Finland vs. USA Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 28, 2022 13:20 CET
The dust has settled at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. All the upsets and drama didn’t produce an unexpected semi-finalist as four of the strongest teams and main title favourites will compete for a place in the final this Saturday. In a repeat of their group stage match, Finland and the United States go head-to-head once again and this time the young American team will be looking for revenge in front of a packed Tampere Arena.
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The reigning Olympic champions are cruising at home and look unstoppable at the moment with their sole defeat of the tournament coming in the group stage match against Sweden. They already squared off against the US in the group and gave the Americans no chance of achieving a methodical 4:1 win.
As expected, Mikael Granlund from the Nashville Predators has been the man of the hour but the Finns wouldn’t have been so successful without all the NHL stars they brought in during the initial phase. After finishing at the top of their group with only five goals conceded in seven games, they were up against an unpredictable Slovakian team in the quarter-final.
Slovakia shocked the home crowd taking a 2:0 lead in the middle of the opening period but the Finns managed to rebound securing a 4:2 win. The hosts probably underestimated the Slovaks and became a bit complacent after their excellent results during the group stage. That didn´t cost them in the end but against a much stronger US team, they will have to be at their level from the opening faceoff.
Finnish cult hero Marko Anttila produced another big display in #IIHFWorlds knock-out play, leading the host nation’s fightback to beat Slovakia 4-2.
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 26, 2022
The Americans produced by far their best performance of the tournament in the quarter-final eliminating the undefeated Swiss team. Besides scoring three goals they also managed to shut out the Swiss attack which scored six goals against Canada less than a week ago.
Even though they have a young team, they executed their game plan well and held off the tournament´s top scorer Denis Malgin. Their goaltender Jeremy Swayman and captain Seth Jones made sure the Swiss ended the game scoreless, which is quite impressive if we know Switzerland entered this game with a flawless 7-0 record averaging almost five goals per game.
The Americans traditionally step it up when the knockout stage arrives but facing the hosts they will have a mountain to climb. Their defensive form is on the rise but experience, which they lack, is crucial in games like this one. When you add over 10 000 Finnish fans into the equation, it becomes more than clear why Finland is considered a clear favourite.
🇺🇸 @usahockey scored twice in the first, held on for dear life in the second, and battened the hatches in the third to eliminate the previously undefeated Swiss.💪
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 26, 2022
Finland vs USA Prediction
Finland’s win over the US in the group stage won’t mean a lot today but the hosts are just too good and have too much experience to lose this type of game at home. They were living very dangerously against Slovakia but prevailed and should feel much more relaxed in this semi-final.
We agree with the public and will back Finland to win in regulation.
Prediction: 3-Way Money Line – Finland
Date and time: 28.05.2022 13:20 CET
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