Winter Olympic hockey odds: Canada favored to win Gold

Bruce Bennett

Canada was favored to win Gold entering the Olympics and nothing has changed following the preliminary round.

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Canada was favored to win the men's ice hockey tournament heading into the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and that hasn't changed following a promising performance in the preliminary round. The oddsmakers at Bovada have given Canada 7/4 odds to defend its Gold Medal won at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The United States also emerged as a Gold Medal candidate after recording eight points in the preliminary round and winning Group A. Bovada gives the United States 11/4 odds of winning the tournament, while the host nation, Russia, is given 16/5 odds of winning Gold on home soil. Sweden, Group C's winner and the only club to finish the tournament with nine points, is given 5/1 odds of capturing gold.

Here's a complete look at the odds, courtesy of Bovada:

Canada 7/4
United States 11/4
Russia 16/5
Sweden 5/1
Finland 11/1
Czech Republic 25/1
Switzerland 25/1
Slovakia 100/1
Norway 500/1
Latvia 500/1
Austria 500/1
Slovenia 500/1


In addition, Bovada has established lines for MVP, with Canadian captain Sidney Crosby and United States sniper Phil Kessel leading the pack with 11/2 odds. Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk is given 13/2 odds of being named MVP, while Canadian defenseman Drew Doughty is given 15/2 odds.

Doughty is also given 13/2 odds of finishing as the tournament's leading goal scorer after recording four goals in the preliminary round. Kessel also recorded four goals for the United States and is given 7/4 odds of finishing as the leading goal scorer. Austrian forward Michael Grabner is given the best odds, 5/4, after accumulating five goals in the preliminary round.

Here's a complete breakdown from Bovada:

Michael Grabner 5/4
Phil Kessel 7/4
Drew Doughty 13/2
Jeff Carter 8/1
Alex Ovechkin 9/1
Evgeni Malkin 11/1
Ilya Kovalchuk 11/1
Erik Karlsson 12/1
Sidney Crosby 20/1
Joe Pavelski 30/1
Ryan Getzlaf 30/1

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