Well, the olympic break is now upon us and the olympic hockey tournament begins tomorrow. After some thought I have decided to use the olympic break as a bit of a blogging break as well and more importantly as an opportunity to catch up on some much needed ‘pay the bills’ work. I also hope to use some of the extra time to develop offense and defense rankings and maybe take a look at using these rank as a game prediction tool to see if theycan in some way improve on or complement the current game prediction algorithm I have. Hopefully before the olympic break ends I’ll get something posted about that.
In the mean time if anyone wants to post their predictions for the olympic hockey tournament, feel free to post your comments here. My thouhts are that it will come down to Canada, Czech Republic and possibly Sweden if Forsberg can get healthy for the medal rounds. I think these are the only three teams who have the quality and consistancy of goaltending to win a major tournament.
Current odds (as posted at Bowmans) to win the olympic gold are:
Czech Republic +275
From those odds I’d say Czech Republic and Sweden provide excellent risk/reward bets and probably a better risk/reward ratio than Canada. As nice as it would be to win $35,000 on a $1 Kazakhstan bet, I just don’t think it is going to happen.