The 2022 Winter Olympics close out on Sunday and one of the final events will be the gold medal game for men’s hockey. Four events will hand out gold medals and it’s fitting that hockey is the last team sport to finish.
The US and Canada were two of the favorites to take home gold entering the playoff tournament, but both came up short in the quarterfinals. It leaves us with an all-European affair in the gold and bronze medal games. Finland beat Slovakia in the first semifinal and ROC and Sweden are currently playing in the second semifinal.
The puck drops on the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. in Beijing, which is 11:10 p.m. ET on Saturday night in the United States. Here is what we know about the participants.
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Finland vs. ROC
How Finland got here: The Fins beat Slovakia 2-0 in the semifinals, which followed a 5-1 win over Switzerland in the quarterfinals. Finland won its preliminary group with a 2-1-0-0 record. They beat Slovakia and Latvia in regulation and beat Sweden in overtime. Finland entered the Beijing Olympics with +400 odds to win the gold at DraftKings Sportsbook.
How ROC got here: The Russians beat Sweden 2-1 in a penalty shootout. Prior to that, they beat Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The ROC went 2-0-1-0 in group play, with its only loss coming in overtime against Czechia. The ROC entered the Beijing Olympics with +160 odds to win the gold at DraftKings Sportsbook.