Winter Olympics 2018: USA Men’s Hockey Roster, Betting Odds For Pyeongchang

NHL players won’t compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, completely altering the dynamic of their men’s hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Four years after the United States made it into the bronze medal match, Team USA is not expected to perform nicely.
Team USA’s roster of amateurs ranks sixth in terms of gold medal odds. Five other teams possess greater than 10/1 odds to complete the tournament in first location. The Olympic Athletes of all Russia, who can compete, although not formally for the country due to a widespread doping scandal, are favored to win gold.
Canada won the gold trophy in 2014, beating Sweden in the finals. The defending champs are tied to the chances that are overburdened, though the Russian athletes are considered four times more likely to win the tournament. Sweden has exactly the Very Same odds as Canada, followed by Finland and the Czech Republic.
No current NHL players are allowed to compete in the 2018 Games, however there is plenty of NHL experience from the tournament. Canada leads the way with 5,444 combined NHL games played with its roster. 2,140 career points have been totaled by those players.
The Russian athletes aren’t far behind Canada with 1,955 NHL points. Team USA has a 518-game experience edge over the Russian athletes in regards to their time in the NHL, but the U.S. athletes have scored 739 fewer points.
Brian Gionta will play Team USA after spending 16 seasons in the NHL and totaling 312 points. His best season came 12 years ago when he scored 48 goals for the New Jersey Devils.
Team USA’s defense is full of former NHL players, including Matt Gilroy, James Wisniewski, Jon Blum, Chad Billins, Bobby Sanguinetti, Noah Welch and Bobby Butler. John McCarthy played in 88 career NHL matches, and Jim Slater totaled 138 points into his career. The championship is composed of 12 teams that were divided into three groups. After playing everyone in their respective group, all the groups advance to the elimination stage and are seeded according to their group records. The three group winners and the top second-place team get a first-round bye.
The men’s hockey tournament starts Wednesday, Feb. 14 and concludes with the gold medal game on Feb. 24.

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