IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 Betting Tips & Predictions (May 13-29)
It is the greatest time of the year again because we are set for the IIHF World Championship 2022. This time around, Finland will take responsibility for hosting the tournament, and they will be doing that for the 9th time.
If you are yet to make your predictions or wager your bets, here is a betting preview for the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022.
Brief History of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Officially started at the 1920 Summer Olympics; the Ice Hockey World Championship is the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) annual tournament for men. Between 1920 and 1968, the World Championship was the same as the Olympic hockey tournament.
The tournament comprises 16 Top Division teams, 12 in Division I, 12 in Division II, 10 in Division III, and 4 in Division IV. However, the 16 Top Division teams will play the preliminary round, and then the top 8 will go into playoff rounds. The winning side is then crowned the World Champion.
Canada has always dominated, winning the title 27 times. The only side to come close to Canada is Russia/Soviet Union, which has 27 titles.
Odds to Win the IIHF World Championship 2022
Canada is the defending champion and has been the most successful side in the tournament, it could be quite tricky to pick them as the winner for this year’s tournament. Other strong sides include the host Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and the USA. Considering that Finland won the Gold medals at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after beating Russia 2-1, the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 winner odds are with Finland.
Here are the 2022 Ice Hockey World Championship betting odds for the outright winners from the best ice hockey betting sites:
IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 Predictions
If you want to be sure of winning your bet, here are the teams we can suggest you should wager on with their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 odds:
Finland – 3.45
Being the host of this tournament and having just won the recently concluded 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Finland stands a chance to win the title, adding to the 3 they already have. The most recent triumph for Finland at the World Championship was in 2019, beating Canada to the title in Slovakia. Apart from that, Finland got to the final of the last edition held in 2021, losing to Canada.
After winning the Winter Olympics in February, Finland became No.1 on the IIHF ranking table. Because of that, they are of high confidence and could take that form into the World Championship. Almost every VIP bookmaker has backed Finland as the favorites, and we also think they have all it takes to win on home soil.
Canada – 3.85
Suppose there is a side that can give Finland the run for their money, Canada. The kind of experience Canada has at the highest level of Hockey could make a difference for them here. With 27 titles to its name, Canada is the defending champion after beating Finland to the trophy in 2021.
We could be set to see a repeat of what happened in 2021 or what happened in 2019 when Finland came out triumphant. In this tournament, Canada has a lot to fight for because winning could see them move past Russia as the most successful side in the World Championship.
Despite having a disappointing end to their Winter Olympics campaign and having crashed out of the quarter-finals, Canada remains one of the favorites. Now that head coach Claude Julien can call on NHL players, our 2022 Ice Hockey World Championship betting tips give them a chance.
Sweden – 5.30
With 11 World medals to their name, Sweden is the 4th most successful side in the IIHF World Championship. Sweden follows Canada, Russia, and the Czech Republic on the medal table and stands as one of the favorites here.
Sweden had a poor outing in the World Championship last year, failing to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time since the current format was introduced. Sweden was beaten by Denmark and Belarus last year, but they remain a strong side. It is a side that won the title in consecutive years in 2017 and 2018, and they know what to do to win this tournament.
5 Previous Winners of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Canada has won 3 of the last 6 tournaments, while Sweden has won 2 of the previous 5. Here are the last 5 winners of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship:
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When Is the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022?
The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 dates are between May 13 and May 29, 2022.
Where Is the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2022?
The location for the 85th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championship 2022 is Tampere and Helsinki in Finland.
The opening ceremony will be held in Tampere on May 13, and the tournament will feature 64 games among the 16 teams that will compete. Canada is the defending champion, but Finland currently leads the ranking table following their heroic stats at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Other sides that could make a wave are Sweden and the Czech Republic. So if you are not following the games on television, you can use the live streaming option on your trusted live betting site.