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12-05-2012, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by KevyD View Post
In the same way people were underestimating the Russians as little as 5 years ago, they are overestimating them now. In recent years, Russia has been outplayed in a lot of games only to get all the lucky bounces. Things always even out. Don't be too overly impressed with Team Russia.

A non lockout team Canada will do just fine.
Just like Canada had many bounces go our way or have had some clutch guys like Eberle. Kuvnetsov and Tarasenko have been game changers for the Russians over their latest surge.

I still hope to see a classic Canada Russia gold medal game. Sweden losing Zibinajed, Klefbom and Brodin hurts their chances greatly. USA has top end talent, but after Jones and Trouba on defense, they fall off. Same on forward. After the first line, they lack depth. With Jones and Galchenyuk injured last year, they were in the relegation round. I'm not sure why some people see USA as a legitimate threat. At best, they are fighting for the 4/5 spot with Finland.

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