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2010 Winter Olympics: Canada vs USA Women’s Hockey Prediction

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Team USA will face Team Canada for gold supremacy in Women’s Olympic Hockey today, Thursday Feb 25@6:30ET, as Canada will be playing on home ice for a third consecutive gold medal. It’s a winner-take-all game, just one contest to decide the sport's best. Olympic oddsmakers at SPORTSBOOK.com have Canada as -175 moneyline favorite to beat USA (+125) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals . Be sure to get your 2010 Winter Olympics: Canada vs USA Women’s Hockey Prediction in now at SPORTSBOOK.com

Canada clinched the superpower final with a 5-0 victory over Finland. They outshot Finland 50-11 and the Finns didn't register their first attempt on goal until 16 minutes had passed, and they barely registered a chance. Haley Irwin scored twice, while Cherie Piper, Caroline Ouellette and Meghan Agosta added singles. Agosta leads the tournament with nine goals. Hefford had two assists, and goalie Shannon Szabados cruised to a shutout. Szabados is known for her mastery of the Americans, including three consecutive victories against the arch-rival heading into the Olympics. Canada is 12-7 all-time against the U.S. at the Olympics and world championships . Canada outscored its four opponents in Vancouver 46-2. A winner-take-all final is too unpredictable, too dependent on a hot goalie or a cold shooter. "Anybody could have anything up their sleeve, but I'm pretty sure we know and they know everything about each other," Canada coach Melody Davidson said. "There's respect, but also a tremendous rivalry and pride. I think it's one of the best rivalries in sports, male or female." Coach Davidson must choose between goalies Shannon Szabados and Kim St. Pierre, who both excelled in recent weeks.

USA will be playing to avenge their step-short loss in Turin four years ago and their loss to Canada on home turf in 2002. The U.S. cruised to a 9-1 victory over Sweden as their focus now shifts to Team Canada. The Americans ran up a 40-2 goal advantage through their first four games. Neither team has really pushed past the other. After 20 years, they're still neck-and-neck, still fighting for every loose puck and each victory. "We live to push those guys, and I'm sure they feel the same way," Canadian forward Jayna Hefford said. "You always want to test yourself against the best, and we're both at the top of this game." Canadians have won six straight games over the U.S. team but they are all close games usually won by one goal . Neither Coach will say who's playing goalie, but Jessie Vetter is a virtual lock to be in the U.S. net.

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The Bottom Line: Canada will take it on home ice with a raucous crowd behind them. Be sure to get your 2010 Winter Olympics: Canada vs USA Women’s Hockey Prediction in now at SPORTSBOOK.com and Get a 50% Deposit Bonus and $25 Free Bet at Sportsbook.com, simply use promo code WIN100 and start winning today!

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