Canada and the Czech Republic meet in the IIHF World Championship 2019 semi-final at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Saturday evening, with a place in the final against either Russia or Finland the reward for the winners.
Canada left it late….very late, in their quarter-final against Switzerland. They were within 0.4 seconds of being eliminated when they took the game into overtime with a goal from Damon Severson. Mark Stone scored the winning goal 5:07 into OT to secure the Canadians a place in the last four.
Mark Stone also scored the first Canadian goal, as his team twice fought back from a goal down. That takes Stone to seven goals for the tournament and makes him the co-leading scorer alongside five others, including teammate Anthony Mantha. Mantha was suspended for the Switzerland game, but will be available against the Czechs.
Canada were the dominant team throughout much of the game and outshot the Swiss 42-24. Matt Murray made 22 saves for Canada, while Leonardo Genoni made 39 stops for Switzerland.
The Czech Republic had the most comprehensive win of the quarter-finals as they routed Germany 5-1, with four of their goals coming in the third period.
Jan Kovar scored the first and last goals of the game for the Czechs, who also had goals from Jakub Voracek, Dominik Kubalik and Ondrej Palat. Michael Frolik didn’t score against Germany, but he is another of the co-leading goalscorers at the championship, with seven goals to his name to date.
Canada vs Czech Republic Stats & Betting Lines
In terms of statistics, on Scoring Efficiency (SE%), Canada are registering 12.50%, while the Czechs are at 15.55%.
On the Power Play (PP%), the Canadians are at 50%, with the Czechs well behind at 20.69%.
On Penalty Killing (PK%), Canada stand at 75%, while the Czechs are at 84.38% and in Goalkeeping (SVS%), Canada are at 92.97%, with the Czechs just behind at 92.54%.
As for our Canada v Czech Republic predictions, after their narrow escape against the Swiss, Canada look to have every chance of claiming a place in the final against the Czechs and with Anthony Mantha back, they are the pick to do so at IIHF betting odds of -154 with 888Sport on the Money Line. The Czech Republic can be backed at +145 with bet365.