Roster Projections, Predictions for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Hockey

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Roster Projections, Predictions for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Hockey
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Mike Babcock was once again given the task of coaching Team Canada in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Last week, several nations announced their invitations to their various hockey camps for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Since then, odds came out for each showing host Russia as the team the highest number of fans want to bet on. (Remember, odds are based on getting an even number of bets on both sides, not their prediction.)

Bovada opened with them paying out 11:5. Canada was next at 9:4, then Sweden at 4:1 and the United States at 6:1. That would make the Team USA the one that does best without a medal.

In reality, it shows how people are predictable. Gamblers often try to ride the team that is hot, and casual fans get swayed by mere buzz.

A more measured examination of the teams shows not just the eight expected to be the last standing, but the order of their finish. The final line and pair combinations are also projected for the teams playing past the first game of that round.

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