In close to a month, Canada will be announcing our roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics mens hockey team. What better time to take a look at early betting odds that can be found online for each country to win gold at Sochi 2014. Also, check out a breakdown of how Team Canada’s roster is shaping up and find out the best site to bet on Canada.
Despite Canada being the one true world hockey superpower, not every odds maker has them favoured to take home Olympic gold in Sochi 2014. According to William Hill, Russia is the favourite to win at (+200) odds with Canada next at (+230).
The odds differ at various online betting sites because some sites may have more Canadian gamblers who are naturally betting on Canada, while sites with more European gamblers are taking more bets on Russia and Sweden. But the fact that Team Canada’s roster is in disarray may contribute to some of the odds makers not having them favoured to win the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Canada was dealt a blow when goal scoring phenom Steve Stamkos got sidelined with a broken leg. But Stamkos has shown freakish recovery skills and only two weeks after breaking the leg he was walking around without the aid of crutches. Stamkos has said he aims to play in Sochi 2014 and Team Canada is saving his roster spot as a result.
It is likely that Canada will go with a proven name in net like Roberto Luongo or Carey Price, despite there being hotter Canadian goalies in the NHL now, such as former Maple Leaf net minder Ben Scrivens. Even though Scrivens is hot at the moment, he is still unproven. Luongo won gold for Canada back in 2010 and is the front runner regardless of his play so far in the NHL regular season.
Sidney Crosby is a no doubter to make the team but it remains a question mark whether Chris Kunitz will make the roster as well. Normally, Kunitz would not be in consideration but his chemistry with Crosby on the top line of the Penguins has him on the list of forwards. This is because it is hard to find people who stay on the same page as star Sidney Crosby in terms of play making. Here is a good article on bubble players hoping to make the Team Canada roster.
The deadline for countries to announce their roster is about a month away so if you have any predictions about how Canada’s team will end up then these are the current Sochi 2014 Olympics betting odds courtesy of William Hill. If you are betting Canada to win gold then we recommend William Hill because the (+230) odds are enticing for Canadian gamblers along with a 100% deposit bonus up to ($100). However, these odds are liable to change after the rosters are announced.
Odds to Win 2014 Sochi Olympics
Czech Republic +700