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04-07-2013, 05:30 PM
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Your Pick For Sochi 2014

Who will win? Who gets silver? And who's in the consolation?

And finally, why?

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04-07-2013, 05:35 PM
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Canada
Russia
USA
Sweden

Canada is the defending champions and have an unfair amount of talent up front and a very competitive young back end and Price in net.

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I'll wait until we see if NHLers are going or not before making a prediction.

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04-08-2013, 10:42 AM
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On paper, on the BIG Ice, in Russia...

Canada
Russia
U.S.
Sweden
Finland



On paper, on the BIG Ice, in Korea...

Canada
Sweden
Finland
U.S.
Russia

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04-23-2013, 12:24 PM
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according to some of the usual suspects on here it will be as follows:

Gold - Canada
Silver - Canada
Bronze - Canada


since they can field 6 teams that can medal

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04-23-2013, 12:37 PM
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^^^ I hear you. These threads never end well.

What I want to see happen:
G. Canada
S. U.S.
B. Sweden

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04-23-2013, 02:27 PM
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according to some of the usual suspects on here it will be as follows:

Gold - Canada
Silver - Canada
Bronze - Canada


since they can field 6 teams that can medal
You can't fault them for being honest.

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04-24-2013, 10:40 PM
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1. Russia
2. Canada
3. Sweden
4. USA
5-8 Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia

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I'm pretty sure that the Jamaican Cool Skaters team will take this one. I remember seeing the thread where they were aiming to come to the Sochi games. Watch out!!

Otherwise the Red Machine will be led to the finals by Tikhonov who will have a shift timer while walking in front of his players with a commissar standing by and 22 tickets to Siberia in case they lose. Pretty sure

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04-25-2013, 12:43 AM
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1.Russia
2.Sweden
3.Finland
4.Canada

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04-26-2013, 04:42 PM
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1.Russia
2.Sweden
3.Finland
4.Canada
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so Canada isn't sending NHL players

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04-26-2013, 08:07 PM
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so Canada isn't sending NHL players
For realz... Spinkis must not realize Canada has never failed to medal in Olympic games the NHL has sent players to... oh wait...

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for realz... Spinkis must not realize canada has never failed to medal in olympic games the nhl has sent players to... Oh wait...
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04-27-2013, 10:23 AM
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I like Russia if they can hold up under the pressure of being on home ice. Canada, the U.S., and Sweden have an equal shot, with the Finns and Czechs after that.

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If all their top guys are healthy, I fancy Sweden to win. Canada and Russia will be there or thereabouts as always.

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No doubt Sweden will win. After that it's US due to choosing Pominville both for offensive, complete and PK duties. I guess Canadas depth will peak at the right time and fight out Russia for bronze.
See i'm like that, i rather talk by heart than by paper. I guess both is kinda naive.

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It's going to be Sweden, Russia, Canada or the US. Finland, the Czechs and Swiss could eliminate one of those four in a one off game, but looking at the talent pool those four will put the best twenty odd players on the ice most likely.

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04-30-2013, 02:13 AM
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This is not much to speculate about until we see the actual teams. Of course, if one assume that you got all teams with all top talent then one can speculate. But injuries and strange coaching ideas can do wonders with that assumption.

I think it is fare to see Canada, Russia and Sweden as top candidates for the medals - with the expectations/pressure on Canada and Russia (home ice) to get the gold.

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04-30-2013, 02:36 AM
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i think canada is going to take it again lets face it they got stamkos tavares giroux hall eberle seguin and pieterangelo who all weren't on the team

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04-30-2013, 06:35 AM
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Canada came 7th in the last "Big Ice" Olympics - They will get knocked out in Semi's most likely.

Russia will win over U.S.A or Sweden for the Gold.

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Canada came 7th in the last "Big Ice" Olympics - They will get knocked out in Semi's most likely.

Russia will win over U.S.A or Sweden for the Gold.
Very odd line of reasoning, given Canada won Gold in 2002 on the international ice surface, while Russia hasn't won on either ice surface since NHL players began playing in the Olympics.

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I always find the ice size argument funny.
Only the NHL has standard ice in Canada.
Many players have played on Oly size ice or even smaller than NHL ice for years
If my little province of NB can have 3 Oly size rinks of it's 90 or so rinks (for about 17,000 registered players) and expand that across all of Canada's IIHF reported 2.500 rinks......at some time most players had experience on Oly size ice
I mean to say that on their way to the NHL and many Euro and minor leagues in the progress from Pee-Wee to Bantam to Midget AAA to
Major Jr to Jr A that they have played on a variety of ice sizes. I don't see why it would be a problem


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Canada has to win....imagine Tavares-Crosby-Stamkos on a line together.....that wouldnt even be fair

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Canada has to win....imagine Tavares-Crosby-Stamkos on a line together.....that wouldnt even be fair
Kovalchuk-Malkin-Ovechkin is a better line on paper.

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Offensive firepower isn't everything, not by a long shot.

I'll go Canada over Sweden in the GMG, USA over Russian for the bronze. Being bold as usual.

Love Olympic hockey. Wish it came more than once every 4 years.

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