Canada take on France at the Steel Arena in Kosice on Thursday afternoon (local time) in what will be the fourth group game for both teams in the IIHF World Championship 2019.
At the time of writing, Canada currently sit third in Group A with six points, having followed up their initial 3-1 loss to Finland with an 8-0 routing of Great Britain and a thrilling 6-5 win against host nation Slovakia.
That win against Slovakia should certainly be great for the confidence within the Team Canada roster, with them rallying from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to finally win the game with a Mark Stone goal on the power play with only 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation game time.
It’s been predictably tough for France in their three games to date, with them suffering losses to Denmark (taking the Danes to overtime before losing 5-4 in the shootout), followed by a 7-1 defeat to the USA and a 4-1 loss to Germany.
France started the tournament encouragingly enough against Denmark (leading 4-2 well into the second period), but they’ve struggled to maintain that level of competitiveness since. The French already know that they are realistically in a relegation head-to-head with Great Britain to avoid finishing in last place in Group A.
Canada vs France Betting Lines & Prediction
IIHF betting predictions for this game are going to be almost exclusively going to point towards a Canadian victory and there’s little doubt that Canada should win this game, and convincingly so. On the Money Line, the odds on a Canada win are -10000 with bet365, with the line on a France victory set at +2200, also with bet365.
Those odds are not remotely attractive for anyone wanting to back Canada, so the Puck Line is the betting market to look at, with Canada -4.5 being set at -133 odds with bet365.
Canada have shown that they can score heavily against Great Britain and, more impressively, Slovakia, so they should have few problems doing likewise against a France roster that has already conceded 16 goals in three games at this tournament.
Canada also top the tournament standings to date for Scoring Efficiency and Power Play Efficiency