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Is Norway For Real?

View Poll Results: How do you see Norway?
Good team 36 44.44%
Average team 19 23.46%
Underated 8 9.88%
Getting Lucky (over-achieving) 18 22.22%
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05-15-2012, 05:43 PM
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Norway sucks. Russia - Norway. 10-0.

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05-15-2012, 05:50 PM
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Norway sucks. Russia - Norway. 10-0.

Haha

Denmark had 6 NHL-professionals and still was overrun by Norway. We did not even had 2 of our best players (Zuccarello and Holtet) in the 6-2 game

Too bad we cant use Byfuglien (Dustin). He has a norwegian passport and norwegian mother.


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05-15-2012, 05:51 PM
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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.

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05-15-2012, 05:56 PM
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Norway sucks. Russia - Norway. 10-0.

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05-15-2012, 06:04 PM
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The team has a lot of 20 somethings who are playing good roles in primarily SEL clubs. These guys have been in the trenches and are bringing that into the team.

To top it off, this group knows each other well and the guys are familiar with each other and have some long matured chemistry.

I can't see them beating Russia.

It would be a monumental upset.

But they are without a doubt a top 8 nation at the moment. They've spent two WCs proving that. They've jumped over Demark, Germany and Latvia, perhaps even Switzerland.

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05-15-2012, 07:16 PM
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Love to see that SEL is doing good to our neighbor

Hoping for a good game vs the Russians, but a win? na sorry. ;P

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05-15-2012, 08:39 PM
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I wonder if Russia's new coach Biljaletdinov is going to be fired immediately if they lose to Norway?

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05-15-2012, 09:24 PM
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The "Big 7" is 31-0 against "the Rest" this year. I don't see that changing on Thurday.

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05-15-2012, 11:57 PM
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I wonder if Russia's new coach Biljaletdinov is going to be fired immediately if they lose to Norway?
haha. I'd really want to see that, because right now Russians seem to be really into him.

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05-16-2012, 12:27 AM
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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.

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05-16-2012, 01:31 AM
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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.

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05-16-2012, 03:13 AM
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Haha

Denmark had 6 NHL-professionals and still was overrun by Norway. We did not even had 2 of our best players (Zuccarello and Holtet) in the 6-2 game

Too bad we cant use Byfuglien (Dustin). He has a norwegian passport and norwegian mother.
make that 4, but still well played.

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05-16-2012, 03:26 AM
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Norway has something special going on and can shine sometimes. But they have a long way before they can be considered a good team. Good teams doesnt loose 10 - 0.

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05-16-2012, 03:36 AM
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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.

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05-16-2012, 04:38 AM
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Chose the last option but I don't think they're beeing lucky as much as they are over-achieving.

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05-16-2012, 07:42 AM
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Great to see Norway doing so well in international hockey. I have family in Norway so I've always liked following their national team.

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05-16-2012, 08:41 AM
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Yeah, Germany was "for real" two years ago. One good tournament doesn't say anything.
However, Norway is strong this year, it will be a good game.

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05-16-2012, 08:58 AM
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Would they've been in the QF in Helsinki group where the fight for it was between

Canada
USA
Finland
Slovakia
Swiss
France


Swiss and France played great this year..
Swiszerland was bad this year compared to how well they usually play.

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05-16-2012, 09:14 AM
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So Norwegians, how big of a deal is the current tournament in Norway? Will the quarterfinal tomorrow garner a lot of TV viewership?

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05-16-2012, 10:09 AM
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So Norwegians, how big of a deal is the current tournament in Norway? Will the quarterfinal tomorrow garner a lot of TV viewership?
Its getting alot of attention, but the TV ratings will be low because tomorrow is our independence day, so everybody will be outside watching the parades!

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05-16-2012, 11:40 AM
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...but the TV ratings will be low because tomorrow is our independence day, so everybody will be outside watching the parades!
Not everybody. Tomorrow it's hockey all day for me, starting with Can-SVK.

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05-16-2012, 12:25 PM
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Haha !

Good one

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05-16-2012, 12:59 PM
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A Russian Brown bear against Norwegian Polar bear... This makes me just a little nervous for tomorrow... Hopefully we'll put up a good fight anyway.


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05-16-2012, 01:12 PM
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Norway won't beat Russia, but I do believe this awesome WHC is another brick into the wall that is Norwegian hockey. Every time they qualify for the QF's, they're building it stronger and stronger.

I'd absolutely love if they could pull off the upset. If they were playing Finland, Slovakia, the Czechs, Canada or the USA, I honestly think they could, but Russia is just too good.

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05-16-2012, 04:39 PM
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Its getting alot of attention, but the TV ratings will be low because tomorrow is our independence day, so everybody will be outside watching the parades!
Even in NYC there's a parade, with flags and bunads. Then vafler and hot dogs

But for me it's all about watching hockey, 12 hours of
My girl's gonna kill me..

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