WJC Tournament Predictions
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12-13-2012, 11:35 PM
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Any team can beat any team if things just fall into place. Great goaltending alone can do it in a single game. Based on the rosters, I can honestly say that I'd take Russia 9 times out of 10 to beat USA. Can you say the same for the US, or are you predicting a huge upset. Calling a US win over Russia anything less than an upset is seriously poor evaluation of each squad.
As good as I think Canada will be in a lockout year, Russia is the favorite this year.
They are more veteran, have 9 returning players from a team that lost the Gold medal in OT
, have maybe the two best goalies in the tournament, Yakupov wasn't first overall for nothing and the tournament is on home, international sized ice.
So yes, I think it is bold to not only predict that USA will finish ahead of them, but that then they will also blow the QF in the same year.
The way I see it...
Funny how you're highlighting the fact that Russia has 9 returnees, yet ignoring the fact that Sweden has 6 and would have had 9 if not for the injuries and Ottawa.
Also, while it's 9 players from a team who lost the finals in OT, yet it's 9 players from the team who won 1/4 in OT by an ugly goal against Czechs aswell. They easily could have lost to Czech Republic, they were closer to that than to win the finals.
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