Despite having suffered a 6-0 routing by Russia earlier in the group stage, Canada still finished top of Group B following their own 7-2 demolition of host nation, the Czech Republic, in their final group game on New Year’s Eve.
Joe Veleno, Nolan Foote, Barrett Hayton, Connor McMichael, Liam Foudy, Dylan Cozens and Jared McIsaac all scored for Canada, while Joel Hofer made 17 saves.
Slovakia finished fourth in Group A, but they will be concerned that they suffered three heavy losses after beating Kazakhstan 3-1 in their opening game.
After going down 8-1 to Finland and 7-2 to Switzerland, they lost their final Group A game 6-2 to Sweden on New Year’s Eve.
Kristian Kovacik and Robert Dzugan scored the goals for Slovakia, with Samuel Hlavaj stopping 36 shots.
Canada U20 vs Slovakia U20 Betting Lines & Prediction
There’s really only one likely winner in this game when looking at Canada v Slovakia predictions. Provided the Canadians are fully focused on the task in hand, it’s difficult to see them slipping up against a Slovakia team that has conceded 21 goals in their last three games.
Canada should win comfortably enough but, with tougher games to come, they might want to keep something in reserve here. On that basis the tip is for Slovakia +4.5 on the Puck Line at +120 (2.20) with bet365.