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07-26-2013, 11:07 AM
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Predict the Sochi 2014 top 3

I'm not sure if this has been done or if it's to early but which three teams do think will be on the podium in Sochi 2014? Some camp rosters have been released and we can start thinking about how the teams will look like.

Here's my prediction:

Gold: Sweden
Silver: Russia
Bronze: Finland


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07-26-2013, 11:09 AM
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Gold: Canada
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07-26-2013, 11:09 AM
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Gold - Canada
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Gold: Finland
Silver: Czech Republic
Bronze: Russia

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Gold: Canada
Silver: Russia
Bronze: USA
This is mine too. But honestly its such a toss up between these 3 and Sweden. And it wouldn't surprise me to see one of Finland/Slovakia to go on a run into the top 4 either.

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G Canada
S Sweden
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G - Sweden
S - Canada
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Swiss nation would be going crazy! My predictions will be more based on Canada not having a good track record on international ice and losing out in the quarters.

G - Sweden
S - USA
B - Russia

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Gold: No doubt Sweden. I always believe we will win, although every fact points to the chance being 20 percent.
Silver: Canada. One would have to be an idiot to put money on anyone else, like i do with Sweden.
Bronze: Russia. I think they have learnt from their mistakes and is probably Canadas biggest rival here, not Sweden. They play a coherent game through the Euro Hockey Tour(KHL really), and every russian player that loses in the NHL comes to the WC straight away. They know how their team plays. I just cant put them over Canada, who always gets stronger and stronger the further the tournament goes and they are just so complete through their depth.

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Gold: Finland
Silver: Russia
Bronze: USA

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Swiss nation would be going crazy! My predictions will be more based on Canada not having a good track record on international ice and losing out in the quarters.

G - Sweden
S - USA
B - Russia
I agree about Canada but why do you have USA in your top 3? USA's track record outside NA is even worse. Their last medal was won in 1972. Their last medal in Europe is from 1956.

I don't understand why so many people pick USA in top 3 instead for Sweden.

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I agree about Canada but why do you have USA in your top 3? USA's track record outside NA is even worse. Their last medal was won in 1972. Their last medal in Europe is from 1956.

I don't understand why so many people pick USA in top 3 instead for Sweden.
They won silver in 2002 though, in Salt Lake City but lets not fool ourselves that it was the home court that had the biggest part in that. They did it on big ice, and was a very good team although the final really showed that that generation was past its prime.

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I agree about Canada but why do you have USA in your top 3? USA's track record outside NA is even worse. Their last medal was won in 1972. Their last medal in Europe is from 1956.

I don't understand why so many people pick USA in top 3 instead for Sweden.
They will be big, fast, young, energetic and skilled. And they have elite goaltending. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Silver: Sweden
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W-OTW-OTL-L
Group A:
1) Russia 2-1-0-0 8
2) USA 2-0-1-0 7
3) Slovakia 1-0-0-2 3
4) Slovenia 0-0-0-3 0

Group B
1) Canada 2-1-0-0 8
2) Finland 2-0-1-0 7
3) Austria 0-1-0-2 2
4) Norway 0-0-1-2 1

Group C
1) Sweden 3-0-0-0 9
2) Czech 1-1-0-1 5
3) Switzerland 1-0-1-1 4
4) Latvia 0-0-0-3 0

Sweden
Canada
Russia
Finland

USA
Czech
Switzerland
Slovakia
Austria
Norway
Slovenia
Latvia

USA vs Latvia - USA
Czech vs Slovenia - Czech
Switzerland vs Norway - Switzerland
Slovakia vs Austria - Slovakia


Sweden vs Slovakia - Sweden
Canada vs Swiss - Canada
Russia vs Czech - Russia
Finland vs USA - USA


USA vs Sweden - Sweden
Russia vs Canada - Canada

BRONZE -
USA vs RUSSIA - USA

CHAMPION
Sweden vs Canada - Canada

GOLD: Canada
SILVER: SWEDEN
BRONZE- USA


Line up of the tournament

MVP - Roberto Luongo (I think he stands on his head. Then again if things can change for me if he leaves Vancouver which I dont think he does this year)
Best D-man - Drew Doughty
Best Forward- Daniel Sedin


All star team

G - Roberto Luongo
D - Drew Doughty
D - Erik Karlsson
F - Sidney Crosby
F - Daniel Sedin
F - Patrick Kane

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They will be big, fast, young, energetic and skilled. And they have elite goaltending. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
Listen, I think Sweden is underrated. I think people are forgetting that its big ice with Erik Karlsson, Sedins, Lou Eriksson, OEL and Backstrom and others.

I think guys like Hagelin will shine for them.



But why are you underrating USA? They will be going into the tournament with a stronger team. They had the youngest team in 2010 and they went to silver. They were #1 in that tournament up until the Gold medal game and it was 1 goal away from one of the best line ups Canada can ever produce.


They will bring back most of that team and the list of replacements is a long list of better talented players than we had in 2010. On defense, goaltending and offense.

We have size. We have speed. We Have goaltending.
You have Lundqvist. But we have Quick. And beyond Henrik, its questionable. Beyond Quick, we have Miller and Howard and Anderson.

On our defense. We are very well comparable. With Sweden getting slight edge because they have Karlsson.

Our forwards are pretty much equal. The one thing I like about our forwards over Swedes is that were more versatile. I believe we have more assets to our attack. We have role players who I know we can trust in the final 2 minutes of a game to finish it. Or to keep a strong penalty killing going.

Idk how much Sweden has that. No one on Sweden compares to USA in penalty killing, and those special situations. And I believe even in faceoffs we are slightly better.

So be cafeful of us

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They won silver in 2002 though, in Salt Lake City but lets not fool ourselves that it was the home court that had the biggest part in that. They did it on big ice, and was a very good team although the final really showed that that generation was past its prime.
1) In 2010 we were the youngest team in the tournament and were #1 team leading up to the Gold match where we were 1 goal away from winning and beating one of the best teams Canada could probably send. Our new generation of US players are probably the best group of talent we have ever had.

2) Our blueprint is far smarter. Its really no secret to success. We just stopped thinking we could put out the best 12 forwards, the best 6 d-men, and the the best goalie and expect to win games against teams like Sweden, Czech, Finland or worse... Russia and Canada. We started to minimize the amount of great talents and started focusing a bit more on necessary skills.
We started seeing more importance in guys who have a habit of backchecking, who have a skill in forechecking, who are elite at faceoffs, who love to shut down the opposition. We put in hard working athletes and mixed it in with our top end skill and we have a great thing going. A lot of promise

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1. Canada
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3. Sweden

MVP ? .. well, I'd say Bergeron / Crosby / St.Louis...

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