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02-20-2013, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Burke the Legend View Post
Please, are we seriously gonna pretend Austria or Italy has a chance against teams full of NHL all stars just cuz they managed to scrape together more IIHF fairy points against other C-level teams? Germany has a team of NHLers and borderline NHLers of course they will put up a decent game against Canada/USA/Russia/Sweden while Austria will lose 12-0.
It doesn't matter. In soccer for example every nation has the chance to qualify for the world championship, no matter how small and unimportant: Andorra, Belize, Tuvalu... And that's the only way to go if (if...) you want Europeans to accept the tournament as a legit international competition.

BTW Italy defeated Germany and Austria held Germany to a draw after 60 minutes, so their "IIHF fairy points" were won in direct competition against Germany.

Originally Posted by Burke the Legend View Post
So what it can be an evening game is Russia will air at Matinee times in Canada?
Arithmetics. 14:00 in Vancouver = 17:00 in Toronto = 23:00 in Stockholm = 1:00 in Moscow. The game will have to air at forenoon and noon in Canada. I'm fine with that. But is the NHL?

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