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01-07-2014, 10:00 AM
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Who will win gold?

So, first off, hello! I'm new!

Anyways, Roughly a month left till' the Olympics, and I seriously can't wait. Every roster I've seen so far looks pretty good and it will be really fun to watch the teams play. Which teams will go to the gold medal game?

My bet is Sweden vs Canada in the finals, and Canada will win gold. Well, we shall see!

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01-07-2014, 10:01 AM
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Hello. Finland will win just like they did in Sunday.

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Hello. Finland will win just like they did in Sunday.
Yeah but Canada did not win, therefore it doesn't mean anything.

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Hello. I too think Finland will win.

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01-07-2014, 10:20 AM
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Going by roster the Top 3 favourites are by far Canada, Russia and Sweden in no particular order. However, in tournaments like these anything can happen. Finland's chance rest sorely on outstanding goaltending. If that fails, we are not going very far. If goaltending is as awesome as I expect from Rask, I can see Finland making the finals.

My official bet: Russia will win gold despite it's ridiculous pressure and after questionable officiating in the gold medal game against Canada.

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take a look at the Canadian roster-- they will not make the final four

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Russia or Sweden. My bet is Sweden.

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01-07-2014, 10:36 AM
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Sweden, Canada or Russia.

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take a look at the Canadian roster-- they will not make the final four
I did and it looks incredible. Definitely my pick for gold big ice or not. The depth is just absurd.

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A rematch of 2006 with the opposite final score.
The only difference being we'll let in less goals in
the tournament than in Torino

Maybe the RUS could make Sotchi a SWE town
just for the final, as SWE can't beat FIN in a
final if it's played on their home territory...

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Sweden, Canada or Russia.
Are you sure you don't wanna add USA to have about 80% chance of being right?

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I dont want to be a dick..but it feels good...something in the air...Sweden will take it. Great roster choice by Mårts.

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Sweden! Heard they already planed the victory party

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Sweden! Heard they already planed the victory party
Don't forget the golden helmets so we
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Sweden is my pick.

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Canada. When they do, I'm going to bump all the "Canada is declining" threads.

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Canada. When they do, I'm going to bump all the "Canada is declining" threads.
And if they don't, I'm gonna bump them just to remind everyone.

No pressure, Canada. No pressure.

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Going by roster the Top 3 favourites are by far Canada, Russia and Sweden in no particular order. However, in tournaments like these anything can happen. Finland's chance rest sorely on outstanding goaltending. If that fails, we are not going very far. If goaltending is as awesome as I expect from Rask, I can see Finland making the finals.

My official bet: Russia will win gold despite it's ridiculous pressure and after questionable officiating in the gold medal game against Canada.
Russia is very top heavy. Not that impressed with the depth of this team. And the Swedish defense is ok and Lundqvist has been anything but world class this year. It comes down to Finland, Canada and the U.S.

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A rematch of 2006 with the opposite final score.
The only difference being we'll let in less goals in
the tournament than in Torino

Maybe the RUS could make Sotchi a SWE town
just for the final, as SWE can't beat FIN in a
final if it's played on their home territory...

I reckon we would win if we met you in the finals.

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I did and it looks incredible. Definitely my pick for gold big ice or not.
So Canada has medalled only once on international sized ice (In the 2002 Olympics held in USA) also being the only best on best tournament without Finland in the medals?

That 2002 roster does look good also though, definitely better than the 2006 one (where Canada was left out of the top 4).

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Canada. When they do, I'm going to bump all the "Canada is declining" threads.
Isn't that kinda stupid though?

Even if Canada was declining (which I don't see) they are still the strongest contenders.. Decline is relative to your peak.

Bumping threads where it has been discussed for and against if Canada wins.. stupid.

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I'm shocked, shocked - does anyone have smelling salts??? Stop the presses, my god - Finland actually has a weak team on paper! This can't be good!

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Finland will win. I can't come up with any argument why but that's just how it will go.

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Honestly all the other rosters look underwhelming besides Canadas. Obviously big ice is different but there's 4-5 guys on every non-Canadian roster that are incapable of playing a big role in the NHL/KHL let alone best on best. Game is played on ice though not on lineups.

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