2016 IIHF World Juniors Final Prediction

russia vs finland world juniors prediction

Canada didn’t even reach the medal round of the 2016 IIHF World Juniors, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some value to be found in betting on the gold medal final between Russia and Finland. Read a breakdown of the game and a prediction here.

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Finland won the IIHF World Juniors the host nation way back in 1998, and they are favored in the gold medal game against Russia.

The fact the Finland is favored over Russia may come to a surprise as some, based on Russia’s hockey reputation. But, this Finland team is no joke and they have shown a propensity to score goals, as their top line has 3 of the top 4 scorers in the tournament.

Finland’s goal scoring potential was on display in their 6-5 quarterfinal win over Canada. But, they have also shown the ability to lock things down defensively, as was displayed in the 2-1 semifinal against Sweden.

Russia has shown some discipline problems and have taken some bonehead penalties which should play into the hands of Finland, who boast the best powerplay in the tournament. That, along with the home crowd behind them, will give Finland the edge in this game.

Prediction: Finland to win gold(-143)