Are any of these players not playing in the WC?

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  1. TomWaits

    TomWaits Registered User

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    It is now time for me to pick my world hockey pool and I would like to defend my title (or at least not end up in last :D )

    I am hoping you can help me. I want to make sure that the players I have picked are actually playing.

    thanks in advance

    TomWaits

    Lemieux
    Sakic
    Niedermayer
    Brodeur
    Leetch
    Rafalski
    Forsberg
    Sundin
    Naslund
    Lidstrom
    Salo
    Datsyuk
    Kovalchuk
    Gonchar
    Kiprusoff
    Elias
    Havlat
    Hejduk
    Jagr
    T.Kaberle
    Demitra
    Hossa
    Chara
    Hecht
     
  2. Bill McNeal

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    I believe the only one at risk of not playing on the list is Forsberg, but the injury reports don't seem severe. Plus, he's a gamer, so count on him to play.
     
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    I think they're all playing
     
  4. Owen

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    Kiprusoff is shady because nobody knows who will play in net for Finland yet. Everybody seems to think that Kari Lehtonen will be the #1 for them, but has also forgotten that Vesa Toskala is also a standout goalie for them. Next to Canada, Finland bar-none has the best goaltending threesome in the tournament, so any of them could play.
     
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    Not sure that Salo will be in the net for Sweden either. So your goalie situation look a little so and so..
     
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    Beside your question, but for a pool I'd take Marcel Goc instead of Hecht, or maybe Erhoff or Katan. Picking some of the top German players should be a good idea as they ought to get a lot of playing time.

    Another late pool pick might be Ville Peltonen from Finland, playing LW to Olli Jokinen. If (and that's a big if) the Finns are going anywhere he'll most likely be one of their top scorers.
     
  7. Rafalski has been suffering from some groin problems, he's playing through it, but probably won't be at his best.
     
  8. TomWaits

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    Who will be the top three goalies?

    I am basing this on wins/losses and shutouts.

    1) Brodeur is pretty much the safest bet
    2) Salo - although he isn't the best goalie in the tourney he should have good numbers because the team infront of him is so strong.
    3) Finland - Kiprusoff or Lehtonen? Kiprursoff had such a strong year last year.
    4) Czech - Cechmanek is still a good goalie on an pretty good team.
    5) DiPietro would be fourth on my list but he could faulter making room for Conklin or Esche to move in.
    6) Russia - with most of their superstars at home will either of these three produce?
    7 & 8) Slovakia and Germany really do not have a chance - I know that Kolzig has put up some good numbers but would not be a top three in my book.

    In my opinion it probably comes down to Kiprusoff or Cechmanek?

    Thanks

    TomWaits
     
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    nomorekids The original, baby

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    Vokoun is the Czech's starter, not Cechmanek.
     
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    Kiprusoff has played the last two games for team Finland. He is their #1 goalie for the tournament.
     
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