It depends on what you mean by for real. Norway is definitely well coached, all the players buy into the system and the system works very well and they play with extreme confidence at the moment, in that way they are for real, it isn't just luck that brought them their results. They are definitely playing better than what you would expect by looking at the roster, in that sense you could say they are overachieving.
I expect their journey to end against Russia, there is simply too big of a difference between the two teams. One thing I think has to be mentioned about the team is though, that their shooting% are extremely high, through out the team. Which means that over more games they wouldn't be able to keep up these kind of results.
This is more or less my take on it as well.
I'd give them about a 10-15% chance against Russia. Hopefully the Russians will have a bad day, their stars will struggle to work together and so on. The game playing out on our constitution day can't hurt either, I guess.
It's a good team and a worthy quarterfinalist after some inspiring performances. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and now we are entering a stage where they are thoroughly outclassed.This year was another step forward for Norwegian hockey and I think their worst days as a hockey nation is behind them.
This year was another step forward for Norwegian hockey and I think their worst days as a hockey nation is behind them.
This. They are obviously moving forward and that's what really matters. Russia and the other 'elite' nations are too big for them to swallow right now, but this tournament is not the last one. I sincirely hope Norway will keep up the good stuff they're doing and improve further. I also hope the upcoming QF against the Russians won't be a 'massacre of the innocents' and they'll prove to be worthy opponents.
Don't think we will be anywhere near Russia tbh. We'll probably lose 5-6 to **** all. But it's nice to see that our NT is playing like a team with capital T.
It does warm my heart that sometimes in team sports you can have teams playing above their paygrade simply because they work hard and develop a proper team mentality. The fact that a country with 5 million inhabitants can compete with nations with 80 - 300 million is pretty cool. Which makes Finland and Swedens achivements in hockey even better.
Great to see Norway doing so well in international hockey. I have family in Norway so I've always liked following their national team.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.