Canada v Czech Republic Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19

On Saturday 29 December Canada play their third of four group games, with the Czech Republic being the latest opposition at the Rogers Arena in their quest to retain the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.

On paper at least, the Czechs should represent a sterner test for the Canadians than either Denmark or Switzerland would have done in their opening two Group A games. Canada’s final group game against Russia on New Year’s Eve promises to be tougher still, so the Czechs will be useful preparation for that encounter.

Canada and the Czech Republic met at the semi-finals stage of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 2017-18, with Canada easing to a 7-2 win at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, despite falling a goal behind early on.

 

A useful reference point for any World Junior hockey betting predictions on this game is that both these teams have recently, within a couple of days of days of each other, been in pre-tournament friendly action against the Slovakia U20 team.  On Wednesday 19 December, the Czechs were taken to penalties by their local rivals before claiming the win after the game had finished as a 1-1 draw after OT.

Just two days later Canada faced the Slovakians and claimed a comprehensive 6-1 victory. That would suggest that there’s little change in the gulf in quality between the Canadians and the Czechs from a year ago.

A further point of reference is that both teams will also have played Denmark in their group games prior to this encounter, with both expecting to beat the team deemed to be the weakest in Group A.

There isn’t going to be any great value in taking the Money Line odds on a Canada victory in this game, so backing them on the Puck Line could be the best bet option here.

Pick: Puck Line – Canada