Czech Republic vs Sweden Men’s Olympic Hockey Prediction (2/12/14)
It’s been 8 years since Team Sweden has won a gold medal and they expect nothing short of another gold medal this time around. Sweden will kick off their quest for gold against the Czech Republic which should be a cake walk for them.
Including the 3 goaltenders, Sweden’s roster consist of all NHL players. And with aging stars who are most likely playing in their final Olympic tournament I expect Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Zetterberg to keep this squad going with all of their NHL experience.
Looking at Sweden’s roster I feel like I am looking at an NHL roster, up and down talent and that’s all I need to be convinced that Sweden will go 3-0 before the qualification playoff rounds.
Looking at the Czech Republic, they also have some NHL talent up and down their roster. Except they will have to rely on Ondrej Pavelec, the only goalie on the roster with NHL experience. Pavelec plays for the Winnipeg Jets and he is a decent goaltender, but facing a team like Sweden he is going to have a hard time. Especially with that Czech defense. Outside of Marek Zidlicky and Michal Rozsival this Czech defense is going to be leaving Pavelec out to dry one too many times in this match-up and throughout the tournament.
Why is Peter Nedved even on this roster? The Czech’s couldn’t find young talent outside of the old man? I know Jaromir Jagr is old but he doesn’t look old out on the ice when playing in the NHL. I can only imagine how bad Nedved is going to look out there.
Vegas set the money line odds at -180 for Sweden and the puck line at -1.5 with odds of +170
Both the money line odds and puck line are very reasonable for this very good Sweden squad. I just can’t imagine that the Czech will get past the Sweden defense then on top of that, past Henrik Lundqvist. Just can’t see it happening, not in the first game at least. Later into the tournament, that’s a different story.
Sweden -180 to win $100
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