Canada vs Switzerland Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for 2023 IIHF World Championship Game (Back a Low-Scoring Battle)

Canada vs Switzerland prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game.
Canada vs Switzerland prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game. / AP Photos/Roman Koksarov

The 2023 IIHF World Championship continues on Saturday, May 20, with a Group B matchup between Canada and Switzerland.

Canada vs Switzerland Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Time: 9:20 a.m. ET
  • Venue: Arena Riga -- Riga, Latvia

Two of the best teams in Group B meet head-to-head on Saturday at the IIHF World Championship. Canada has gotten off to a dazzling 4-0-0 start in group play with an average win margin of +3.5. Switzerland also remains undefeated and has posted three shutouts across four powerful victories.

Canada vs Switzerland Odds & Spread

Canada enters this contest as the favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This group stage clash also features an over/under of 5.5 goals with both sides available at -110 odds.

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Canada vs Switzerland Betting Trends

  • Canada is 4-0-0 in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Switzerland is 4-0-0 in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Canada was the runner-up at the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
  • Switzerland reached the quarterfinals round of the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
  • Canada is 2-2 straight up in its last four head-to-head matchups against Switzerland.

Canada vs Switzerland Prediction & Pick

Hockey fans are in for a treat on Saturday as Canada and Switzerland put their perfect records to the test. Defense has been the key to success for both of these teams so far as the the Swiss rank first in terms of goals allowed per game (0.5) and the Canadians check in right behind them in second (1.0).

This game is a toss-up, but I give the edge to Canada due to the fact that its offense is relentless. They lead the IIHF World Championship in shots on goal (164) and have scored 16 goals during five-on-five play across four games. MacKenzie Weegar ranks second among all players in points (8), too.

Give me the Canadians in a game that is likely decided late or even ends during an overtime period.

Final Score Prediction: Canada: 3 | Switzerland: 2

Canada vs Switzerland Best Bet

I like Canada's offense to come alive late in this game, but that does not mean that I like the contest to be high-scoring as a whole. Less than 6 goals have been scored in two of the last three matchups between Canada and Switzerland, anyways. These are two of the best goaltending teams in the field considering they rank second and third in save percentage so far. Trust the goalies to stay dominant.

Bet: Under 5.5 Total Goals (-110)

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