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#1 Pablo

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Team Sweden.


Daniel-Henrik-Alfredson
Zetterberg-Backstrom-Eriksson
Landeskog-Johassen-Franzen
Steen-Berglund-Stalberg



Edler-Karlsson
Enstrom-Kronwall
Ekman Larsson-Hedmen


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That is a dangerous looking squad. Personally I think if anyone is gonna beat Team Canada it will be Team USA or Team Sweden.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk...Russia is gonna be an unreal squad.

Not to mention they're on home soil (ice).
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

The Russians will be looking for revenge after getting their asses handed to them by team Canada in 2010.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Alfredsson? I don't think so.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

Sweden probably has one of the better defences and goaltenders, fast defenders and good puck movers excel on that open ice.

However Russia looks pretty good too up front, and Canada's defence and goaltending is a bit worse than in past years. No real grey beard on the blueline anymore, and Price is not quite the big-game-goalie that Brodeur and Luongo were.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:50 PM

I like the Swedes better in their own end. The Russians are going to have to try and outscore their mistakes, not an easy thing on the bigger ice surface.

I think Canada's best chance is to go with a young, fast team. The defense should be solid, but I'm a bit worried about goaltending...
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

Don't count out the USA or Finland...they have the best and deepest goaltending in the tournament IMO, and they're both feisty teams with huge chips on their shoulders. That'll get you far.

I still think, despite some question marks, that we're the squad to beat , and Price will step up big and cement himself as one of the top goalies in the world.


No real grey beard on the blueline anymore, and Price is not quite the big-game-goalie that Brodeur and Luongo were.


Carey Price won gold and tournament MVP at the World Juniors, then later that year led the Hab's AHL affiliate to the Calder Cup and was the youngest ever AHL playoff MVP. Luongo didn't win any championship or MVP honours (as a starter) until he won Olympic gold at the age of 30.

Don't get the Price haters/doubters on CDC...the guy's the best young goalie in the league and it won't be long before he's winning Vezinas. He just needs to be on a less mediocre team (much like Roberto did).

Edited by Witchcraft and Sedinery, 11 February 2013 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

The Russian team

Ovechkin-Malkin-Kovalchuck
Semin-Datsyuk-Yakupov
Tarasenko-Anisimov-Kulemin


Markov-Kulikov
Volchenkov-Gonchar
Tyutin-Voynov

Bryzgalov
Varlamov

They can score but not the greatest depth and defence
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

Team Canada can be their own worst enemy sometimes, can they pick the right players and can they come together and gel. As for other teams it's so hard to say when single games mean so much. I would think Sweden probably won't have back to back bad olympics so they are probably a pretty good guess at this point.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Team Canada can be their own worst enemy sometimes, can they pick the right players and can they come together and gel. As for other teams it's so hard to say when single games mean so much. I would think Sweden probably won't have back to back bad olympics so they are probably a pretty good guess at this point.


Don't forget the international ice size. Teams like Sweden and the Czech Republic seem to thrive on this surface, while it gives Canada and the US trouble...
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

Team Canada V2... If only. But honestly this is stacked:
Stamkos - Crosby - Neal
Benn - Giroux - Nash
Tavares - Toews - Perry
J .Staal - E. Staal - Eberle

Letang - Weber
Doughty - Pietrangelo
Keith - Seabrook

Price
Ward
Luongo


Biggest competition will probably be Russia, if their goal scoring gets clicking, if not USA.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

Don't forget the international ice size. Teams like Sweden and the Czech Republic seem to thrive on this surface, while it gives Canada and the US trouble...


I completely agree. Even the US is better off then Canada since they have more guys that play American college of which many teams play on bigger ice.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

Team Canada V2... If only. But honestly this is stacked:
Stamkos - Crosby - Neal
Benn - Giroux - Nash
Tavares - Toews - Perry
J .Staal - E. Staal - Eberle

Letang - Weber
Doughty - Pietrangelo
Keith - Seabrook

Price
Ward
Luongo


Biggest competition will probably be Russia, if their goal scoring gets clicking, if not USA.


Not liking the way those bottom lines are working. The best national teams have always had guys who could play at a high level but were effective in a 3rd or 4th line role.

Stamkos - Crosby - Neal
Benn - Giroux - Nash
E. Kane- Getzlaf- Perry (good physical line)
M. Richards-Toews-J. Staal (shut down line)
Coutourier

Letang - Weber
Doughty - Pietrangelo
Keith - Seabrook

Price
Ward
Luongo

Edited by Number14, 11 February 2013 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

Ourselves, it's ours to lose.... as usual
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Stamkos - Crosby - Eberle
Neal - Tavares - Giroux
Benn - Toews - Perry
Nash - Bergeron - Getzlaf

Letang - Weber
Doughty - Pietrangelo
Keith - Seabrook

Price
Luongo/Ward
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:27 PM

Not liking the way those bottom lines are working. The best national teams have always had guys who could play at a high level but were effective in a 3rd or 4th line role.


