IIHF - Ice Hockey World Championship Predictions, Tips & Betting Odds

Canada is the marginal bookies favourites to win the IIHF World Championship 2020 and can almost always be relied upon to reach the latter stages of the competition.

Sweden go into the IIHF World Championship 2020 looking for a third consecutive title win, so they are clearly a team that has to be considered among the favourites for the gold medal again.

Likewise, the Russians will be expected to go well and Finland certainly can’t be written off either. The Czech Republic should have a strong roster and benefit from playing on their own doorstep in Slovakia but all things considered, our money will be going on Canada to bring home the gold.

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IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Betting Tips

Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 Betting Odds

The Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 runs from 10-26 May in Slovakia and features 16 countries split into two groups of eight…

Group A consists of Canada; USA; Finland; Germany; Slovakia; Denmark; France and Great Britain

Group B features Sweden; Russia; Czech Republic; Switzerland; Norway; Latvia; Austria and Italy.

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IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup 2020 Schedule

The IIHF World Championship 2020 begins on 10 May 2020 and runs through to the final on 26 May 2020.

  • 13 May (20:15) – Norway v Sweden – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 14 May (16:15) – Great Britain v Denmark – Steel Arena
  • 14 May (16:15) – Italy v Latvia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 14 May (20:15) – Germany v France – Steel Arena
  • 14 May (20:15) – Switzerland v Austria – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 15 May (16:15) – USA v Great Britain – Steel Arena
  • 15 May (16:15) – Switzerland v Norway – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 15 May (20:15) – Germany v Slovakia – Steel Arena
  • 15 May (20:15) – Russia v Italy – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 16 May (16:15) – Canada v France – Steel Arena
  • 16 May (16:15) – Sweden v Austria – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 16 May (20:15) – Finland v Denmark – Steel Arena
  • 16 May (20:15) – Czech Republic v Latvia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 17 May (16:15) – France v Slovakia – Steel Arena
  • 17 May (16:15) – Austria v Norway – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 17 May (20:15) – Finland v Great Britain – Steel Arena
  • 17 May (20:15) – Czech Republic v Italy – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 18 May (12:15) – Denmark v USA – Steel Arena
  • 18 May (12:15) – Latvia v Russia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 18 May (16:15) – Canada v Germany – Steel Arena
  • 18 May (16:15) – Italy v Norway – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 18 May (20:15) – Great Britain v Slovakia – Steel Arena
  • 18 May (20:15) – Sweden v Switzerland – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 19 May (16:15) – Germany v USA – Steel Arena
  • 19 May (16:15) – Austria v Czech Republic – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 19 May (20:15) – France v Finland – Steel Arena
  • 19 May (20:15) – Switzerland v Russia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 20 May (16:15) – France v Great Britain – Steel Arena
  • 20 May (16:15) – Sweden v Latvia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 20 May (20:15) – Canada v Denmark – Steel Arena
  • 20 May (20:15) – Austria v Italy – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 21 May (12:15) – Finland v Germany – Steel Arena
  • 21 May (12:15) – Czech Republic v Switzerland – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 21 May (16:15) – Slovakia v Denmark – Steel Arena
  • 21 May (16:15) – Norway v Latvia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 21 May (20:15) – Canada v USA – Steel Arena
  • 21 May (20:15) – Sweden v Russia – Ondrej Nepela Arena

Quarter-finals

  • 23 May (16:15) – Winner Group A v 4th Group B – Steel Arena
  • 23 May (16:15) – 2nd Group B v 3rd Group A – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 23 May (20:15) – 2nd Group A v 3rd Group B – Steel Arena
  • 23 May (20:15) – Winner Group B v 4th Group A – Ondrej Nepela Arena

Semi-finals

  • 25 May (15:15) – WQF1 v WQF2 – Ondrej Nepela Arena
  • 25 May (19:15) – WQF3 v WQF2 – Ondrej Nepela Arena

3rd Place Play-off

  • 26 May (15:45) – LSF1 v LSF2 – Ondrej Nepela Arena

Final

  • 26 May (20:15) – WSF1 v WSF2 – Ondrej Nepela Arena

IIHF World Championship 2020 – Canada team

  • The initial Canadian roster is likely to be confirmed following the close of the NHL regular season.
  • The Stanley Cup playoffs will be a factor in the availability of players for Canada and other national teams.
  • Last year’s Canadian roster included six players who were part of at least one of the medal-winning teams in the three years prior to that.

