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02-26-2013, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by KevyD View Post
I heard the ice size was going to be half way between the international and the NHL but I am probably wrong.


Of the Top 30 scorers in the NHL, 20 are Canadian. This team should have no trouble scoring.

Of the Top 30 scorers in the NHL, 1 is American. Makes you wonder why they are considered a gold medal favourite.
The Olympics will be played on international ice, not a "hybrid". Same as SLC in '02 and Torino in '06.

Secondly, that's not a particularly fair (or even relevant) statement. The U.S. was in a similar situation in 2010 (with only Parise and Kane being offensive standouts), but still managed to whip our butts in the round robin and take us to OT in the gold medal game.

While I would have concerns (if I were American) about their ability to leverage their size to their advantage on the international ice surface and their lack of elite playmaking skill at center (though they have some guys coming up like Galchenyuk that may mitigate this), they typically play at a level greater than the sum of their parts and should have superb goaltending, so you should dismiss them as contenders only at your own peril.

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