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what can team usa do in the olympics, really?

View Poll Results: what can team usa do in the olympics, really?
win a few games [vs switzerland and norway] 5 6.33%
sweep the group with a heavy fall directly thereafter 1 1.27%
make some good plays, score some pretty goals 3 3.80%
top 5 11 13.92%
top 4 17 21.52%
top 3 22 27.85%
top 2 6 7.59%
provide a disney like miracle on ice scenario 14 17.72%
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04-03-2009, 06:09 PM
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Kessel-Stastny-Parise
Ryan-Connolly-Kane
Brown-Kesler-Malone
Booth-Pavelski-Backes/Langenbrunner

Rafalski-Komisarek
Ballard-Whitney
Martin-Suter
Orpik/Bogo

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If the goaltending plays well this team CAN beat anyone the talent is there

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04-03-2009, 06:56 PM
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Stasny and brown should be on the team w/o a doubt.

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04-04-2009, 05:37 AM
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Stasny and brown should be on the team w/o a doubt.
yan stastny? ... he has to show a little more i guess

paul stastny is canadian

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04-04-2009, 05:49 AM
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yan stastny? ... he has to show a little more i guess

paul stastny is canadian


He has duel citizenship and has played for the US in the past. He'll be rocking the US of A jersey next year.

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04-04-2009, 06:17 AM
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I think they can do alot.

Guys like Parise, Backes, Brown are all guys that will hit you, fish out a puck and then score. Kesler is a pest too. I would not call Malone, or maybe Okposo soft either.

Get Kessel or Kane in the open and they can change a game in a few strides.

Martin and Suter are very calm and steady d men. Ballard is a gritty throw back hip checker. EJ and JJ are both very solid.

Its a nice team. Not of superstars but it has a nice balance to it.

All you need is a few great saves. And a lucky bounce.

I expect them to finish in 4th. I would not be shocked if they won it all.

Stastny-Parise-Kane
Kesler- Kessel- Backes
Connolly- Brown- Ryan
Pavelski- Booth- Malone
Okposo or Oshie

Martin- Suter
Johnson Boys
Komisarek- Ballard

No Langenbrunner and Rafalski. A young group of guys that does not know they should loose can be more dangerous over a short time.

A Kesler- Oshie- Brown line. Could be very fun to watch.

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04-04-2009, 08:14 AM
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Definitely the grittiest team in the tournament. I can certainly see them grinding down a finesse team like Russia and pulling off an upset.

I still think Canada will win it all, though. Home ice, most depth. I don't see how the DON'T win it. If the lose, Canada itself may implode.

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04-04-2009, 08:18 AM
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With Ron Wilson as coach, they will probably finish first in their group, then be leading Slovakia 4-2 in the third period of their first medal round game, blow the lead, and lose the game 5-4 and get eliminated.

At least that is what happened to the Wilson Sharks each year.

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04-04-2009, 09:05 AM
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You know, you're right! I've never seen or played hockey before in my life. What am I doing on this forum? Where is the High School Musical forum? Where am I? How do I use this? This isn't the oven...

Seriously though, those 'plays' are pretty retarded and just sounds like a 2 year old banging around on some pots and pans.
eh ... why are you so intimidated? , i hope i didn't hurt your feelings, it wasn't my intent

if you're a player you may even have done some plays, and even though it takes some skills to make them happen in top level game situations it never hurts to try

team usa has some grit, but also some small players with skills in parise, kane and kessel ... it's a good team

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04-04-2009, 09:59 AM
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They got a heck of a team that's for sure. Still can't see them winning Gold when the Canadian and Russian teams are much stronger.

I see them playing losing to Sweden in the Bronze Medal game.

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1. Russia
2. Canada
3. USA
4. Sweden

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They'll have a good enough team to win gold. Not the best team, but in a single game elimination they can do it for sure.

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Sweden vs Russia for the Gold Medal.

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They'll take the bronze, imo.

Canada takes gold, Russia takes silver.

USA is a good team that's balanced, but Canada and Russia simply have more elite talent than anyone else.

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If you're going to add Langenbrunner to the team (which I think they should, for the Leadership), he has to play on Z Parise's line. The chemistry between the 2 is incredible.

to the person that said rafalski shouldn't be on the team.

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