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2019 IIHF U20 World Juniors Quarterfinal Odds and Picks

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Logan Cockerill and Team USA take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Photo by @detroitnewsnow [Twitter]
  • Sweden and Russia take perfect 4-0 records into the World Junior Championship quarterfinals
  • Canada (3-1) and the USA (3-0-1) are the No. 2 seeds
  • Defending champion Canada also lost one preliminary-round game at last year’s tournament

As Canada seeks to become the first back-to-back winner of the World Junior Championship since the Canadians won five in a row from 2005-09, they will be following a familiar path.

Canada also entered last year’s medal round as a second seed with one loss on its resume.

Playing on home ice in Vancouver, Canada remains the favorite to win the tournament, but the Canadians have lost two of the last three World Juniors that they’ve hosted.

Though Russia and Sweden enter the playoff round as unbeaten No. 1 seeds, it’s been a long time since either the Russians (2011) or Swedes (2012) were champions of this event.

Finland vs Canada Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Finland +250 +1.5 (-105) O 6.5 (-110)
Canada -345 -1.5 (-125) U 6.5 (-120)

*All odds taken 1/1

Start Time: 6:30pm EST

Despite losing its final round-robin game 2-1 to the Russians, Bovada still lists Canada as the +110 chalk to win the tournament.

Canada has never failed to win a medal in this event when playing on home ice – six gold, four silver, two bronze.

The loss to the Russians marked the first time Canada has trailed in the tournament. Canadian captain Maxime Comtois shares the tourney lead with five goals.

The Finns whipped Canada 5-2 in a pre-tournament game, but the Finns are 0-11 all-time in the world junior tourney when facing Canada in Canada. Forward Eeli Tolvanen, favored to lead the world junior in goals, is still without a tally.

Pick: Canada (-345), under 6.5 (-120)

Czech Republic vs USA Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Czech Republic +265 +1.5 (EVEN) O 6.5 (-105)
USA -375 -1.5 (-130) U 6.5 (-125)

Start Time: 8pm EST

Following up their four-goal third-period rally in a 5-4 overtime loss to Sweden, the USA handled the Finns easily 4-1 to finish with a 3-0-1 mark in pool play.

Forward Ryan Poehling leads the tournament with eight points and shares top spot with five goals. Jason Robertson (1-5-6) and Joel Farabee (3-2-5) give Team USA three of the top eight scorers.

The Czechs have been one of the biggest disappointments of this World Junior tourney.

Filip Zadina, who scored seven goals last year, is still without a goal. Martin Necas, who shared the 2018 scoring lead with 11 points, shows 1-2-3 totals.

Pick: USA (-375), over 6.5 (-125)

Slovakia vs Russia Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Slovakia +450 +2.5 (-105) O 6 (-110)
Russia -800 -1.5 (-115) U 6 (-120)

Start Time: 10:30pm EST

The unbeaten Russians have allowed a tournament-low six goals in four games.

The Slovaks have surrendered 14 goals, most of any medal-round qualifier.

Switzerland vs Sweden Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Switzerland +650 +3.5 (-160) O 6 (-115)
Sweden -1400 -3.5 (-120) U 6 (-115)

Start Time: 4pm EST

The Swedes are champions of pool play, with 48 consecutive victories. But they are 13-14 in the medal round and five players missed their last game due to illness.

Switzerland’s Philipp Kurashev shares the tournament goal-scoring lead with five.

Pick: Switzerland (+650), under 6 (-115)

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