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Group B • Dec. 28 • Russia 2, United States 1

View Poll Results: Who wins?
Russia in regulation 78 36.97%
Russia in OT/shootout 13 6.16%
U.S. in regulation 92 43.60%
U.S. in OT/shootout 28 13.27%
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12-27-2012, 04:00 PM
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Sure Grigerenko or Yakupov vs Galchenyuk is a good headline story, but there are others. Vasilevski vs Gibson is a big one. Also, who brings the physicality and makes the bigger impact...Jones and Trouba or Yarullin and Mironov?

Kucherov doesn't get much attention in North America, but he and Grigerenko are the key offensive cogs to me for Russia over Nail.

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12-27-2012, 04:02 PM
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Yakupov was a no show in the Slovak game. Grigo has good passing skills but the guy who can pull off the moves and is quickest is Kucherov. If there is a game breaker on the team - its him. He made 3 beautiful rushes in game 1, just didn't finish. Kucherov and Koklachyov are the quickest with the best scoring ability IMO on the team... We'll see.
You beat me to my post on Kucherov, but I agree with you. Koko is great too.

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12-27-2012, 04:07 PM
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So is Vasilevski being given the number one job?

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12-27-2012, 04:08 PM
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So is Vasilevski being given the number one job?
I would think so. USA's a big match up. Gotta go with what works best.

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sigarev with a great game tomorrow. i love this guy

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12-27-2012, 04:28 PM
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I'm not sure how much you can gauge about the U.S. team from the game against Germany. I will say the U.S. looked fresh, poised, and hungry. If they can bring that same energy against Russia and can be a tad more disciplined I think they have a good chance.

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12-27-2012, 04:33 PM
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USA wins 5-4. Hartman and Gostisbehere with big goals in the 3rd to win it.

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12-27-2012, 04:45 PM
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Too much being made of the opening games. The US played one of the weakest teams after they had just played Canada. Russia was caught napping like they are prone to do against an organized and motivated opponent.

This will be a very difficult game for the US.

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12-27-2012, 04:46 PM
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1 game..
They played together in the preliminary game against Finland, and looked terrible in that game too.

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12-27-2012, 04:49 PM
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Yakupov and Galchenyuk are both going to want to play well against each other so theyll both play terrible! ha usa 5-1

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Too much being made of the opening games. The US played one of the weakest teams after they had just played Canada. Russia was caught napping like they are prone to do against an organized and motivated opponent.

This will be a very difficult game for the US.
Agreed. The Miller line is still a huge question mark for me in this tournament. Galchenyuk's line can stake you an easy victory against lessor opponents, but against the big 2 in this group, everyone needs to be firing.

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I don't like making predictions, but I expect the Russians to come out and be motivated to beat us, but if we can somehow get the Gaudreau-Miller-Grimaldi line clicking then I like our chances against the Russians.

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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Yakupov and Galchenyuk are both going to want to play well against each other so theyll both play terrible! ha usa 5-1
Not sure how that trade off favors the US.

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12-27-2012, 05:09 PM
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Another key is for the US to not take too many penalties, because if we take too many penalties like today, the Russians will probably bury many of the chances they get.

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12-27-2012, 05:14 PM
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I'm not sure how much you can gauge about the U.S. team from the game against Germany. I will say the U.S. looked fresh, poised, and hungry. If they can bring that same energy against Russia and can be a tad more disciplined I think they have a good chance.
Germany will be relegated this year, meaning that next year they will play against teams like France, Holland and Israel.

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12-27-2012, 05:16 PM
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I'm taking the Americans, say 6-4, empty net goal. Should be a great, fast-paced game. Discipline will be key. If one team beats a well worn path to the sin bin, they will be in big trouble.

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12-27-2012, 05:24 PM
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The Americans and Russians haven't played since '08 so I'm really looking forward to this game the most. I expect a goaltending duel.

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12-27-2012, 05:36 PM
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Will the animosity that USA and Russia had in Grand Forks return? USA was pretty heated at the Russian goal celebrations in that quarterfinal, if I recall correctly.

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12-27-2012, 05:39 PM
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Russia looked really weak against Slovakia. USA should win this with ease based on their performances.

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12-27-2012, 05:43 PM
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Russia looked really weak against Slovakia. USA should win this with ease based on their performances.
Slovakia>>>>>>>> Germany

So I'm not sure that's a fair comparison. Especially with the pressure on Russia at home.

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12-27-2012, 05:46 PM
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Slovakia>>>>>>>> Germany

So I'm not sure that's a fair comparison. Especially with the pressure on Russia at home.
Slovakia and Germany isn't a fair comparison, you're right, but Russia should be beating teams like Slovakia a lot easier. 2-1 isn't good enough for a team like that. That's not to put Slovakia down though.

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12-27-2012, 06:14 PM
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Absolutely psyked for this.

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12-27-2012, 06:15 PM
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Slovakia and Germany isn't a fair comparison, you're right, but Russia should be beating teams like Slovakia a lot easier. 2-1 isn't good enough for a team like that. That's not to put Slovakia down though.
Well the way I see it is Canada dominated Germany as well and I expect a close game between Slovakia and Canada so I don't think the first game for both Russia and the US is much to go on

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Russia 3-2.

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