2022 Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Odds Update – ROC Now a Strong Favorite for Gold

| January 21, 2022 9:43 am PDT
  • The Russian Olympic Committee is the betting favorite to win men’s hockey gold in Beijing.
  • Odds on the defending champions slashed following the NHL’s decision to allow participants to compete.
  • Team USA is now a significant underdog to win the gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Fans looking for the best bets for the 2022 Winter Olympics can forget about the United States winning gold in the men’s ice hockey tournament.

That’s if the latest odds for the Winter Olympics hockey in Beijing are to be believed. Canadian fans will also be disappointed somewhat with the NHL’s decision not to allow players in the league to participate in the upcoming games.

Instead, the Russian Olympic Committee — boosted by the best of their talent from the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) — are sure-fire favorites to take the gold.

Here’s the latest.

Latest Beijing 2022 Odds for the Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament

Czech Republic+1000

I’ve taken the following odds for the male ice hockey tournament at Beijing 2022 from the BetOnline sportsbook. You can find a full list of all participants by visiting the site.

It should come as no surprise to see the United States suffer a dramatic fall in the odds table, given Team USA will feature none of its major stars. 

Instead, the ROC looks the strongest of the bunch. Especially with pre-tournament favorites, Canada, will also be missing out on some of its brightest stock. Although the Canadian team is not as strong as they would have been with a full roster on the plane to China. 

Despite being priced at +600, Canadian Olympic Committee’s CEO and general secretary David Shoemaker is remaining optimistic following the NHL’s decision to refuse to release players.

“There is an extraordinarily deep talent pool in Canadian hockey. We’re excited to rally behind the men’s team as it steps on to the ice for its first game on Feb. 10, attempting to win its fourth consecutive medal.”

Veteran players such as Russia’s Alex Ovechkin and Canada’s Sidney Crosby, 36 and 34, respectively, are not as sanguine. For Crosby, he has seen his last chance of appearing at an Olympics pass him by.

“[The decision is] difficult to wrap your head around, given the fact that we thought we’d have the opportunity. Definitely feel for the guys who have missed numerous opportunities.”

Bet on the ROC to Win Hockey Gold at Beijing 2022?

Before you put the wife and kids on the Russians to win gold with Winter Olympics betting sites, understand that the tournament has still to be played.

While the ROC will be strong and a formidable challenge, they are far from a sure thing. First, the Russian team is plus money odds, despite being favored to win the gold. That is an indication, albeit a small one, that there is competition for them ahead of Beijing. 

Finland, Sweden, and Canada will all be vying to upset men’s ice hockey odds at the Winter Olympics. To a lesser extent, the Czechs, too.
As for the United States? There will be the absence of two-time Olympian Patrick Kane, as well as Seth Jones and Austin Matthews. This time, Team USA will mostly be made up of a mix of college players and former NHL pros.

The last time the USA’s men’s team won gold at the Winter Olympics? It was 1980 against the Soviet Union. When they were a mix and match team that was given odds of +10000. That was the “Miracle on Ice,” which put the class of ’80 up there with the unlikeliest Winter Olympics heroes of all time.

Although I wouldn’t hold my breath for gold for the USA, they can take some motivation from that, at least. 

Keep an eye on our Olympics betting blog for the latest odds, bets, and wagering advice ahead of Beijing 2022. 

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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