The men’s hockey gold medal game is between two teams that didn’t necessarily think they were going to be here at the start of the tournament, especially with heavyweights like Canada and the United States both sitting in the stands as spectators today. Slovakia exercised some demons in the quarterfinals to get here while Sweden took out the country that made hockey famous to find themselves in the bronze medal game.
Slovakia will try to earn a men’s hockey Olympic medal for the first time when it squares off against Sweden on Saturday in the bronze medal game of the 2022 Beijing Olympics at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing. Since Czechoslovakia split into two sovereign nations in 1993, Slovakia has never earned a medal; its best finish was fourth in 2010. (The former Czechoslovakia earned four silver and four bronze medals.) The Slovaks will face Sweden, which has earned nine medals, tied for the third most all-time.
The opening faceoff is set for 8:10 a.m. ET. Sweden is a -270 money-line favorite (risk $270 to win $100) in the latest Sweden vs. Slovakia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total goals is 5.5 Before locking in any Slovakia vs. Sweden picks or Beijing Olympics 2022 predictions, you need to see what SportsLine’s Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. For Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet Over on Team USA’s gold medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA’s overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.
For the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning Under 10.5 gold medals (+110). And at last year’s Tokyo Games, he correctly predicted the United States would go Over 111.5 total medals (-110).
Now, Tierney has analyzed Saturday’s Sweden vs. Slovakia bronze medal game and locked in his picks and Olympics predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his Beijing Olympics men’s hockey bronze medal game pick. Now, here are several betting lines and trends for Slovakia vs. Sweden:
Sweden pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the Olympics when it beat Canada in the quarterfinals of the men’s hockey tournament, but it came up short in the semifinals against the ROC.
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Sweden played the ROC to a 1-1 tie but after a scoreless overtime, it lost in the shootout 3-2.
The loss kept Sweden from playing for a gold medal and instead it will take on a Slovakia team for the bronze.
Sweden hasn’t won a bronze since the 1988 Olympics but has won two golds and a silver since.
Slovakia upset Team USA in the quarterfinals in a shootout but was shut out by Finland 2-0 in the semifinals.
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Game Date: Feb. 19, 2022
Game Time: 8:00 a.m. ET