IIHF World Championship 2019 Preview - Finland vs Canada Prediction & Betting Odds
May 07, 2019
The IIHF World Championship gets underway on Friday May 10 at the Steel Arena in Kosice, with Finland facing off against Canada in one of the two opening games of the tournament.
Canada and Finland are among perhaps six teams who travel to Slovakia with definite hopes of being crowned champions at the end of the tournament.
Team Canada travel to Slovakia looking to draw level with Russia/Soviet Union by winning their 27th title. They last won the World Championship title in 2016 (when they actually beat Finland 2-0 in the final in Russia).
A lot of talent and @91Tavares after his prime NHL season: That's Team Canada🇨🇦 at the upcoming #IIHFWorlds!— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 6, 2019
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This year Canada are challenging for favouritism with Russia and Sweden to win the gold medal with the betting line on Canada set at +275 with bet365.
At the IIHF World Championships in Denmark in 2018, Canada lost 3-2 by Switzerland at the semifinal stage. Finland were eliminated from the tournament at the quarter-final stage, when they were also by the Swiss by the very same 3-2 score.
Finland have twice won the World Championship in their history, with the last occasion being in 2011 when they beat Sweden in the final. Encouragingly for the Finnish team, the 2011 finals were also held in Slovakia. Finland’s first World Championship victory was back in 1995.
These teams also met in the group stage of the IIHF World Championship a year ago, where Finland ran out comprehensive 5-1 winners. The Finland roster for these finals doesn’t look as good as that of a year ago, with several key players still currently on Stanley Cup duty in the NHL.
Canada are missing Connor McDavid, with their World Championship 2018 captain being absent as he recovers from a PCL injury suffered in the final game of the regular NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers.
McDavid aside, the Canadian roster looks better than a year ago, with goaltender Matt Murray being an upgrade on last year and John Tavares giving them a real threat leading the line.
Finland vs Canada Betting Lines & Prediction
In terms of IIHF World Championship predictions, although there are always a few shocks at the World Championships, Canada do look the stronger team in this game and are consequently the tips to win.
Canada are the betting favourites on the Moneyline to win at odds of -357 with 888Sport, with Finland at +310 at bet365.
Pick: Money Line – Canada @ -357 (888Sport)