2022 World Junior Hockey Championship: Canada vs. Czechia Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 12, 2022

The Canadian World Junior team is back in action Saturday to face Czechia in the preliminary round.

Sitting atop Group A, Team Canada will look for a third straight win when they face Team Czechia on Saturday in the preliminary round of the 2022 World Junior Championship in Edmonton.

Canada is favoured to win by 3.5 goals on the WJC odds.

2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Betting Odds

Canada and Czechia have faced off in seven of the last 10 World Junior tournaments, including the last five leading up to this year.  Czechia’s last win against Canada in this tournament was a 5-4 overtime victory in the preliminary round of the 2014 tournament.  The last meeting between the teams was a quarterfinal matchup last year that saw Canada win 3-0.

Canada opened their tournament with a 5-2 win over Latvia on Wednesday before crushing Slovakia 11-1 on Thursday.  Czechia opened the tournament with a 5-4 win against Slovakia on Tuesday.  They also managed to pick up a point with a 4-3 shootout loss against Finland on Thursday.

Team Canada

There was no mercy in Team Canada’s 11-1 blowout win against Team Slovakia on Thursday.  The two big names on the roster, captain Mason McTavish and projected 2023 first overall NHL draft pick Connor Bedard, led the charge.  Bedard opened the scoring early in the first period, finishing with a goal and an assist in the game.  McTavish had a monster performance, potting four goals and two assists.  The Anaheim Ducks prospect tied a Canadian World Junior record for most goals in a game.  Another name on that list?  Bedard, whose four-goal outing in the cancelled December tournament still counts in the record books.

In all, Canada had seven different goal scorers against Slovakia, including Joshua Roy, Brennan Othmann, Will Cuylle, Logan Stankoven, Olen Zellweger and Zack Ostapchuk.  Nine Canadian players had multi-point games and 14 recorded at least a point.  Dylan Garand made 22 saves on 23 shots.  Because it was a back-to-back and Slovakia is a tougher opponent, Sebastian Cossa got the start in net in the first game against Latvia in anticipation of Garand playing the second.  Garand will be the starter going forward.

Team Czechia

Czechia put up a good fight against a tough Finnish team on Thursday, building a 2-0 lead midway through the first period thanks to goals from Jaroslav Chmelar and Jiri Kulich.  After surrendering the game’s next three goals, Jan Mysak tied things for the Czechs late in the third period.  Overtime didn’t generate many chances for either team and there wasn’t a single whistle blown in the extra five minutes of action.  Out of five Czechia shooters, Mysak was the only one to find the back of the net in the shootout.

Jan Bednar kept the Czechs alive in the game, stopping 28 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime.  Bednar blanked three of five Finnish shootout attempts.  He’s played both games for Czechia in this tournament, making 25 saves on 29 shots in the tournament-opening win against Slovakia.

Canada vs. Czechia WJC Score Prediction

Canada 4, Czechia 1