Team Canada’s quest for a second straight gold medal in men’s hockey at the Olympics continues on Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the tournament where they’ll face an unexpected opponent – underdog Latvia.
The Latvians, fresh off an upset over Switzerland on Tuesday, will be looking to stun the heavy Olympic hockey betting chalk on Wednesday.
Canada won all three of its games during the preliminary round of the Olympic men’s tournament, although the results were closer than expected against both Norway (3-1) and Finland (2-1 in overtime). Still, that 3-0 mark by the gold medal favorites at the online sportsbooks gave them a bye into the event’s quarterfinal round on Wednesday.
And it was expected that Canada would face Switzerland on Wednesday, but instead the Swiss were bounced 3-1 by Latvia in qualification round action on Tuesday – so the Latvians now get their chance at pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic hockey history with a roster of players that boasts extremely limited NHL experience. [ See the latest Olympic hockey lines here ]
Getting the start in net on Wednesday for Canada will be Carey Price, who has a 0.98 GAA and a .943 save percentage so far in the tournament after beating both Norway and Finland. Defenseman Drew Doughty leads the Canadians in scoring so far at the event with four goals and five points, while Sidney Crosby has just two assists so far.
Lauris Darzins is Latvia’s leading scorer at the tourney with three goals and four points.
As a big favorite at the online sportsbooks for Wednesday the Canadians are expected to advance to the semifinals where they would face the United States – assuming the Americans can get past the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Both the Canadian and the American quarterfinal matchups will get underway at 12:00pm ET on Wednesday.
The host Russians, meanwhile, will be up against Finland in a quarterfinal matchup at 7:30am ET on Wednesday, with Bodog listing Russia as the -220 favorite over +175 Finland. Slovenia is a +1000 underdog at Bodog against -2500 Sweden in the other quarterfinal matchup Wednesday, with the puck dropping on that game at 3:00am ET.
Both semifinal games will be played on Friday, with the medal round on the weekend.