Finland will go after its first gold medal in men's hockey, but it will have to beat the reigning-champion ROC team Saturday night at The 2022 Beijing Olympics. The Finns have run through the Beijing 2022 men's hockey tournament without a loss, the only team to do so. It outscored its two opponents in the knockout round 7-1 The ROC hasn't been as dominant, but it has kept on winning and has more than enough experience on this stage. Finland goaltender Harri Sateri has been outstanding throughout the tournament, while the ROC has had some trouble scoring but has a solid netminder of its own in Ivan Fedotov.

Caesars Sportsbook is expecting a tight matchup when the puck drops at 11:10 p.m. ET, listing both teams -110 on the money-line (risk $110 to win $100) in its latest Finland vs. ROC odds, with the over-under for total goals set at 4.5. It has Finland as a slight +150 favorite on the 60-minute money-line, with ROC at +155 and a tie listed at +265. Before locking in any ROC vs. Finland picks or Beijing Olympics 2022 hockey predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.

A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. For Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet Over on Team USA's gold medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.

For the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning Under 10.5 gold medals (+110). And at last year's Tokyo Games, he correctly predicted the United States would go Over 111.5 total medals (-110).

Now, Tierney has analyzed Saturday's ROC vs. Finland gold medal game and locked in his picks and Olympics predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his Beijing Olympics men's hockey bronze medal game pick. Now, here are several betting lines and trends for Finland vs. ROC:

  • Finland vs. ROC money line: Finland -110, ROC -110
  • Finland vs. ROC puck line: ROC -1.5 (+290)
  • Finland vs. ROC over-under: 4.5 goals
  • Finland: G Harri Sateri has a tournament-best .962 save percentage.
  • ROC: G Ivan Fedotov has yielded eight goals while facing 143 shots.

Why you should back Team Finland

Sateri has been standing tall, and forward Sakari Manninen is making a run at tournament MVP. The netminder had 28 saves in a 2-0 win against Slovakia in the semifinal and has allowed just four goals on 115 shots in four tournament starts. Finland hasn't given up an even-strength goal since the tournament opener. The Finns weren't called for a single penalty in the semifinal. Manninen scored late in the first period for the only goal the Finns needed against Slovakia.

Manninen has four goals and three assists in the five games. The Finns haven't won gold, but they have medaled in five of the last seven Winter Games, so they won't shy from the spotlight. Harri Pesonen scored the other goal Friday, and he and Miro Aaltonen each have three goals and one assist. Teemu Hartikainen has set up five and scored two. Not counting empty-net goals, the Russians have five goals over the last four games, so beating Sateri could be tough

Why you should back the ROC

The Russians haven't been scoring much aside from their power play and into empty nets, but they have been grinding out victories. They beat Sweden 2-1 in a shootout after the Swedes tied it in the third period. Anton Slepyshev scored the regulation goal in the semifinal and is one of three ROC players with two goals. Eight players have at least one, with Nikita Nesterov and Kirill Semyonov also tallying twice. Nikita Gusev hasn't scored but has a team-high five assists.

The ROC shut out Switzerland and Denmark to start the tournament before a genuine shootout with the Czechs. It allowed 42 shots and four power-play goals, with the Czech Republic spending 9:30 with a man advantage. Still, goalie Ivan Fedotov kept them in the game and the Russians took it to OT before suffering their only loss. They outshot Denmark 40-18 in the 3-1 quarterfinal win, and Fedoyov had 35 saves in the 2-1 shootout victory against Sweden.

How to make Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game picks

Tierney is leaning under on the goal total, but his more confident pick is on one side of the money line. He knows a crucial x-factor that makes one side a must-back. He's only sharing what it is, and all of his Olympics 2022 picks and predictions, at SportsLine.

Who wins Finland vs. ROC on Saturday? And what x-factor makes one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Tierney's predictions for ROC vs. Finland and the Beijing Winter Olympics, all from the renowned sportswriter who's covered nine Olympics in person and cashed big in 2016, '18 and '21, and find out.