, in this contest. Call it blasphemy but we’ll bet on the USA with the SportsBetting sportsbook puck line.

Sochi 2014 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Semifinals – Betting Prices

Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoffs Betting Prices: Sochi 2014 Olympics

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