Slovenia vs Canada Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for 2023 IIHF World Championship Game (Expect a One-Sided Showdown)

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

The 2023 IIHF World Championship begins on Sunday, May 14, featuring a Group B matchup between Slovenia and Canada.

Slovenia vs Canada Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Time: 5:20 a.m. ET
  • Venue: Arena Riga -- Riga, Latvia

These two countries had completely opposite experiences when it came to their tournament-opening games. Slovenia got off on the wrong foot, suffering a 7-0 blowout loss at the hands of Switzerland. Meanwhile, Canada steamrolled past Latvia with a 6-0 win, highlighted by defenseman MacKenzie Weegar's three-point effort (one goal, two assists).

Slovenia vs Canada Odds & Spread

Canada enters this contest as the favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:20 a.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 7 goals with the over being favored at -120 odds.

Slovenia vs Canada Betting Trends

  • Slovenia is 0-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Canada is 0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Slovenia lost to Switzerland, 7-0, in its last game played on May 13, 2023.
  • Canada defeated Latvia, 6-0, in its last game played on May 12, 2023.
  • Canada is 4-0 straight up in its last four head-to-head matchups against Slovenia.

Slovenia vs Canada Prediction & Pick

After Slovenia was hammered by Switzerland, it's hard to have much faith in it against a juggernaut like Canada. Not only are the Canadians one of the top favorites to win the World Championship, but they also have a lot more offensive upside than the Swiss. Canada also has a ton of NHL talent across the lineup, whereas Slovenia isn't even rostering one.

Furthermore, Canada has dominated Slovenia in the past, winning all four of the previous head-to-head matchups. If that isn't impressive enough, Canada has outscored Slovenia 24-6 on aggregate while winning three of those contests by at least four goals.

There's no reason to overthink anything here. Canada is going to win and it will be lopsided.

Final Score Prediction: Canada: 8 | Latvia: 2

Slovenia vs Canada Best Bet

While covering a 4.5-goal spread is a big ask for most teams, Canada can do it against Slovenia. Again, this is a Slovenian squad that just lost by seven goals to Switzerland. Canada is one of the deepest teams in the tournament and can cause havoc with all four of its lines. There's just no way I see Slovenia slowing down the opposition here.

After winning 7-2 in its last clash with Slovenia, look for Canada to win in another landslide.

Bet: Canada -4.5 (-128)

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