Olympic Ice Hockey Betting Odds For PyeongChang 2018
Olympic ice hockey betting odds for PyeongChang 2018 will probably see the most U.S. action out of any other sports at the games. Unfortunately, potential bettors will have to wait a while longer before they are released. In the meantime, gathering all of the information you can about the sport and the competitors will help inform your decision and give you the best chance to win.
We will bridge that gap on this page. Readers will find information on the rules difference between the NHL and the Olympics, the favorites for the tournament and safe places to make a bet on the event.
Olympic Ice Hockey Betting Odds For PyeongChang 2018
Because of the allowance made long ago for professional hockey players to participate in the otherwise “amateur” Winter Olympics, the talent at the top of the betting boards for Men’s Olympic hockey has been far more balanced. That’s the case this year with the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Ice Hockey odds, too. Unsurprisingly, the “unaffiliated” Olympic Athletes of Russia are narrow favorites to win the tournament, while Canada (also unsurprisingly) is right behind them.
In the Women’s tournament, the Olympic Ice Hockey odds favor the USA at -120, while the Canadian team has even odds. While both the Men’s and Women’s total team counts seem low, remember that Olympic Ice Hockey is a tournament with multiple seeding games and qualifiers. Some sportsbooks will offer odds on those preliminary contests, but these specific odds address only the Olympic gold medal winners.
Olympics Ice Hockey Odds Men
|Olympic Athletes of Russia||+200|
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Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Olympic Medal Recap
After beating the Czech Republic 6-4 (where was Jaromir Jagr?!), Canada – who was favored to win the Silver – had to be content with the Bronze as they watched surprise finalist Germany shoot up from the depths of the odds boards to challenge overall favorite Russia (OAR, +200) in the Gold medal match. And Germany put up a good fight, too, as they fought Russia throughout, losing 4-3 on the dinkiest, floppiest, fluke goal in Olympic Hockey history. Of course, since the Russian team broke their probationary guidelines by singing their national anthem after winning the tournament, the IOC might do something stupid like vacating their medal and awarding it to Germany after all.
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Olympic Athletes of Russia
Olympics Ice Hockey Odds Women
|Olympic Athletes of Russia||+1800|
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Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Medal Recap
The US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team hasn’t beaten Canada in 20 years, but – as with every single Olympics past – the PyeongChang 2018 hockey tournament came down to the familiar rivals facing off for Gold. Having won four straight Olympic Golds, the Canadian team was – surprisingly – not favored to beat the US this time around, as the Americans were -120 on the betting boards to Canada’s +100. The game, tied 2-2 after regulation, went to a shootout, which the US team won. In the Bronze medal game, Finland – favored to finish third – did just that, beating Russia (OAR) 3-2.
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What Is The History Of Olympic Ice Hockey?
Men’s ice hockey was first brought to the Olympics in 1920 as a part of the summer games. It was later transferred to the Winter Olympic Games in 1924. The early stages of the event saw Canada win four consecutive gold medals and 20 straight matches before losing to Great Britain in 1936. The Soviet Union was the next international force winning seven of eight gold medals spanning from 1964 to 1992. Their lone loss was the famed “Miracle on Ice” in 1980 when Team USA beat them for the gold. It wasn’t until 1998 before women’s teams were allowed to compete.
What Are The Rules For Olympic Ice Hockey?
The rules to NHL hockey are understood by a sizable portion of the U.S., but there are several Olympic ice hockey rules that greatly differ from those of the NHL. The neutral zone is 58 feet long, making it eight feet longer than NHL rinks. The attacking zone is six feet shorter than that of the NHL, there is an additional foot between the end boards and the goal line and the ice is 15 feet wider. The 200-foot length of the rink is the same.
There are no restricted areas for goalies, meaning they can play the puck from anywhere on the ice. NHL players are assessed a two-minute penalty for using their hands to win draws. In the Olympics, the play will be whistled dead, but no penalty is given out. Players on the attacking team put his stick down first during face-offs, the visiting player puts his stick down first in the NHL. The NHL has used the hybrid icing format since 2013, but the Olympics use the no-touch icing system. Icing will be called as soon as the puck crosses the opposing goal line. Player’s positioning on the ice will not matter.
Penalty shots are also different. In the NHL, if a penalty shot is awarded, only the person who drew the penalty can shoot unless he is injured. In the Olympics, anyone on the floor during the penalty can be chosen by the head coach to shoot. Fighting is not allowed in the Olympics, it is accompanied by a major penalty (five minutes) and a game misconduct.
Players are required to wear a visor in the Olympics, an option in the NHL. If a player’s helmet comes off, the player must come off of the ice immediately. Players are allowed to finish their shift if they lose a helmet in the NHL.
The final differences are the rules regarding shootouts. Games tied after regulation in the preliminary rounds go to a five-minute 4-on-4 overtime. If that ends with no scoring, the game ends in a shootout. In the playoff rounds, the overtime period is extended to a 10-minute 4-on-4 before a shootout. The gold medal game has a 20-minute overtime before the game goes to a shootout.
Who Are The Favorites In Ice Hockey For The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games?
Canada rules the ice, capturing the previous four Olympic golds. The team has some of the NHL’s best players on it including Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, and Patrick Bergeron to name a few. Excluding 2014 when they defeated Sweden for the gold, Canada’s primary competition has been the United States.
Can American Players Legally Wager On The 2018 PyeongChang Ice Hockey Events?
Similar to betting on the NHL, people are welcome to place a wager on Olympic ice hockey as long as they know where to wager. Federal law prohibits all but four states from offering land-based gambling. The only option U.S. citizens have, aside from a road trip to Vegas, is to use a regulated offshore online sportsbook. They provide Olympic betting odds for all of the action of a live book with the convenience of being able to do it in your pajamas.
- The first Olympic Winter Games are held in Chamonix, France in 1924. The Canadian hockey team won all five of its games, outscoring opponents 110-3.
- Needing a win or a tie to secure another gold medal, Canada plays the United States to a draw in one of the longest final games in history in 1932. The match was called after three scoreless overtime periods.
- Canada won gold for the last time of the century in 1952.
- In 1972, Canada refused to send a team. The country withdrew from international hockey to protest the definition of amateur athletes. International hockey is restricted to amateur athletes, but the Canadians argued that the Soviets and other eastern bloc teams are amateur in name only.
- The NHL allowed its players to join their national teams in 1998.