Winter Olympics: Men’s Hockey Odds, Futures, USA TV Schedule

Written By Evan Scrimshaw on February 4, 2022
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With the lack of NHL players at the 2022 Winter Olympics, the men’s tournament has been thrown into some amount of chaos, and with it, perhaps some value can be gleaned in Olympic hockey odds.

Group play starts February 9th, with all games on the NBC family of networks. All U.S. and Canada games are either 8 a.m. or 11 p.m., avoiding overnight coverage where possible. TheLines has the U.S. men’s and women’s television schedule below.

All teams play three games in their groups, and group winners and the best second place go straight to the quarterfinals. The remaining eight teams play a qualifying game to determine the next four teams in the quarters.

Men’s Olympic Hockey Odds To Win Gold

Russia
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+150
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+150
Finland
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+450
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+400
Sweden
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+550
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+500
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+500
Canada
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+700
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+650
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+600
Czechia
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+900
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+700
Switzerland
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+1400
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+1600
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+2000
USA
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+1600
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+1200
Germany
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+2800
Slovakia
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+5000
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+5000
Denmark
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+10000
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+6600
Latvia
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+8000
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China
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No NHL Players

Without the bulk of the best players, country’s usual strength is thrown out the window, making this tournament an oddity in the hockey landscape.

With the Russian KHL allowing their players out, as well as North American major junior hockey clubs and NCAA Division I teams, the rosters are weird amalgams of wily veterans outside of the NHL currently, KHL players, and the best of the next generation, making this tournament potentially wide open.

Contenders

Russia

The team with the least dropoff from their optimal, Russia has the advantage of having a greater share of their best players available, with a decent number of players available due to the KHL letting their stars play.

With former NHLers like Artem Anisimov, Nikita Gusev, and Nikita Nesterov, and KHL leading scoring Vadim Shipachyov, the Russians have a lot of the core of the team that won Gold in 2018, and are rightly considered the favorite to win gold.

With all three of the Russian goalies from 2018 not coming back, that could be their Achilles’ heel, but with most of the guns from their offense that scored 4.5 goals/game in 2018, the Russians are the favorites.

Finland

Led by former NHLers Leo Komarov, Markus Granlund, and Valterri Filppula, the Finns are the best non-Russian team in the tournament, but their lack of offensive firepower is going to be their Achilles’ heel.

With three KHL goalies who could find a hot streak at any time, the Finns – known for slow, defensive hockey – could be able to make a run for gold, but if they fall behind, their chances of victory are going to fall through the floor. There is a road, but it’s very very narrow.

Sweden

NHL rejects and KHLers make up the aging Swedish squad, the last gasps of an aging Swedish Hockey program. Without NHL players like Erik Karlsson and with the retirement of Henrik Lundqvist, the Swedes are in a transition period, and their chances in Beijing are low.

After a dominant group stage in 2018, they lost in the QuarterFinals to Germany, a result which should not inspire confidence moving forward.

Canada

A weird mix of guys with NHL experience like Eric Staal and Josh Ho-Sang, guys playing in Europe like Landon Ferraro and Eric O’Dell, and elite prospects like Mason MacTavish and Owen Power, the Canadian team has upside if their youngsters can elevate their play, but they’re underdogs.

If Power and MacTavish can pop, Canada might be able to score enough to keep up in these games, but with the most elite talent in the NHL, they’re really going to need Staal and Ho-Sang to lead the team, and get good goaltending from their untested trio.

Sleepers

Germany

The 2018 Silver medalists, Leon Draisaitl’s home country won’t be with the services of their talisman, but they do return the majority of their squad, in a country where results at the youth level have been steadily improving. Certainly an interesting dark horse in Olympic hockey odds.

They’re unlikely to win outright, but if they can keep the lockdown defense that led them to success in 2018, they could make noise. That said, being in a group with Canada and the US is a hindrance for their chances.

United States

Mostly a college All-Star team, the Americans have the same upside the Canadian team does – if the kids are alright, many of whom played on the 2021 World Junior winning team, they could make a run. If they’re unable to match the physicality of the men playing for the rest of the world, the team will struggle.

The wider ice might be a bigger than normal help to the skilled but young Americans, who can take advantage of the international ice to find space to create.

Team USA Men’s And Women’s Hockey TV Schedule

Date/Time (ET)GameChannels
Feb. 3, 8:10 a.m.Finland vs. USA (Women)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 5, 8:10 a.m.USA vs. ROC (Women)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 6, 8:10 a.m.Switzerland vs. USA (Women)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 7, 11:10 p.m.USA vs. Canada (Women)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 10, 8:10 a.m.USA vs. China (Men)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 10, 11:10 p.m.Women’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 11, 8:10 a.m.Women’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock
Feb. 11, 11:10 p.m.Women’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, CNBC
Feb. 11, 11:10 p.m.Canada vs. USA (Men)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 12, 3:40 a.m.Women’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock
Feb. 13, 8:10 a.m.USA vs. Germany (Men)NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 13, 11:10 p.m.Women’s SemifinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 14, 8:10 a.m.Women’s SemifinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 14, 11:10 p.m.Men’s Quarterfinal PlayoffNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, CNBC
Feb. 14, 11:10 p.m.Men’s Quarterfinal PlayoffNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 15, 3:40 a.m.Men’s Quarterfinal PlayoffNBCOlympics.com, Peacock
Feb. 15, 8:10 a.m.Men’s Quarterfinal PlayoffNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 15, 11:10 p.m.Men’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 16, 1 a.m.Men’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 16, 3:40 a.m.Men’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 16, 6:30 a.m.Women’s Bronze Medal GameNBCOlympics.com, Peacock
Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m.Men’s QuarterfinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 16, 11:10 p.m.Women’s Gold Medal GameNBCOlympics.com, Peacock
Feb. 17, 11:10 p.m.Men’s SemifinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 18, 8:10 a.m.Men’s SemifinalNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
Feb. 19, 8:10 a.m.Men’s Bronze Medal GameNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, CNBC
Feb. 19, 11:10 p.m.Men’s Gold Medal GameNBCOlympics.com, Peacock, USA
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