bet365 WJC Odds, Preview: Canada vs Finland (Dec. 26)

It all begins anew on Tuesday morning, as Canada begins their quest to bring home a third straight gold at the 2024 World Junior Hockey Championship. Boxing Day has become one of Canada’s great sporting traditions, the first game in a quest for immortality for a group of players projected to be the next generation of hockey stardom. All the same, you can’t get too sucked into that noise and pressure – the players ultimately have to play their games like any other tournament, and that begins with a round-robin game against Finland.

Bet on Canada vs. Finland

CAN -193
FIN +140

Team Canada are distinct favourites heading into Tuesday, with odds of victory sitting at -193 on the moneyline.

Canada vs. Finland odds

Canada Moneyline Odds-193
Finland Moneyline Odds+140
Puck Line oddsCanada -1.5 (+125), Finland +1.5 (-173)
Total Goals line5.5 goals (over -125, under -112)
Time/DateDec. 26, 8:30 a.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN
Stream: TSN+
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About Team Canada (0-0)

Canada enters this tournament with high expectations, though that’s hardly unfamiliar. Due to our talent pipeline and extreme interest in this under-20 tournament, there’s a gold-or-bust mentality across these lands, with anything short of ultimately victory being a loss.

Does Canada have the team to match that? It can certainly be argued, though they enter the tournament with just the third-best odds of winning it all (+250). Canada played two pre-tournament games to prepare for the ones that count. In their first one, they won 6-3, though there were a couple of causes for concern. Whether it was Switzerland tying the game after Canada went up 2-0, or Macklin Celebrini being ejected for a check from behind that ultimately went un-suspended, the ride was far from being on cruise control. In their second game, they fell 6-5 to the United States, who are currently favoured to win the tournament at (+175). Montreal Canadiens fans will be torn by the conclusion, as their prospect Lane Hutson scored the overtime winner for the USA, but did so off a turnover by Owen Beck, who is also a Habs pick.

About Team Finland (0-0)

On the other side, Finland sits at the fourth-best odds to win the tournament (+600), and has a little bit to prove after a quarterfinal elimination last year at the hands of archrival Sweden. Their team isn’t as full of high-end prospects as the big three favourites (USA, Sweden, Canada), but features a bevy of solid NHL draft picks and draft-eligible talent who can make things interesting.

In pre-tournament action, Finland defeated Slovakia 5-1 on December 19th, and two days later, beat Czechia (Czech Republic) 4-1 on the back of three powerplay goals. Arttu Karki, Rasmus Kumpulainen, Jani Nyman, and Emil Hemming had Finland’s goals, showing a bit of variety across the lineup.

Projected Lineups

Team Canada WJC LinesTeam Finland WJC Lines
Fraser Minten – Conor Geekie – Jordan Dumais
Easton Cowan – Matthew Poitras – Matthew Savoie
Owen Allard – Owen Beck – Nate Danielson
Matthew Wood – Macklin Celebrini – Brayden Yager

Denton Mateychuk – Maveric Lamoureaux
Jake Furlong – Noah Warren
Jorian Donovan – Oliver Bonk

Starting In Goal
Mathis Rousseau
0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%
Lenni Haameenaho – Konsta Helenius – Jani Nyman
Aleksanteri Kaskimaki – Jere Lassila – Kasper Haltunen
Jesse Kiiskinen – Oiva Keskinen – Emil Hemming
Janne Naukkarinen – Rasmus Kumpulainen – Samu Bau

Arttu Karki – Kasku Kulonummi
Jesse Pulkkinen – Otto Salin
Veeti Vaisanen – Joona Vaisanen

Starting In Goal
Niklas Kokko
0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 0.000 SV%
  • Canadian team NHL Prospects on Canada: Fraser Minten (TOR), Easton Cowan (TOR), Owen Beck (MTL)
  • 2024 Draft Eligible prospects on Canada: Macklin Celebrini, Owen Allard, Mathis Rousseau, Samuel St. Hilaire
  • Canadian team NHL Prospects on Finland: Samu Bau (OTT)
  • 2024: Draft Eligible prospects on Finland: Konsta Helenius, Jere Lassila, Janne Nuakkarinen, Max Koskipirtti, Jesse Pulkkinen, Veeti Valisanen, Joona Vaisanen, Eemil Vinni, Noa Vali

Total goals over 5.5


Today’s 2024 World Juniors Gold Medal Odds

Here are the odds to win the 2024 World Junior Hockey Championship, heading into December 26th:

United States+175Sweden+225Canada+250
Finland+600Czech Republic+2000Slovakia+3000

Top Scorers

Canada’s Top Scorers

Fraser Minten00000
Conor Geekie00000
Jordan Dumais00000
Easton Cowan00000
16 Other Skaters00000

Finland’s Top Scorers

Lenni Haameenaho00000
Konsta Helenius00000
Jani Nyman00000
Arttu Karki00000
16 Other Skaters00000

Wagers To Consider

  • Individual player props have yet to come out for the Tuesday slate, and might not before puck drop. The first round of games in a tournament like this will usually see some caution, as it’s hard for the books to properly project lineups and fit. We’ll update you if more odds release.
  • With that said, I do think Canada reasonably wins this game, and judging by the pre-tournament totals for both teams, I think it’ll be more open-ended than the 5.5-goal total line provides. I’d look at that (-125) to start and come back later if more appears that interests yourself or us.