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Winter Olympics Women’s Hockey Schedule, Betting Odds, Format: USA, Canada Heavy Favorites for Gold Medal

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Jean Catuffe/Getty Images. Pictured: Team USA won gold in 2018.

  • The women's hockey tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympics begins with round robin games on Thursday, February 3.
  • Canada and the United States have dominated the competition in the past, and are expected once again to compete for gold this year.
  • Continue reading for a full breakdown and betting odds for the tournament,

2022 Olympic Women’s Hockey Odds

Team Odds
USA -115
Canada -105
Finland +1400
ROC +3500
Switzerland +5000
Japan +5000
Sweden +5000
Czech Republic +5000
Denmark +10000
China +30000

Odds as of Jan. 31 and via DraftKings

The 2022 Olympic men’s hockey tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 2 when the 10 teams vying for gold in Beijing will begin their quest for glory.

The betting favorites entering the tournament are a near toss-up between the United States and Canada. Team USA checks in at the slightest of favorites at -115, compared to Canada’s -105.

After those two rivals, there’s a steep drop-off to the next team, Finland, which would have to be considered the favorite to take home the bronze medal with 14/1 odds to win gold. Finland is the obvious favorite for bronze because it’s the only team anywhere near that range of odds, with the big drop from USA/Canada to them, followed by another big drop from Finland’s 14/1 to the next favorite, ROC, at 35/1.

The United States, Canada and Finland were the three medalists four years ago in South Korea. Team USA beat Canada for gold, with Finland topping ROC in the bronze medal game.

Women’s hockey has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1998 and the United States and Canada have won all of the six gold medals awarded since then. Team USA won the inaugural tournament in 1998 in Japan. Canada won four-straight golds starting in 2002, with the U.S. medaling in each of those years (three silvers and one bronze). In 2018, Team USA got over the Canadian hump for its second gold medal.

Tournament Format

  • Group A: United States, Canada, Finland, ROC, Switzerland
  • Group B: Japan, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden

The women’s Olympic hockey tournament uses weighted pools. The top-five teams in the world rankings will compete in Group A, while Group B will consist of the five lower-ranked qualifiers.

Each team will play one match against every other team in its group. At the end of group play, the five teams from Group A will all advance to the quarterfinals (the knockout stage), while the top-three teams from Group B will also advance.

Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 2

  • Switzerland vs. Canada, 11:10 p.m. ET
  • China vs. Czech Republic, 11:10 p.m. ET

Thursday, Feb. 3

  • Japan vs. Sweden, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • Finland vs. United States, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • ROC vs. Switzerland, 11:10 p.m. ET
  • Denmark vs. China, 11:10 p.m. ET

Friday, Feb. 4

  • Canada vs. Finland, 11:10 p.m. ET

Saturday, Feb. 5

  • Czech Republic vs. Sweden, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • Denmark vs. Japan, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • United States vs. ROC, 8:10 a.m. ET

Sunday, Feb. 6

  • China vs. Japan, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • Switzerland vs. United States, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • Canada vs. ROC, 11:10 p.m. ET

Monday, Feb. 7

  • Czech Republic vs. Denmark, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • Finland vs. Switzerland, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • Sweden vs. China, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • United States vs. Canada, 11:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Feb. 8

  • Japan vs. Czech Republic, 3:40 a.m. ET
  • ROC vs. Finland, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • Sweden vs. Denmark, 8:10 a.m. ET

Thursday, Feb. 10

  • Quarterfinal 1, 11:10 p.m. ET

Friday, Feb. 11

  • Quarterfinal 2, 8:10 a.m. ET
  • Quarterfinal 3, 11:10 p.m. ET

Saturday, Feb. 12

  • Quarterfinal 4, 3:40 a.m. ET

Sunday, Feb. 13

  • Semifinal 1, 11:10 p.m. ET

Monday, Feb. 14

  • Semifinal 2, 8:10 a.m. ET

Wednesday, Feb. 16

  • Bronze medal game, 6:30 a.m. ET
  • Gold medal game, 11:10 p.m. ET
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