Canada and Finland meet in the final of the IIHF World Championship 2019 on Sunday afternoon (local time) at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.
It will be a repeat of the opening group game of the tournament at the Steel Arena in Kosice, in which Finland ran out 3-1 winners to inflict Canada’s only defeat of the IIHF World Championship 2019 to date.
Having come 0.4 seconds of elimination in the quarter-finals against Switzerland before going on to win the game 3-2 in OT, Canada had a far easier time in the semi-finals in beating the Czech Republic 5-1 with goals from Mark Stone (now the tournament leading scorer with nine goals), Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot.
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Having beaten the two-time defending champions Sweden in dramatic fashion in the quarter-finals, Finland then went out and defeated the Russians 1-0 in the semi-final through a Marko Anttila goal with 9:42 left in the third period. Finnish goalie Kevin Lankinen recorded his second tournament shutout with 32 saves.
The 33-year-old Finnish captain Anttila also got the tying goal with 1:29 left in regulation when Finland eliminated Sweden with their 5-4 OT quarter-final victory.
Finland last won gold under the same head coach, Jukka Jalonen, in Bratislava in 2011. Their only previous World Championship gold was in 1995 in Stockholm. The Finns are seeking their first medal since 2016’s silver medal in Moscow, where they lost the final to Canada.
Canada vs Finland Stats
- On the IIHF stats front, Canada are registering 12.87% on Scoring Efficiency (SE%), while the Finns are at 8.89%.
- On the Power Play (PP%), Canada are at 50.00%, with Finland are back at 23.08%.
- On Penalty Killing (PK%), Canada stand at 78.57%, with the Finns at 80.95%
- And in Goalkeeping (SVS%), Canada are at 93.81%, with the Finns just below at 92.68%.
Canada vs Finland Betting Lines & Pick
As for our IIHF final predictions, Canada will be out to avenge their opening day loss and look very capable of doing so.
There’s a wealth of quality on the Canadian roster, while the Finland roster has just two players from the NHL in Chicago Blackhawk’s Henri Jokiharju and Florida Panther’s Juho Lammikko. That makes Canada the betting pick to win the trophy at odds of -182 with bet365 on the Money Line. Finland can be backed at +150 with Betway Sports.
Pick: IIHF World Championship 2019 Winner – Canada @ -182 (bet365)