World Cup of Hockey : USA Chances and Free Pick
Two interesting dynamics come into play for this World Cup of Hockey that starts on the 17th of September. Good afternoon and thank you for choosing The Gambling Forum. USA Chances can be somewhat ascertained by their two friendly games verses Canada. Even though they split the two affairs, the nation from North of the Border were the superior of the two units. Find out what player kept the Stars and Stripes in it and what we can expect from another friendly game against Finland this evening.
World Cup of Hockey : Control Freak
Tortorella is the coach of the US team and he let the players skate for the most part in the two games against Canada. They got crushed. Only Quick in goal let them steal the 4-2 game in Columbus. Now that he has seen firsthand how this team was chasing the puck and behind in tempo, the boring brand of hockey he has will come to the surface. Although he is correct about slowing the game down, he tends to bring affairs like these down to a crawl. This plays directly into our free pick for tonight.
7pm in Washington DC
DC hosts this event between the USA and Finland. How will the Euro brand of hockey do against the ultra physical brand that the USA offers? Did not work so hot against Canada so look at them to double down their efforts here. Knowing this, Finland will play a lot more of their lower lines to preserve health. Shame it has to come down to it but the USA has a bad rep at pushing the envelope this way.
Total on the under for the game is 5 1/2 and this is where the chalk lies. It is the safest bet of the night. Look for a lot of middle ice effort and just watching the clock tick down. Renne and Rask are two fine goaltenders in their own right for Finland. Get those bets in right now and we will see you tomorrow here at The Gambling Forum.