Burrows?? :bigblush:
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

Burrows?? :bigblush:


Not out of the question; I'd probably pick him next after Coutourier. Could definitely make the team if any of those guys are hurt.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

Don't rule out the Czechs

Michalek - Krejci - Jagr
Elias - Plekanec - Vrbata
Havlat - Fleischmann - Hemsky
Hudler - Prospal - Erat
Voracek/Hejduk

Zidlicky - Michalek
Kuba - Hejda
Smid - Kaberle
Polak/Rozsival

Pavalec
Vokoun
Neuvirth
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:51 PM

What about hall eberle or nugent Hopkins. Those three guys In a couple years will be gems
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:04 AM

Carey Price is aight, but 'better team' doesn't = better goalie stats. While Montreal can blow offensively, in their big playoff run with Halak, they were fantastic at collapsing and blocking shots and clearing the puck. They were very good defensively, because they were mediocre offensively. They did what they had to do.

Look at whatever team Ken Hitchcock is on. St. Louis plays some of the most ugly, hardcore defensive hockey you'll ever see. And their goalies THRIVE on it. He also did the same for Leclaire and Mason before he left Columbus.

You can't rank a goalie against another goalie without giving a fair look at their teams. Even Schneider and Luongo ranked against Rinne, Quick, and Lundqvist last year. New York traps, Nashville had big body defensemen and played very stingy. Quick was behind a solid defense that were also very stingy. Big bodies to clear the net. Thomas has Chara. Chara = lolnonetpresence. Thomas can afford to be aggressive because you aren't getting near the rebound with someone like Chara there.

Luongo however, did benefit from Vancouver the first year he got here. Vancouver trapped like hell, and played very defensive. And he looked like god. But since then, they've activated their defense to try and get more goals. We honestly suck defensively, and both of our goalies have to be great to survive the random odd man rushes or glorious scoring chances off the rush. Good team does not = good defense. You can compare Luongo when he was on Florida because his team literally did blow and he was awesome. Montreal does not suck defensively, they block a lot and collapse well most of the time.

Besides, Team Canada's recent history for goalies says since he won and played last, it'll be his job to lose. Price will have to split early games and win it outright from him.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:09 AM

Don't rule out the Czechs

Michalek - Krejci - Jagr
Elias - Plekanec - Vrbata
Havlat - Fleischmann - Hemsky
Hudler - Prospal - Erat
Voracek/Hejduk

Zidlicky - Michalek
Kuba - Hejda
Smid - Kaberle
Polak/Rozsival

Pavalec
Vokoun
Neuvirth


Dark horse for sure
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:02 AM

What about hall eberle or nugent Hopkins. Those three guys In a couple years will be gems


The Olympics are NEXT year though.....unless Hall & Nuge have a hundred plus point seasons this year, I don't see them replacing any of the mid-aged superstars that Team Canada has access to. Eberle is a dark horse to make the team. He has unique skill and a knack (rep) for scoring clutch goals with team Canada.

Either way, Team Canada is going to have a unbelievable team. Just hope they adjust to the ice quick. Time will tell.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:25 AM

Tuuka Rask steals the gold.

Finland wins.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:31 AM

Don't rule out the Czechs

Michalek - Krejci - Jagr
Elias - Plekanec - Vrbata
Havlat - Fleischmann - Hemsky
Hudler - Prospal - Erat
Voracek/Hejduk

Zidlicky - Michalek
Kuba - Hejda
Smid - Kaberle
Polak/Rozsival

Pavalec
Vokoun
Neuvirth


Canucks could easily handle that team, not impressed at all.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

Burrows?? :bigblush:

I don't know how many people caught it, but on Saturday's Hot Stove, Ron McLean of all people, brought this up.

He started by suggesting that Hamhuis and Bieksa should be considered for the Team Canada defense (afterward, CANCUCKELION's head really did explode) and then went on to mention Burr...

I think he's still sucking up, after his character assassination a couple years ago...
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

Not liking the way those bottom lines are working. The best national teams have always had guys who could play at a high level but were effective in a 3rd or 4th line role.

Stamkos - Crosby - Neal
Benn - Giroux - Nash
E. Kane- Getzlaf- Perry (good physical line)
M. Richards-Toews-J. Staal (shut down line)
Coutourier

Letang - Weber
Doughty - Pietrangelo
Keith - Seabrook

Price
Ward
Luongo


leaving Tavares off Team Canada would be a big mistake.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

If the Soviets don't put in tier-two KHLers in their Olympic squad this time, that would help. But i'm not sold on their primadonna stars and they're overall lack of drive esp. among d-men. Home ice advantage would have to be HUGE for them to win gold.

Swedens defense and goaltending is tight. Forwards not so epic, but still capable. Euro rinks help guys like the Sedins. They can easily win it all.

USA is Canada-lite. A lot will depend on guys jelling in time and then getting stellar goaltending.

Finland is medal-capable.

Sweden
Finland
Russia?

I hope Canada doesn't fail to medal, but it wouldn't shock me if they do.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

Parise - Kesler - Kane
Kessel - pavelski - Brown
Pacioretty - Dubinsky - Callahan
Ryan - Backes - Oshie
Stafford - Statsny - Pominville

JJ - EJ
Suter - McDonagh
Yandle - Shattenkirk
R.Whitney- Carlson
Fowler - Seth Jones

Quick
Miller
Howard
Schneider

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:51 PM

The US is going to come in with a younger, more skilled team. Their forwards are stacked, their D are big and offensively gifted, and the goaltending is solid no matter who they go with. Russia will be on home ice and they'll have a ton of skill, but goaltending will be a problem. Never count out Sweden. Finland always plays great in the Olympics. Canada is hardly a shoo-in.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:19 PM

Howard is playing like crap, and his lack of grade A defense men in front of him is starting to show his true colours. He won't make the american team.
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