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05-22-2013, 05:38 PM
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1 Norway (awesome depth on Ds)
2 Slovenia (Not one Kopitar, but two :O )
3 Austria (a bunch of NHLrs)
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4 Latvia
5 Switzerland
6 Czech rep
7 Slovakia
8 Canada
9 USA
10 Finland
11 Russia
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12 Sweden (relegated to division 5h)

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05-22-2013, 06:11 PM
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My former opinion:


Gold - USA or Russia, 50/50 - equal chances

Bronze - Sweden

As usually, Canada is going to choke outside of North America (obvious reasons - no help from Don Koharski, mediocre goaltending etc.)


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05-22-2013, 06:16 PM
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Gold: Canada (Best depth team, strong in all positions)
Silver: USA (seem to be well coached)
Bronze: Finland(They're always a force to be reckoned with)

Unfortunately for Russia I think the home ice environment will be a pressure cooker and the players tend to degenerate to individuality when faced with adversity. They're good enough to win/runner up, but probably won't because they aren't cohesive enough. Also, although their forwards are as good or better than the other teams, the defence is not so great and the goaltending is questionable. Nabokov and Bryzgalov are prone to inconsistancy, while Varlamov and Bobrovsky are very young.


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05-22-2013, 07:08 PM
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People list mediocre goaltending as the reason why Canada will not win yet refuse to acknowledge Canada can produce 2 maybe 3 teams worth (8-12) of Cs that are better than anything the US have to offer.

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05-22-2013, 07:09 PM
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Gold: Sweden (good team and man their smooth skating D-men will be so good on big ice)
Silver: Canada (Just look at the roster, will fail in the end against Sweden)
Bronze: Finland (on paper pretty poor compared to the big dogs but like most times will claw their way to a medal)

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05-22-2013, 07:18 PM
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People list mediocre goaltending as the reason why Canada will not win yet refuse to acknowledge Canada can produce 2 maybe 3 teams worth (8-12) of Cs that are better than anything the US have to offer.

Even a super stellar goaltending does not help Canada outside of North America. Remember Roy in '98...Brodeur in '06...

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05-22-2013, 07:28 PM
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People list mediocre goaltending as the reason why Canada will not win yet refuse to acknowledge Canada can produce 2 maybe 3 teams worth (8-12) of Cs that are better than anything the US have to offer.
Goaltending is the great equalizer.

And a team can only play 4 centers, so Cs 5-12 are worthless. It would be like saying the US has 4 goalies better than anything Canada has to offer: true, but inconsequential.

ETA: Sweden is by far the most complete team. They should be the favorites.

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05-22-2013, 07:33 PM
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Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Canada didn't even medal.

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05-22-2013, 07:56 PM
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Gold - USA or Russia, 50/50 - equal chances

Bronze - Sweden

As usually, Canada is going to choke outside of North America (obvious reasons - no help from Don Koharski, mediocre goaltending etc.)
If you are using historical performance outside of NA as a major factor when making your picks you probably want to stay away from the US. Canada has been at best mediocre but the US has been down right awful.

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05-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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Gold-Canada
Silver-US
Bronze- Sweden over Russia

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05-22-2013, 08:22 PM
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Luongo + Goal Support = Gold

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05-22-2013, 08:25 PM
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1 Norway (awesome depth on Ds)
2 Slovenia (Not one Kopitar, but two :O )
3 Austria (a bunch of NHLrs)
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4 Latvia
5 Switzerland
6 Czech rep
7 Slovakia
8 Canada
9 USA
10 Finland
11 Russia
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12 Sweden (relegated to division 5h)
USA with sweden and i think we have it...

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05-23-2013, 05:42 AM
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Gold - USA
Silver - Sweden
Bronze - Russia
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05-23-2013, 06:57 AM
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Sweden for the gold. I think they are solid in all aspects of their game. King Henrik is also the best goaltender in the world right now.

I'm reluctant to pick Canada and not just because of goaltending. Canada has traditionally had difficulty scoring goals on the big ice even with a lot of talent. Hope I am wrong.

Russia? I wouldn't be surprised if they won gold but I just don't trust them. Defense is suspect.

USA has better goaltending than Canada but I don't know if they have enough firepower to get the job done on the big ice.

Czech Republic isn't deep enough. Same with Slovakia.

Switzerland will probably pull off at least one upset but they just don't have enough talent yet.

Finland will put in a solid performance but they are always the bridesmaid and never the bride.


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05-23-2013, 07:07 AM
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Gold - USA or Russia, 50/50 - equal chances

Bronze - Sweden

As usually, Canada is going to choke outside of North America (obvious reasons - no help from Don Koharski, mediocre goaltending etc.)
Don Koharski was a ref in Vancouver?

Anyway the US has never won outside of North America either.

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05-23-2013, 07:23 AM
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05-23-2013, 07:26 AM
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05-23-2013, 08:08 AM
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05-23-2013, 08:34 AM
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Don Koharski was a ref in Vancouver?

Anyway the US has never won outside of North America either.
No he was not in Vancouver. The gold medal game was officiated by McCreary and
O HALLORAN (2 Canadians) but 2 competent, experienced, highly respected NHL referees. Quite frankly if it were to come up in the future, I'd opt for two American NHL referees to work any Can-U.S.A at any future Olympic games, as opposed to any other assortment of IIHF officials they can muster up.

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05-23-2013, 08:38 AM
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Gold - USA
Silver - Russia
Bronze - Sweden

I would love to see Sweden in the finals but I think USA will be too good and Russia too motivated for Sweden to be able to win against either of them but hey, anything can happen when it's just one game.

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05-23-2013, 09:08 AM
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Sweden
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Canada

Crosby, Stamkos, Giroux, and Toews are better centers, than centers in Turin. Center- huge factor in hockey.
Players- play's at best, when it matters.


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05-23-2013, 09:15 AM
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05-23-2013, 09:23 AM
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05-23-2013, 11:45 AM
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I like the U.S' chances to medal. If the goaltending holds to form it will be a very tough team to play against. The U.S. bottom six is going to be as annoying as hell to deal with. My hope is some of the offensive stars take another step in the right direction next year.

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05-23-2013, 05:40 PM
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sedin - sedin - eriksson
zetterberg - backstrom - franzen
hagelin - steen - landeskog
alfredsson - zibanejad - pettersson

lundqvist
fasth
lehner


kronwall - karlsson
edler - enstrom
oel - hedman


I see some of you guys dont have sweden in top 4. this team is better than usa and russia and equal with canada. pettersson!?!?!?!? most hard working player in the world.

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