USA vs Canada: who will go to the final?
The USA gained excellent form during this championship and developed a seven-game winning streak. The US national team defends well and is the lowest-conceding team at the tournament. In the quarterfinals, the Americans easily crushed Slovakia with a score of 6:1. Already in the first period it was clear, who the winner will be.
The USA got a comfortable advantage of three goals in the first twenty minutes. Despite not the strongest lineup, Jack Capuano's charges are one of the favorites in the remaining four. They probably are quite excited to get to the final, because the last time they were the finalists was way back in 1960.
Canada, unlike their opponent, barely got out of the group. However, the Maple Leafs used their chance and in the quarterfinals, they beat Russia in a bitter struggle with a score of 2:1. The decisive goal was scored in overtime.
Gerard Gallant's squad scored an equalizer in the third period, taking advantage of their power play. In overtime, they used a mistake of the opponent, and Andrew Mangiapane took a shot at the far post, lighting the lamp and taking his team through to the semifinal. The Canadians still have problems with the attacking chances, and they do not score more than two goals in games against the top teams.
In three head-to-head games out of five, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
In all games at this championship, the Americans scored in the second period.
We think that the United States are a stronger team than Canada, they have an excellent defense, and they also take advantage of their moments in attack. The Canadians, on the other hand, have not scored more than two goals in any serious game, and it will be difficult for them to compete against the US with such a performance. Moreover, at the group stage, Capuano's squad beat Canada without any problems.
Our prediction is the USA to win
Most of the games between the national teams ended with a high score, and we don't see any reason for that to change. We assume that the teams will score at least five goals.
Second bet - total over 4.5 goals