The 2022 IIHF World Championships begin in Finland on Friday, May 13th, with 16 of the best teams in international ice hockey competing for one of the most prestigious prizes in the sport. Organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which has overseen this competition since its inception in 1920, the IIHF World Championships bring together the best ice hockey players and coaches from around the world.
We will take a closer look at the competing nations in this guide, highlighting some of the best World Championship Ice Hockey betting markets to look at, and offer some generous IIHF betting tips.
Canada will arrive in Helsinki this year as the current holders of the world title having beaten this year’s hosts, Finland, in the 2021 final 3-2. The Canadians are among the favourites to win it again and have been drawn in Group A, which means they will be based at the Helsinki Ice Hall for all of their group games.
Opened in 1966, the venue will be hosting its 4th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and can boast an audience capacity of 8,200 spectators.
Group B games will be played at the Nokia Indoor Arena in Tampere. This venue was only opened in 2021 and has a capacity of 13,455. This is where the host nation, Finland, will play its group games and it will also be the venue for the semi-finals and the final. Roared on by such a large home crowd, will Finland feature in our IIHF betting tips? Continue reading to find out.
The 16 highest ranked ice hockey nations would normally be competing in the IIHF World Championships. However, this year France and Austria have been invited to replace the team of the Russian Olympic Committee and the team from Belarus. France and Austria were ranked 17 and 18 in the IIHF men’s rankings and will take their place on the world stage to ensure 16 nations can still compete.
Defending champions Canada, Sweden and hosts Finland are among the top teams in the world and should feature in your World Championship Ice Hockey betting thinking. But there are several other countries who will arrive in Finland confident that they can go all the way and lift the trophy. Among those with a chance include Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the United States.
Understanding how the format of the tournament works will certainly help with your World Championship Ice Hockey betting and will aid us in offering our IIHF betting tips. The preliminary round of the competition will see eight teams placed into two groups, where each will play games against their group opponents in a round robin style. Group A will play their preliminary games at the Helsinki Ice Hall, with Group B playing at the Nokia Indoor Arena in Tampere.
The eight nations that make up Group A and will play each other once are Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and Switzerland.
The leading contenders to win Group A are Canada, Switzerland and Germany, and there will be some World Championship Ice Hockey betting markets open where you can bet on who will finish top of the group. Canada to win Group A would be among the strongest IIHF betting tips and they are considered to stand an excellent chance of defending their title.
The Canadians face a tough opening game against Germany, before facing a talented Slovakian team. They then face Kazakhstan before another tough encounter against Switzerland. Canada’s final games of the group will see them face Denmark, before finishing the preliminary round against France.
The eight countries that make up Group B and will play each other once are Czech Republic, Finland, France, Great Britain, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the United States.
Finland will be cheered on by a partisan crowd and will feature among many IIHF betting tips to win Group B. They do face stiff opposition in the shape of Sweden and the United States, but the Finns have done well in this competition in recent years, after winning the title in 2019, before being runners-up in the tournament last year.
Following the preliminary stages, which will have concluded by Tuesday, May 24th, the nations who finish in the top four places of their respective group will advance to the quarter-finals.
The quarter-finals will be played on Thursday, May 26th, at both tournament venues, with the winner of Group A facing the team that finished fourth in Group B, while the winner of Group B will face the fourth-placed team from Group A.
The other quarter-final games will see the runner-up in Group A play against the third-placed team in Group B, with the third-placed team in Group A facing the runner-up of Group B.
From there, the four winning teams will advance to the semi-finals, which are due to be played on Saturday, May 28th.
Here, the second-best ranked semi-finalist will play the third-best ranked semi-finalist, with the top-ranked semi-finalist meeting the lowest-ranked semi-finalist. The rankings are an important factor to note when thinking about World Championship Ice Hockey betting, as it can have a big impact on who might go on to play in the final.
The losing nations from each semi will face off against each other for a third-place finish, while the winning countries from the semi-final stage will go on to compete for the 2022 IIHF World Championship title at the Nokia Indoor Arena on Sunday, May 29th.
There are some excellent World Championship Ice Hockey betting lines to get involved with throughout the tournament. These include being able to bet on the winner of every game, as well as being able to bet on the outright winner of the competition.
But there are some more bets you can look for in every game. You can bet on how many goals will be scored in each fixture, the name of the players who might score the goals, who might win each of the three periods during the game, and even the margin of the win.
To find the World Championship Ice Hockey betting lines, you can simply navigate to the Ice Hockey betting page and select ‘World Championship’.
Here, you will see a list of the matches that are due to take place and you can just choose the fixture to open all the betting lines available for that game. Simply have a look at the prices and the type of bet you wish to place and add that bet to your bet slip.
Our IIHF betting tips include Canada to win Group A in the preliminary rounds, with Finland to win Group B. But the most important IIHF betting tip right now according to bookmakers is for Finland to win the World Championships.
Not only do they have home advantage, but they were also the team that eliminated Canada in the Olympic Games quarter final in February, which marked an impressive response to their defeat to the Canadians in last year’s IIHF World Championships final.
Finland went on to win the country's first ever Olympic gold medal in Beijing, which catapulted them to the top of the world rankings.
The Finns do have a tough group where they face Sweden, who feature as another one of our IIHF betting tips because it is predicted they will reach the semi-finals.
Canada will push Finland all the way and for these two nations to reach a second successive final is also another IIHF betting tip.
However, it is Finland who is ultimately being predicted to be crowned World Champions again, for the first time since 2019.
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