| Wed 21/02/2018 - 07:08 EST

      Winter Olympics 2018: Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game Preview

      Winter Olympics 2018: Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game Preview

      Canada vs USA: The Rivalry That Never Ends

      Three minutes and thirty seconds. That was how close Team USA was four years ago to dethroning Team Canada and tasting Gold for the first time since 1998, the inaugural Women's Ice Hockey tournament. But Canada engineered a jaw-dropping comeback scoring two goals within the final three minutes to tie the game and clinching the medal in overtime. 

      A heroic effort from Canada and a bitter defeat for the Americans. They outplayed Canada for 57 minutes but were undone by a few mistakes. But being the tough-minded athletes that they are, Team USA has used this painful memory as motivation to become even better

      Team USA is the number-one ranked squad but Canada has a win over them in the Group Stage. Oddsmakers slightly favour the US here. Will they finally get over Canada?

      Team Canada Breakdown

      Puckline Odds: +1.5 (-336) 
      Moneyline Odds: 
      +107

      Canada being an underdog is rarer than a thirty-degree day in Nunavut but oddsmakers feel this Canadian team may come up short to the Americans. This is almost the same team from 2014 that barely just beat the Americans and they are now without the legendary Hayley Wickenheiser. 

      What Canada, it's all about team chemistry. Like Finnish goaltender Noora Raty said, "Canada plays so well as a team; they're prepared, their system's really good." Having only played three games, Canada has a whopping 16 goals scored versus two goals surrendered for a tournament-best 14-goal differential.

      The team has five players with multiple goals including last year's hero Marie-Philip Poulin who has two goals and five points while Melodie Daoust leads the team with three goals and six points. Genevieve Lacasse is the X-Factor here. She made 44 saves in Canada's win over the US and she'll have to be just as good as the Americans will be out for blood. 

      Team USA Breakdown

      Puckline Odds: -1.5 (+221) 
      Moneyline Odds: 
      -151

      They'll have to win eventually. The Americans have thoroughly outplayed Canada in their last two Olympic meetings but still somehow lost. After their heartbreaker in Sochi, they went on to win three consecutive IIHF World Women's Championships and were virtually unbeatable until running into their northern nemeses earlier last week.

      Team USA outshot Canada 45 to 23 and spent the majority of the game in Canada's zone. Despite the loss, the Americans shrugged it off. Forward Amanda Kessel said, "I feel really good about it, and our team should, too. We put a great effort, and I think we put some doubt in Canadians' minds."

      Doubt they did put especially in the minds of bookmakers as the US team enter this match as the favourites. They are the more talented team on paper, especially on offence. Despite having fewer goals per game (14 in four games), Team USA is brimming with talents like Kessel, Gigi Marvin, and team captain Hilary Knight.

      Goaltender Maddie Rooney knows she has to be better if Team USA is to finally defeat Canada. While she wasn't bad, she'll have to outperform Lacasse and be a stone wall for USA as it will take a herculean effort to put Canada away. Team USA knows no lead is safe and they'll need to put their pedal to the metal for a full sixty minutes. Show no mercy. Be ruthless but be smart. 

      Prediction: the only prediction that's safe to make here is that this will be another closely contested game. Though there is an outside chance that Team USA blows Canada out of the water. This sounds ludicrous given their last two games but Team USA is just faster and more talented offensively. Anything short of Canada's goalies standing on their heads and Team USA could run away with the game. 

      Regardless, the Americans will finally get the monkeys off their backs and finish Canada off to capture their first Olympic gold medal since 1998. Bank on Team USA to win.

      Team USA (-151) Sports Interaction

      The Winter Olympics isn't just a sporting event for national pride. Plenty of Canadians head to these online sportsbooks to make some extra coin by wagering on their favourite athletes. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were actually underdogs and wowed everyone en route to another gold medal and sharp Canadians profited with them. Check our reviews to find the right book for you.

        Category : NFL News

        More articles...
        NFL News - 07/02/22
        Super Bowl Commercials 2022 
        Super Bowl Commercials 2022

        Coming soon, the 2022 NFL Super Bowl will be here and folks can't wait for the action to arrive. With that said, Super Bowl Commercials 2022 is already a trending topic and people are just as excited for the advertisements than the game. Each year, people not only enjoy watching things but also betting on prop bets too. What can people expect from the Super Bowl commercials this time around? 

        NFL News - 21/01/22
        Las Vegas expected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 
        Las Vegas expected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024

        In a brilliant turn of events for Sin City, some big news is in for the state as a whole to be honest. Indeed, Las Vegas expected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 is something that folks had been hoping for ever since Allegiant Stadium was built as the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders. While this game is still two years away, people are counting down the days for this to arrive. NFL fans will be taking over Las Vegas.

        NFL News - 15/12/21
        Who is Playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2022? 
        Who is Playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2022?

        Details on the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show are emerging – and from what we can tell, it is going to be quite the performance.

        NFL News - 12/11/21
        Crypto Super Bowl LVI Commercials are Coming 
        Crypto Super Bowl LVI Commercials are Coming

        When you turn on the Super Bowl on February 13 – expect to see something new – at least one cryptocurrency commercial.