Canada meet the USA at the Steel Arena in Kosice on Tuesday evening (local time) in the seventh and final group game for both teams in the IIHF World Championship 2019.
As expected, Canada and the USA are both destined for the quarter-final stage of the tournament, but the winners in this game will theoretically get an easier draw in the last eight, so there’s plenty at stake here in addition to the usual rivalry between the two teams.
At the time of writing, Canada had played a game less than the USA, with their game against Denmark scheduled for the Monday afternoon prior to facing their southern neighbours.
If, as widely expected, Canada beat the Danes, they will have won five and lost one of their six group games going into the USA game. That would give them a one-point advantage over their opponents who needed Overtime to beat Finland.
Both teams started the group stage with a loss, Canada losing 3-1 to Finland and the USA going down 4-1 to host nation Slovakia.
These have been the two top teams at the IIHF World Championship 2019 in terms of Power Play % efficiency, with Canada at 60.00% and the USA at 50.00%. On Penalty Killing, USA are currently 5th at this year’s championship with 83.33%, while Canada are joint 10th at 75:00%.
Canada vs USA Betting Lines & Prediction
The teams last met almost exactly a year ago, when they faced each other twice at the IIHF World Championship 2018 in Denmark.
The first encounter was a group game in which the USA won 5-4 in game that went to a shootout. They later met in the 3rd Place play-off, with the USA prevailing 4-1 on that occasion (although 3rd Place play-offs are rarely worth taking into consideration in any sport when looking at past results).
In terms of IIHF 2019 predictions, there’s every reason to believe this could be close given what’s at stake in this game. Regulation Time betting at Sports Interaction makes Canada the narrow favourites at -123, with the draw at +363 and the line on the USA is set at +191. This game could undoubtedly go to Overtime, so the tip is for the Draw in Regulation Time.