Posted: 5/3/2012 1:32:25 PM
Finland (-2.5) vs. Belarus - Finland are the defending champions and are playing this at home. They really have dominated Belarus and I expect them to win this one easily. They played two exhibition games, with Finland winning 5-0, 2-1. In the 5-0 game, Finland outshot Belarus 68-21, including 31 shots in the second period. In the 2-1 game, Finland outshot Belarus 43-11. The only thing that scars me is the Belarussian goalie, Mezin - he is a very good goalie...but long in the tooth, but he can keep them in the game. That being said...i'm taking Finland(-2.5) (-105).
Sweden vs. Norway (-2.5) - Like Finland, Sweden is playing this game on home ice. Sweden actually lost to Norway 6-5 last year. I don't see that happening this year. I expect Sweden to cover the 2.5 goal spread. They played one exhibition game earlier, with Sweden winning 7-1, I expect more of the same. Taking Sweden (-2.5) (-145) Steep, I know.
Canada vs. Slovakia Under 5.5 - Not convinced of Canada's offense yet, and traditionally, they start slow. It's a gamble considering the Slovaks are usually weak in goal, but Slovakia does have Chara playing for them and the played Russia and lost to them 3-2 & 2-1 even outshooting them both times. I like that Sutter is coaching Canada, so I can't see a 'run and gun' type of game. Taking Canada/Slovakia Under 5.5 (+110)
Still looking at the other games....will post later if I add anything. Good luck.