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02-26-2013, 09:16 AM
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Because the American back-up goaltender looks to be Craig Anderson, who is perhaps better than most teams starters, including ours. (I put him ahead of Miller now. Not sure if that fetches too much of a debate outside of some diehards in Buffalo) They have a fantastic d-corp and 4 strong lines...a real serious team that's leaving Sochi with a medal and maybe, just maybe a gold medal. In a one game run and gun winner takes all, the US is every bit the part of gold medal contender.
I disagree that USA has 4 strong lines, or a fantastic group of defencemen. Very good defencemen, and a lot of very good skaters, but not a long list of Norris contenders. The complete lack of elite players at the most important forward position is an issue too. When it all comes down to it though, the talent is there to beat any other team in a one (or even seven) game scenario.

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