Canada is heavily favoured on the 2016 World Cup of Hockey betting odds, paying even money at William Hill and slightly less at several other sportsbooks.
The two-week tournament will take place Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, with all games being played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It returns this year after a 12-year hiatus, with Canada as the defending champion (2004) after the U.S. won the title in 1996.
Russia was originally ranked second on the World Cup of Hockey odds at most sportsbooks, ranging from +300 to +425. Sports Interaction, however, ranked the USA as second at +615 odds, followed closely by Russia (+650) and Sweden (+700).
Less than a week before the tournament, the odds had changed quite a bit. USA, Russia and Sweden all pay in the +600/+700 range at most sportsbooks, though Russia still pays as low as +300 at William Hill. And the North America U23 team had moved from +2000 to as low as +575 at Sports Interaction.
(Note: Odds with a plus sign in front of them (ie. +300) indicate how much you could win on a $100 bet. When the odds have a minus in front of them (ie. -115), it means that’s what you’d have to risk to win $100. To have betting odds explained even more, click here.)
2016 World Cup Of Hockey Betting Odds (as of Sept. 12)
|Team North America||+1000||+700||+1000||+575||+1000|
2016 World Cup Of Hockey Format
There will be two groups of four teams in the preliminary round. The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals, with the first-place teams facing the second-place finishers. Winners of the semis will meet in a best-of-three final.
- Czech Republic
- North America (a team of Canadian and U.S. players under the age of 23)
Team Canada Schedule And Odds At 2016 World Cup Of Hockey (as of Aug. 28)
Weeks before the tournament was scheduled to start, Sports Interaction has already posted odds on all preliminary round games.
Below is Canada’s schedule and game odds for the opening round.
|Date||Opponent||Canada in regulation||Draw||Opponent in regulation|
|Saturday, Sept. 17||Czech Republic||-303||+437||+475|
|Thursday, Sept. 20||USA||-116||+346||+188|
|Wednesday, Sept. 21||Team Europe||+385||+542||+525|
Visit www.SportsInteraction.com for the rest of the first-round schedule and odds.
2016 World Cup Of Hockey Group Odds (as of Sept. 12)
Sports Interaction makes Canada and the United States big favourites to advance to the semifinals. Canada pays -250 to win the group, with the U.S. at +275. Czech Republic and Europe are distant +1000 and +1200 respectively at Sports Interaction.
In Group B, it’s much tighter competition. Russia is the favourite, but Sweden, Finland and North America U23 all pay 4:1 or less to win the group..