Face-off: 1820 BST, 23/05/2022
Arena: Helsinki Ice Hall
Canada received a wake-up call when losing to Switzerland at the IIHF World Championship and are expected to bounce back by beating Denmark.
The Danes are having a decent tournament with three wins from five outings, but have had their limitations exposed by the better teams.
Let’s go with 3.9 for the holders to prevail by exactly three goals in our Canada vs Denmark predictions.
Although starting out with four straight wins, Canada had been guilty of some sloppy defending and those problems proved costly against the Swiss.
Claude Julien’s side led three times in a wild opening period via goals from Kent Johnson, Adam Lowry and Drake Batherson.
However, Switzerland rallied each time to be level after 20 minutes and then outworked their opponents to secure a 6-3 success.
A sold-out crowd of 5,676 was heavily in favour of Switzerland, but New York Islanders centre Matt Barzal insisted that was not an issue.
He said: “We haven’t really had a crowd like this since we’ve been here, whether they cheer for the other team or for us.
“It was a blast, good energy. It’s always good with people in the building.
“We had power plays we didn’t capitalise on. We gave them a couple of goals. It’s a good team over there, the hardest we have played so far.
“It’s a bit of a wake-up call, but we’ll come back against Denmark and have a good one.”
Canada should return to winning ways here, but they were also fragile at the back versus Germany and Kazakhstan.
Looking at the 3.25 for the holders to win in regular time and both teams to score at least twice a tempting option.
Denmark got off to a flying start when crushing Kazakhstan 9-1 in Helsinki, with Joachim Blichfeld hitting a hat-trick.
The 23-year-old is attached to the San Jose Sharks and has caught the eye with affiliate side San Jose Barracuda of the AHL.
Switzerland then brought the Danes back down to earth with a 6-0 thumping, but Italy were edged out 2-1.
Denmark suffered a second shutout when going down 1-0 to Germany but enjoyed a 3-0 triumph over France on Saturday.
Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers is a familiar face who has already made his presence felt at this tournament and former Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin is still going strong at the age of 36.
The underdogs have shown enough to suggest they will have their moments here, but 13.0 for Canada to oblige 5-2 completes our Canada vs Denmark betting tips.
CANADA 3-6 Switzerland
DENMARK 3-0 France
Head-to-head: Canada 5-0 Denmark, Canada 7-1 Denmark, Canada 6-1 Denmark
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