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France paris and Cologne, Germany are the hosting cities for the IIHF world hockey tournament of this year at which the tournament favorite, Team Canada, will opt for its third successive gold medal.
BetOnline gets the possibility for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual competition and they have given the Canucks a pretty good shot at do it once more with a cost of +175. Although they won’t have their captain from last year’s golden run, Canada’s roster includes five returnees from 2016, such as centers Mark Scheifele and Ryan O’Reilly, therefore they will be plenty deep up the middle with Nathan MacKinnon and Claude Giroux also committing into the championship.
Behind Canada are the typical suspects Russia (+325) and Sweden (+325). The Ruskies are famed for dominating this tournament and actually hold the record for the most gold medals with 27 already in Putin’s trophy case. However, they’ll draw at the peak of the leaderboard with Russia if Canada gets another triumph. Medaling out in three consecutive years (golden in 2014, silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016) that the Russians will be disappointed with anything besides another look in the gold medal game.
Team Sweden may be one of the teams that are most intriguing to watch. Sure, they’ll be down Henrik Lundqvist and Erik Karlsson as they’re still competing against each other at the Stanley Cup playoffs but they will have the likes of this Gabriel Landeskog, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman and William Nylander, the Maple Leafs’ magnificent rookie winger. They will be a skilled fast and defensively team motivated to keep their excellence on the world stage.
This is a tournament in although sweden hasn’t medaled since 2014. They’ve got nine golds in their history but what’s more impressive is that they have earned 20 awards (and six of those golds) in the last 30 decades.
Behind the front-runners we’ve Finland (+800), Czech Republic (+1000) and the USA (+1000) all in the conversation as well. 10/1 would appear to be good value for the Americans but once you consider that the Star Spangled Banner has not been played in celebration in the world hockey championship in 57 decades, it almost feels like a long shot.
Although they’ve earned bronze two of the last four decades, this is a contest that the Americans could not care less about, generally speaking. You’re very likely to find most of the best U.S. players on the links rather than the ice to get this one.

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