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 Live streaming

The IIHF World Championship 2018 saw TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, carrying 64 and 31 games respectively. TSN Radio also broadcast all of Canada’s games.

Any details of live streaming via bookmaker sites of the IIHF World Championship 2020 will be available nearer the time.

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IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 Ticket prices

For those who have the time and money to venture to Europe for the IIHF World Championship 2020, there are a variety of ticket options available.

Day packages for preliminary-round games in Bratislava cost from €45 to €115 (2nd category) or from €70 to €155 (1st category). Prices of preliminary-round day packages in Kosice vary from €45 to €135 (2nd category) or from €60 to €175 (1st category).

The price of the day package for the quarter-finals is €125 (2nd category) or €180 (1st category). For the semi-final day package it is €290 or €360, and the day package for the bronze medal game and the gold-medal game costs €400 or €475.

Fans who want to buy tickets for either city must fill in the online registration form on the official seller website. They need to fill in their name, surname, e-mail address & mobile phone number to which they will receive a verification code in a text message. Only after the verification is it possible to buy tickets. This step was established as a preventive measure against resellers.

The measures in place for the Ticketportal stores are still in place as well. Tickets can be bought or booked only online. The customer has two options. The first is to buy so-called ‘home’ tickets – tickets that you can print at home after purchase. The second option is to generate an online booking code. In this case fans can buy the so-called hard ticket in one of the Ticketportal stores.

The last stage of the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship ticket sale will start in February 2020 when single-game tickets will be released for games not already sold out.

NHL Players at the World Cup 2020

Teams at the World Championship 2020 must submit the names of a minimum of 15 skaters and two goalkeepers at the first Directorate meeting held at the start of the Championship.

The maximum number of players allowed on a Team Registration Form at the beginning of the World Championship is 22 skaters and 3 goalies, which must be submitted two hours before any of the following championship games. Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.

With the tournament taking place during the same time period as the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs, many NHL players generally only become available either if their NHL team did not make the playoffs, or once they have been eliminated from the postseason. It’s common for several NHL players to join the World Championships while the tournament is already in progress.

Team USA have already announced an initial roster of 17 players, with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks appointed captain for the second straight World Championship finals.

The IIHF also announced changes to the overtime procedures, with ALL overtime periods to be 3-on-3 regardless of round (rather than progressing from 3-on-3 to 4-on-4 and 5-on-5 over the course of the tournament). Also, the final will no longer go to a shootout. Instead, play will continue in 20-minute periods of 3-on-3 until a winning goal is scored.

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship – FAQ

Founded in 1908, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is a federation of member national hockey associations governing the sport of ice hockey and inline hockey for both men and women.
Russia / Soviet Union have won the World Championships on 27 occasions between them (five and 22 titles respectively). Canada are just one World Championship adrift of the Russians, having won on 26 occasions. The Czech Republic have won on 12 occasions (six times as Czechoslovakia) and Sweden have 11 wins.
The Ice Hockey World Championship 2019 will be held in Slovakia, with games taking place in the cities of Bratislava and Kosice. The next Ice Hockey World Championship in 2020 will be held in Switzerland, with games taking place in the cities of Lausanne and Zurich between 08 and 24 May 2020.
The IIHF World Championship 2018 took place in Denmark, with Sweden winning the tournament by beating Switzerland 3-2 in OT in the final