They are to you what Finland is to the US (always seem to beat us in the Worlds)
It's good to see from other nations. If Switzerland had some Scoring/ Secondary scoring... they could be scary lol. Their team defence is great and it is really frustrating to watch games between the 2 lol. As i would bet is the cast with u guys and finland haha.
Nowhere for Kronwall to turtle... that's all he's good for, those big physical checks only to turtle right after. You put him in his place he will not take liberties and therefore not be a non factor.
Are you talking about fighting? I dont think that is something for an international tournament. But if your forwards wanna play tough then by all means, just dont plan to get back after that couse we have Hedman, Edler and maybe even OEL there to play some serious Old Time Hockey with you. Maybe we can even have Adam Larsson as our seventh defender, or Douglas Murray.
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last 3 olympics tells the story. 2 of 3 olympics on small ice it is almost a given that Canada wins gold... Large ice is a different story lol.
I still think this is a bit of a fallacy. 2002 was played on Olympic sized ice (both the E-centre and the rink in Provost were retro-fitted for the games) and as we all know, two North American sides made it to the Gold medal game.
I think the International/NA ice advantage/disadvantage is simply over-inflated by the media.
Over the last decade, Canada managed as many medals as Sweden and one fewer than Russia at the IHWC, despite having played only one tournament during that time on NHL sized ice.
And at the last two World Juniors. 2013 in Russia is won by the USA and 2012 in Alberta is won by Sweden. Can we really say that the size of the rink was the deciding factor?
Numbers are from last season and yes points is not all, etc, etc.
Originally Posted by Jordan Godberle
Points are not everything to ones game.
I give you grade A in reading comprehension but you didn't add much in your response.
If the example says something it is that you have to go after other things than production to state that Canada got such better D in 2014 than what is stated so boldly in this thread. I give Canada an edge now and last year, but we'll see in Sochi.
Not impressed by the goaltending at all and if you think Canada is going to dominate than your in for a big surprise. I guess you havent watched how hockey is evolving. Gone are the days of dominance by a single country.
It's easily the best team on paper and probably the best team Canada has iced since '02. That being said, one bad game is the difference between gold and bronze. Two bad games can get you out of the medal picture entirely.
It'll largely be a crapshoot of who can gel the quickest. I love the Olympics, but they don't even touch the playoffs for determining the best team.