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12-06-2012, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Rabid Ranger View Post
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.
In no way do I see USA finishing in the bottom four again. I just think that Sweden, USA, Finland and Czech all have pretty good teams this year, but that Russia and Canada have both more depth and better top end talent. Each of the four second tier teams has weaknesses, but whoever comes together best as a team should win Bronze. No offense to USA, but I'd love to see Finland or Czech medal again. It's been a while. Czechs played really well as a team and almost knocked out Russia last year. I'm just happy to see a resurgence in competing nations.

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