Canada vs USA Predictions & Betting Odds - IIHF World Juniors Picks
December 25, 2019
Canada and the USA start their 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship campaigns with a heavyweight head-to-head clash between two of the bookmakers favourites for the title at the Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic.
The Group B game takes place on Boxing Day evening (local time) and the winner could theoretically put themselves in a very strong position for the rest of the tournament, not only in putting down a marker to the other teams, but in potentially benefiting from the draw in the knockout stage of the tournament.
Although the Canadians were unable to claim a medal on home-ice at the IIHF World Junior Championship a year ago and the USA were runners-up to Finland, it is Canada who are the marginal favourites both for this year’s tournament and therefore to win this particular game too.
There is undeniably quality on the Canadian roster, with left wing Alexis Lafreniere being the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He didn’t participate in any practices during the selection camp in Oakville, Ontario, as a result of an ankle injury, but is expected to be fit and available against the USA.
Lafreniere, along with defensemen Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) and Jared McIsaac (Detroit Red Wings), is one of three Canadian players returning from the 2019 WJC.
Betting Odds - Winner
- Canada to win at -142 (1.70) $200* Free Bet
- USA to win at +115 (2.15) $200* Free Bet
- Canada to win at -136 (1.73) $250 Free Bet
- USA to win at +112 (2.12) $250 Free Bet
- Canada to win at -135 (1.74) $50 Free Bet
- USA to win at +114 (2.14) $50 Free Bet
- Canada to win at -169 (1.59) $200 Free Bet
- USA to win at +120 (2.20) $200 Free Bet
The USA has no fewer than 6 returning players on their roster… goaltender Spencer Knight (Florida Panthers) of Boston College, Jack Drury (Carolina Hurricanes), forward Oliver Wahlstrom (New York Islanders), defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (Buffalo Sabres) and defenseman K’Andre Miller (New York Rangers).
Canada vs USA World Juniors Betting Lines & Tip
In terms of IIHF 2020 betting tips, the USA could prove to the value as the pick to win in the World Juniors betting odds on this game.
IIHF 2020 Picks: Money Line – USA to Win @ +130 (2.30) with Betway Sports