Entering the Beijing Games, Team USA Men’s Hockey knew it was in for quite a challenge. But even without NHL players on its roster, the Americans are favored in their quarterfinal matchup with Slovakia, per 2022 Winter Olympics odds. The game is scheduled for Wednesday in China, with live coverage on USA Network on Tuesday night at 11:10 p.m. ET.
The sports betting market sees the game as one the U.S. should win. The U.S. is favored – by varying degrees – at DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers, and FanDuel.
With a roster heavily built by collegians, along with a few former NHL players, Team USA remains in medal contention. That shows the depth of talent in America, and that will be on display for the world to see against Slovakia.
FanDuel is the most cautious about Team USA’s chances, with the Americans laying 0.5 goals (-148), with Slovakia (+120) catching 0.5. FanDuel has Slovakia’s moneyline at +194, with the U.S. at -245.
BetMGM has Team USA at -1 (-115), with Slovakia’s +1 (-110). The moneyline is similar to FanDuel’s, with Team USA -250, and Slovakia +190.
Caesars, DraftKings, and BetRivers all have Team USA laying 1.5 goals, with odds ranging from +118 to +130. Team USA’s moneyline ranges from -210 to -245 across the three platforms. Slovakia’s moneyline sits between +180 to +200.
Here’s a look at where Team USA sits on the futures market, as it attempts to pull off what could be known as: “Miracle on Ice II.”
|Russian Olympic Committee||+210||+175||+200||+200|
Team USA has its work cut out for it to reach the gold-medal game, but its performance thus far has been impressive.
Team USA Duo To Battle For Slopestyle Medals
Three of the four Americans entered in Men’s Slopestyle Freestyle Skiing advanced to the final rounds. The updated odds have Nick Goepper and Alex Hall battling for bronze, with Colby Stevenson a longshot to medal in the 11-man field.
Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli is favored over Norway’s Birk Ruud to win the gold. Each competitor gets three runs, keeping his highest score. The format gives skiers the opportunity to go all-out in their final two runs if they’re confident in their initial score.
Or, if the first run was shaky, they can dial it down in order to post a solid score in the second round. If both rounds are disappointing, they’ll know if they need to throw caution to the wind in the final round.
|Andri Ragettli (SUI)||+125||+160||+150||+125|
|Birk Rudd (NOR)||+330||+350||+300||+350|
|Nick Goepper (USA)||+550||+800||+600||+700|
|Alex Hall (USA)||+600||+600||+600||+600|
|Colby Stevenson (USA)||+1100||+1000||+1000||+1000|
In other events Wednesday (Tuesday’s broadcasts in the U.S.), Chris Lillis has a shot at a medal in Men’s Aerials in Freestyle Skiing. In Cross Country Skiing, Team USA sits fifth on the board in the Women’s Team Sprint Classic.