Canada vs Finland Prediction & Betting Odds - IIHF Preview

Canada and Finland meet in the final of the IIHF World Championship 2019 at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Sunday afternoon (local time).

The game is a repeat of the opening group encounter of the tournament at the Steel Arena in Kosice, in which Finland inflicted Canada’s only loss of the IIHF World Championship 2019 to date as they ran out 3-1 winners.

Canada came within just 0.4 seconds of elimination in the quarter-finals against Switzerland before going on to win the game 3-2 in OT, but had no such dramas in routing the Czech Republic 5-1 in the semi-finals with goals from Mark Stone (now the tournament leading scorer with nine goals), Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot.

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Finland, with what on paper is a fairly limited roster (featuring just two players from the NHL in Henri Jokiharju of the Chicago Blackhawks and Juho Lammikko of the Florida Panthers), already have some significant scalps in the knockout stage. Having dramatically beaten the two-time defending champions Sweden in the quarter-finals, they then went out and defeated the tournament favourites Russians 1-0 in the semi-final through a Marko Anttila goal with 9:42 left in the third period. Finnish goalie Kevin Lankinen recorded his second tournament shutout with 32 saves.

The 33-year-old Finnish captain Anttila also got the tying goal with 1:29 left in regulation when Finland eliminated Sweden with their 5-4 OT quarter-final victory.

Finland last won gold, also in Bratislava, in 2011 under the same head coach, Jukka Jalonen. Their only previous World Championship gold was in 1995 in Stockholm. Finland are seeking their first medal since 2016’s silver medal in Moscow, where they lost the final to Canada.

Canada vs Finland Team Stats

Looking at the statistics, Canada are at 12.87% on Scoring Efficiency (SE%), with Finland are at 8.89%.  On the Power Play (PP%), Canada are at 50.00%, while Finland are back at 23.08%. On Penalty Killing (PK%), Canada stand at 78.57%, with the Finns at 80.95% and in Goalkeeping (SVS%), Canada are at 93.81%, with the Finns at 92.68%.

Canada vs Finland Lines & Betting Pick

As for IIHF betting predictions, Canada will be out to avenge their opening day loss and, having had an easier semi-final, they are the tips to win the trophy at odds of -182 with bet365 on the Money Line. Finland can be backed at +150 with Betway Sports.

Pick: IIHF World Championship 2019 Winner – Canada @ -182 (bet365)

Pick: IIHF World Championship 2019 Winner – Canada @ -182 (bet365)

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