United States vs. Slovakia and Canada vs. Czech Republic


Teammates of the United States celebrate a goal in the second period of the World Junior Hockey Championships bronze medal game against the Czech Republic on Friday, January 5, 2018, in Buffalo, NY (AP Photo / Jeffrey T. Barnes)

  • United States face Slovakia, while Canada face Czech Republic in 2021 World Juniors quarter-finals on January 2, 2021
  • Canadians are favorites at -3335 against the Czechs in their quarter-final game
  • In another quarter-final, the United States are the -5000 against Slovakia

Canada and the United States proved to be the crème de la crème in group play at the World Junior Tournament. The two countries are the big favorites to qualify for the quarter-final matches scheduled for Saturday.

Canada is the favorite at -3335 to pass the Czech Republic. This will be the fifth round of medals between these two nations. The Canadiens have won the previous four games.

Canada (4-0) has scored the most goals (33) and allowed the fewest goals (four) in the tournament. This +29 goal differential is also a better tournament.

The United States went 3-1 to the top of Group B. They have an impressive 25-5 goal differential, losing only to Russia.

Canada will face the Czechs at 7:00 pm EST on January 2, 2021. The USA-Slovakia game will follow at 10:30 pm EST. Both games are broadcast by the NHL network.

Czech Republic vs Canada odds

Team Moneyline Broadcast Total
Czech Republic +1150 +4.5 (-136) O 7 (-114)
Canada -3335 -4.5 (+108) U7 (-108)

All odds taken January 1 at DraftKings

This will be the fifth consecutive tournament that Canada and the Czechs face. Canada dominated those games with a 4-0 record.

Those results include a 5-3 victory for the Canadians over the Czech Republic in the 2017 quarter-finals. Canada has won the last four games by a combined margin of 24-8. This corresponds to an average score of 6-2.

Overall, Canada is 22-7-8 against the Czechs all-time at the World Juniors. Since 2003, Canada has held a 12-1 advantage.

Of the eight teams in the medal round, only Germany (28) allowed more goals than the 14 allowed by the Czech Republic. The Czechs were 2-2 in the group game, but surprised the Russian favorites 2-0 behind a 30-save performance by goalkeeper Lukas Parik.

Canadian forward Dylan Cozens leads the tournament with six goals and is second with 11 points. Quinton Byfield (2-5-7), Phil Tomasino (4-2-6) and Peyton Krebs (3-3-6) are the other top Canadian point producers.

Martin Lang (3-1-4) is the Czech Republic’s top scorer. He is 24th in the general classification of the tournament.

Canada’s 4-1 victory over Finland in the Group A final came at a cost. Forward Alex Newhook left the game with an upper body injury.

Picks: Canada -4.5 (+108)

Slovakia vs USA odds

Team Moneyline Broadcast Total
Slovakia +1400 +4.5 (-106) O 7 (-110)
United States -5000 -4.5 (-117) U7 (-112)

The Americans are doing the work on both sides of the ice. They beat Sweden 4-0 on Thursday to clinch first place in Group B. Tournament leading scorer Trevor Zegras (6-7-13) had two assists. He also shares the head of the tournament’s scorers. Cam York (1-5-6) and Matthew Boldy (4-1-5) are the other top scorers for the Americans.

Spencer Knight made 30 saves for the shutout. It was the Americans’ third consecutive shutout, a tournament record for the country.

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This is particularly bad news for Slovakia. The Slovaks have scored five goals in four games. This is the lowest offensive production of any of the eight teams that qualified for the knockout phase of the tournament.

The Slovaks went 1-3 to finish fourth in Group A. Their only victory was a 1-0 shutout of Switzerland without a win.

Slovakia is eighth for scoring efficiency, seventh on power-play and sixth for save percentage. They scored three of their five goals against the Porous Germans.

The United States is the only country that did not allow a power play goal in the tournament. Not that they give up a lot of chances. The Americans are the least penalized team, spending just three shorthanded minutes per game.

On the power play, the United States clicks a 40% efficiency rate.

Picks: United States -4.5 (-117)

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