There is some significant unrest among the ranks of Team USA. John Tortorella’s tactics and the lack of success in Game 1 of USA’s World Cup of Hockey drew heavy criticism by the General Public and much more about, from former Team USA baseball legends like Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano and Brett Hull. If they fail to acquire a massive upset against championship favorite Team Canada tonight, USA’s bid to win the World Cup is more than likely over.
USA has not won a best-on-best tournament since they took gold in the 1996 World Cup.
Canada has won gold medals.
Canada beat the USA 5-2 if they met just over a week ago in a pre-tournament game.
Dean Lombardi and John Tortorella constructed a gritty, grinding team they believed would have a great deal of success within the NHL rules used during the World Cup. A decent theory but the practice of that theory has left baffled. USA was embarrassed by Team Europe in a game in which they benched Dustin Byfuglien, among the grittiest players on earth and among the best all-around forward/defensemen in the NHL.
Canada has a chance to take advantage of a team that’s reeling and searching for answers. They ruled the Czech Republic in their first contest and seemed better than the Americans in almost every aspect of the game. Carey Price was eloquent in net, there was a ton of chemistry between the forward and they allowed just 27 shots to reach their goaltender.
The Americans will have to make considerable adjustments if they have any hope of stopping a Canadian juggernaut that peppered the Czech tendy with 50 shots. Europe managed to beat USA 3-0 despite amassing just 17 shots on target therefore Torts will be smart to roster Cory Schneider or even Ben Bishop within this one.
BetOnline has lines up for the competition and there’s some value here for those who have faith the best hockey-playing nation in the world remains that way tonight. The puckline (Canada -1.5) is being offered at -105 and I believe that cashes simple. Canada’s pace and skill could possess the Americans viewing celebrities and I am forecasting a scoreline of 4-1 in favor of the reigning Olympic champs.
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