Russia v Canada Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19

Russia and Canada meet on New Year’s Eve at the Rogers Arena in what will be the fourth and final Group A game for both teams.

Both Russia and Canada should have already qualified for the knockout stage of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships 2018-19 by the time this game takes place, but there is a possibility that this game could potentially decide who tops the group and in theory who gets the easier route to the final via a less challenging draw in the next stage.

Russia started this year’s tournament with a 4-0 win against Denmark on Thursday night, although that looks less impressive when put in the context of Canada handing out a 14-0 routing of the Danes a day earlier in their opening game of the World Junior Ice Hockey finals.

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Russia also played three international friendlies in preparation for the finals, with mixed results, in the build up to this tournament. A 4-2 loss to Sweden was then followed by a 3-2 defeat against the USA, but they finished with a 4-1 win against Switzerland.

In the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships 2017-18, having finished third in their qualifying group behind Sweden and the Czech Republic, the Russians were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by the host nation, the USA, 4-2.  

Canada’s own preparations for these finals were somewhat mixed too, with 5-3 and 6-1 wins over Switzerland and Slovakia respectively, followed by a surprise 5-2 loss to Finland just before Christmas, with the Canucks being outplayed and well beaten by impressive opponents.

Despite that loss to the Finns, Canada will be widely predicted to not only beat Russia, but also to top Group A. Russia are probably a level below the very top teams at these finals and this is a game that Canada should win and they are our betting tips to do so on the Money Line odds.

Pick: Money Line – Canada