The Hockey News (for what its worth) picks Russia for Gold
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01-21-2014, 07:39 PM
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Just got my issue today. Russia wins gold and Canada wins silver.
Not sure I buy that, because Russia hasn't won a best-on-best competition in 33 years.
I think they are figuring that home-ice advantage and a little (ahem) motivation from Putin to put Russia on the map will go a long ways. Throw in Ovechkin's mission to play for his country as well.
I couldn't find a link on it so you'll just have to take my word that this is there choice until you see the magazine.
I can't imagine a team like Canada having any difficulty with that defense though. Their forwards should be able to keep the puck away from them rather easily. I guess the only hopes Russia has is that their top flight talent (Malkin, Ovechkin, Datstyuk, Kovalchuk) take the bull by the horns and play insane hockey, because they certainly aren't the deepest team in this tournament. Neither of those 4 played well in 2010 either. Maybe things will change with home ice, we'll see.
Russia should be proud of a top 5 finish. They are not getting a sniff at gold though.
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