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12-06-2012, 12:02 AM
Rabid Ranger
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Originally Posted by Nash View Post
Really?!? Russia has 9 returning players, even with Naumenkov injured. Sweden is a young team and USA is coming off of relegation last year. I'd be beyond shocked if Russia didn't get at least a Bronze at home with this veteran, talented roster, especially with Vasilevski and Markov in net. If anything, I think they might even be a favorite over Canada. Returning best goalie from last year. Solid, talented depth on forward. Good defense. Plus it is on home soil on international ice.
The struggles of the U.S. last year means nothing. Only three players return, and one them (Gibson) wasn't a featured performer. I agree that Russia might actually be the favorite-as the event is on home ice and the international ice surface.

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