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12-27-2003, 06:43 PM
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WJC....5 of 6 games are shutouts!!

Ukraine has now pumped in 0 and allowed 18 after being thumped by the Swiss 11 - 0. Austria is hard on their tails with 0 for and 15 against after Sweden dumped them 7 - 0.

Gotta love the IIHF's style. Bring up 2 B teams to give the real teams an extra 2 practices

Game to watch tomorrow. USA vs Slovakia. Russia vs Sweden will be a good one too. It will be interesting to see how good the Russian's really are this year.

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i actually like the IIHF way of doing the world championships.... bring up the 2 best teams from the 'b' championships each year to see if they belong in the 'big show'... how else are the lower teams ever supposed to work their way up the hockey ladder? its the system they use in almost every soccer league in europe and it seems to work pretty well for them

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i actually like the IIHF way of doing the world championships.... bring up the 2 best teams from the 'b' championships each year to see if they belong in the 'big show'... how else are the lower teams ever supposed to work their way up the hockey ladder? its the system they use in almost every soccer league in europe and it seems to work pretty well for them
Maybe they should have a 6 game playoff with the 2 teams they send down to see who belongs back in A? As is, the previous winners go down and two teams that couldn't beat them before go up to get mutilated.

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isnt that exactly what they do? dont the 'b' teams play each other over the year, and from these results the IIHF picks the two teams to move up to the worlds?

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isnt that exactly what they do? dont the 'b' teams play each other over the year, and from these results the IIHF picks the two teams to move up to the worlds?
Nope.

Last year's B winners move up. Last year's A losers move down.

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not a pretty game by canada today but they won nonetheless. crosby is a treat to watch, next year i predict he will be the talk of the tournament.

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Nope.

Last year's B winners move up. Last year's A losers move down.
but isnt that exactly what we're talking about? or are you saying that the 2 lowest finishing teams from 'A' should be pooled into the 'B' tournament and then the winner of THAT tournament should go back to 'A'? that actually would make more sense, since the two lowest teams from 'B' are more than likely the better teams and thusly should have a shot at getting back to 'A' the next year

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The main problem is that they have the qualifying tournament at the wrong time.

For example, last year Ukraine won because they apparantly had some unearthly goaltending, but the kid is too old now... in fact there aren't very many players left over from the Ukraine team.

Lets not forget that the Swiss also used to be poster children for yearly butt whippings too... but they have sort of solidified themselves in the top 8.

They aren't real medal contenders, but they usually do have one or two big upsets and are generally some stiff competition.

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yeah ive been pretty impressed with the advancement in the swiss program over the past few years... it would be nice to see a couple more countries become "respectable" as well, maybe a couple of the former soviet states could pull this off once they get they get "settled"

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