US Women’s Hockey Team In 2018 Winter Olympics – Expert’s Betting Preview
The United States women’s national ice hockey team has been one of the best international teams since first playing in 1987. The U.S. women’s hockey team has constantly had difficulty against Canada. In the 2014 Winter Olympics, Team USA fell to Canada in overtime. This heartbreaking loss has been in the minds of many players that returned for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Team USA’s women’s hockey has been growing in size and popularity in recent history. According to USA Hockey, the United States has 61,612 female players in 2011 and that number is growing at an amazing rate. Women’s Hockey is at an all-time high and the national team, under head coach Robb Stauber, will want to prove that with a gold medal in PyeongChang.
US Olympic Women’s Hockey Team Road To Pyeongchang 2018
This is the United States women’s national ice hockey team’s sixth Olympic appearance. In the U.S. women’s hockey team’s first five appearances, they were able to medal every time. Their only gold medal came back in 1998 in their first appearance. Team USA’s women’s hockey team earned silver medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014 Olympics. In all three of those Olympic games, Canada topped USA on the medal podium.
The women’s team has an international record of 228-72-4. The USA hockey team has won four straight world championships including most recent one in the 2017 World Championship. The women’s team is poised and ready to go for Gold after such a close defeat in Sochi in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Betting On USA Women’s Hockey Team In Winter Olympics
When betting on hockey in the Winter Olympics, there are two ways to go. You can bet on who you believe is going to win the gold medal or you can bet individual games against the money line. Betting on ice hockey in the Olympics is very similar to betting on the NHL. When you are betting on the future gold medal winner it is like betting on who you believe will win the Stanley Cup.
Right now, there are only odds for betting on the future gold medal winner. According to Sportsbetting Sportsbook, the United States have the best odds for winning. The USA is listed as a -140 to win the gold medal. Canada is second in odds, they are listed at +110. After those two Women’s teams, it takes a fall in odds. Finland is listed at +1400 which puts them third in odds.
As the Olympics ice hockey tournament kicks off, our recommended online sportsbook will start showing lines and odds for individual games. We recommend checking our free picks hub for our hockey expert’s individual games betting opportunities on ice hockey games and other 2018 Winter Olympics sports.
United States Women’s National Ice Hockey Team Roster
The United States women’s team is highlighted by captain Meghan Duggan. Duggan was at the NHL All-Star game with Hilary Knight and Amanda Kessel to promote the 2018 women’s Olympic hockey team. Duggan and Knight join Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Gigi Marvin and Kacey Bellamy as the women who will play in their third Olympic Tournament.
Thirteen women are playing in their first winter Olympic games. The team is filled with thirteen forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. With a solid mix of experience and talented youth, team USA’s women’s national team could be set up for great success. Winning anything else but the gold Olympic medal will be considered a failure.