Canada vs. Sweden, always great and entertaining games. Questionable reffing, some dirty plays here and there, some fluke goals.. and in general very tight games. I look very much forward to this one, although I would be surprised if Sweden would get passed Team Canada.
For Sweden i would like to see...
...Jonas Gustavsson with another big game
...Johnny Oduya with a huge open-ice-hit
...Linus Omark showing off his skills against some high calibre NHL defensemen
...Johan Åkerman not playing
Whats the odds for Sweden ending up with a "honerable loss"? 1 to 1.01...
This is Canada's game to loose for sure. They just need to do what they always do and they will win easy. Sweden will stand up, be the better team for stretches, not by a big margin, but they will carry the play at times. But in the end, Canada will be stronger infront of both nets, they'll pull some games and get energy off that. They have a better PK and PP.
A win would be awsome, but I don't have much hope.
As much as I'm tired of 4th places I think this the fate for this team too. Canada will win tomorrow and BÅG has a hard time motivating his teams for the bronze games.
We can't expect Jonas Gustavsson to be as lucky as he was against the Czechs. Sure he's a good goalie, but the Czechs had pucks bouncing off posts and crossbars and had plenty of other near-misses that could easily have been goals. Canada will be better around the net and will put a few of those rebounds in the net.
Should be a good game, if the refs don't spoil it.
As a nation Canada got more depth then Sweden. With that said, Sweden gets more hurt with many good swedes still playing in the playoff. I cheer for the Canucks, so I want them in the play off. But just half of the swedes of the Wings and the Canucks in the WC would make a whole different team.
I think this is probably close enough that a lucky bounce or two may determine the game one way or the other.
The one thing I am sure of is that there will be whining about the referees on this board. I know some of my fellow Canucks will do it - they always do - and if some of the Swedes can cry a river about Canada during a game against the Czechs, they are bound to do it during an actual game against Canada also.
Haha, what a sad sight. Every Swede thinks Canada are gonna demolish Sweden (looking much like the Swedish predictions before the Czech game). Strange country we are.
That being said, Canada is naturally the favorite here. I think tomorrows result will depend on Sweden's performance. Canada is definetly gonna bring it so Sweden will have to be at their best and keep that team spirit alive. Win or lose, I don't think Sweden will be a pushover tomorrow. It will be close.
If you look at the individual teams, you cannot predict anything else than a Canadian victory. It's true that Canada haasn't played nearly as well as they could considering just what players they have at their disposial.
Goaltending is the only factor that can save the Swedes.