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07-06-2012, 09:07 AM
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Does any one see the larger rink in Russia being a problem for team USA? Also will it be a big advantage for team Russia?

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Does any one see the larger rink in Russia being a problem for team USA? Also will it be a big advantage for team Russia?
No, I don't think so. A lot of USA players come out of the NCAA where they play on Olympic size rinks, plus they are all excellent skaters... so I think larger rinks wouldn't be that big of a problem for the Americans.

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I saw a lot of Russian fans who thought the smaller ice in vancouver hurt their team

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I don't see it being a 'problem', but a team USA on big ice won't be as good as a USA on small ice.

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Is that a garuntee by you?

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I'll take that as a no.



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I can't answer your question until you tell me what a garuntee is.

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Meaning you can assure us with 100% certainty the U.S.A will not do as well on big ice as on small.

That is what I mean.


Is this your contention?

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I'll take that as a no also.

Not surprising considering how the last rock solid Russian predictions here on hf before the Vancouver olympics turned out

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Nothing's a given, especially in a short tourney....but generally speaking I'd say USA isn't as good on big ice. It's not rocket science to understand a team generally performs better on a more familiar surface, especially USA.

USA's best v best record since its 'arrival' at the top level of hockey at 1996 World Cup:
Small ice: 13-5-0
Big ice: 6-8-2

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I agree with you in theory.

However, it will be an entirely different team then the ones that have acquired that 6-8 record.

They are young, fast, hungry and posess great goaltending which right now is far superior to what Canada and Russia can throw out there ................let's keep that in mind.

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