Fresh off of a definitive win against the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Team Canada will face off next against Finland.
After securing 5 unanswered goals over Russia on Sunday, Team Canada has now won 21 in a row at the Olympic Games, an impressive feat that has earned them four gold medals. If you want to watch this one live, you’ll need a case of Olympic insomnia, as the game airs at 2:40am on February 13th.
Canada vs. Finland Odds and Betting Analysis
Finland is coming into this game against the gold medal defenders having given the America team a good scare before dropping to the USA 3-1. The Finns scored first in the dying seconds of the first period, and the American team, favored to win gold this year, had to turn up the heat.
Team Canada are well favored here, currently sitting at -879 on the moneyline. If you think Canada can win by more than 3 goals, the puckline is more of a bargain. Finland has been in third place on the odds board to win gold since the beginning of the tournament, and should give Canada their second best challenge of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
It took the first period for Team Canada’s formidable offense to get rolling in their first game of the 2018 Olympics, but when it kicked in, the Canadians looked characteristically unstoppable. Rebecca Johnston got the first of the game and followed it with a second and an assist. Teammate Melodie Daoust also scored twice and Haley Irwin put one past the Russian goalie as well.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin assisted on three goals and netted one for herself, bringing Canada’s total to 5. A surprise decision was made with starting goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens, but she didn’t disappoint in her Olympic debut, getting an 18-save shutout.
Team Finland opened their Olympic run against the United States and the feisty team gave the Americans a quick reason to light a fire under their skates. Finnish forward Venla Hovi got one past Maddie Rooney with seconds to spare in the first period.
As the game progressed, the American team outshot Finland 42-24 but only put two in behind a goalie, before getting the insurance goal on a empty net. Why wasn’t the score as lopsided as the shots? Because of spectacular Finnish netminder Noora Raty, who is considered the best player between the pipes in the entire tournament.
Raty is a former Minnesota Golden Gopher and powerhouse of a goaltender, stopping 40 of the 42 shots against her on Sunday night. The Canadians will have to put a ton of pressure on her if they want another blowout victory.
Canada vs. Finland Women’s Olympic Hockey Prediction
Canada 4, Finland 1