Russia and Finland meet in the IIHF World Championship 2019 semi-final at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava on Saturday afternoon, with the winners going through to a final against either Canada or the Czech Republic.
Russia maintained their 100% record at this year’s IIHF World Championship with a 4-3 win over the USA in Thursday afternoon’s quarter-final at the Ondrej Nepela Arena, making it straight wins. A goal from Nikita Gusev on 1:07 gave Russia an early lead and they were in front in the game thereafter. Additional goals came from Mikhail Sergachyov, Kirill Kaprizov and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Finland ended the reign of two-time defending champions Sweden in dramatic fashion with a 5-4 OT win at the Steel Arena in Kosice.
Finland took an early lead through Niko Mikkola after just 1:00 of the first period, but the Swedes rallied to go 3-1 ahead early in the second period. Finland forced themselves back into the game with goals from Petteri Lindbohm and Jani Hakanpaa, but then Sweden regained the lead in the dying seconds of the second period.
Marko Anttila scored with 1:29 of regulation time remaining to tie the score at 4-4 and force OT, with Sakari Manninen winning it for Finland 1:37 into overtime when he unleashed a wrister that flew over Henrik Lundqvist’s shoulder.
Russia vs Finland Stats
In terms of IIHF statistics, it’s the Russians who dominate…
- On Scoring Efficiency (SE%), Russia are registering 14.49%, while Finland are at 9.44%.
- On the Power Play (PP%), the Russians are at 33.33%, with the Finns at 25.00%.
- On Penalty Killing (PK%), Russia stand at 90.48%, while Finland are at 80.00% and in Goalkeeping (SVS%), Russia are at 95.17%, with Finland at 91.33%.
Russia vs Finland Betting Lines & Pick
As for our IIHF hockey betting predictions, the Russians have swept all before them in the tournament to date and Finland have looked a little weary at times after a bright start to the tournament.
Finland raised their game against their Nordic rivals, but the Russians have to be the bet to win here at odds of -370 with 888Sport on the Money Line. Finland can be backed at +310 with bet365.