The Olympic Gold Medal Team

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  1. interminded

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    Allright, all the "major" roster are known !

    What do you think ?

    Is Canada going to have back-to-back Olympic medals or is another team going to win that precious golden medal ?
     
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    Even though I'm still totally dumbfounded Hamrlik wasn't picked (at least not yet)...


    I'm going with the Czech Republic. :dunno:
     
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    Finland ofcourse! :D
     
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    Canada is going to be tough to beat, IMO.
     
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    Canada's still the favorite. They are deeper, bigger and stronger than anyone at every position.
     
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    Russia ?
     

  8. I'll second that one!!!
     
  9. interminded

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    I said MAJOR, dude... :D

    No I'm kidding.
    Oh well, Russia's roster will have (like all other rosters) one or two suprises, but it's set for the most part, isn't it ?
     
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    Oh yeah, I voted for Sweden.

    After their horrible outing in SLC, they want to prove something.
    They got a steady, well-balanced team with a offensive force that is difficult to match.
    I say Sweden !

    Canada has a major weak part in its defense, IMO.
    Blake , Jovanoski and Foote are not having their best season's, to put it mildly.
    And in lesser extent the same can be said for Pronger and Redden.
     
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    Gold-Canada
    Silver-Czech Republic
    Bronze-Sweden
    4th-Finland
    5th-USA
    6th-Russia
    7th-Slovakia
     
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    I'm serious when i say that if Chara plays 35-40 mins (and holds up), and the goalie can keep it to 4 goals or less per game, Slovakia makes the medal round.

    That being said, I see Sweden as the team to beat (now that they seemingly have goaltending)

    Gold - Sweden
    Silver - Canada
    Bronze - Slovakia/Czech Rep. (will be best game of the tourney)
    5th - Russia
    6th - Finland
    7th - USA
     
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    Canada is my choice they have by far the best team on paper. I would guess it will depend on how well the goalies play.
     
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    There is no way the U.S. is the 7th team in this tournament.
     
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    Chara played that much in the World Cup and that didn't keep the Slovaks from being ousted by the U.S. in the quarters. They have a very underwhelimg roster.
     
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    For the record, I voted for the Czech Republic. I think Hasek/Vokoun will steal the tourney.
     
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    :biglaugh:

    Weak seasons or not, that group is vastly superior to any other country's defense...
     
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    Sweden, i have a bet on this with my friend for a bottle of strong booze
     
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    I agree.

    Gold-Canada
    Silver-Czech Rep.
    Bronze-Sweden
    4th-Russia
    5th-Finland
    6th-USA
    7th-Slovakia
    8th-Germany

    Tough to win without a goalie.
    I'm a Canucks fan...so I know a lot about that...
     
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    I do not think so.
    The Swedes and the Czechs have also a solid defense.

    Superior is a big word, vastly even more.
     
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    Canada enters this tournament as the team to beat. Twenty of the players on the team were picked for the World Cup team that won only 15 months ago. Twelve players were on the 2002 Gold Medal team at the Olympics.

    But this is far from an easy tournament. The Czechs have two elite goaltenders and lots of offence up front. Their only weakness is their defence (that's nothing new), but Hasek and Vokoun should be able to bail them out. The Czechs will make it to the gold medal game.

    Finland has much of the same team back that went to the World Cup final. I still think the Czechs are a better team this year, but don't ever underestimate a team with Kiprusoff in net. Lots of grit, toughness and hustle. They'll be playing for a medal.

    Sweden? Never thought I'd say this about the Swedes, but it depends which Swedish team shows up. Lots of veteran talent, and Lundquist gives them strong goaltending. (Although still not as good as Canada, Finland or the Czechs). Keep in mind that goaltending is NOT the reason the Swedes lost 6-1 to the Czechs last year in the World Cup. Underachieving from everyone not named Modin was.

    If Khabibulin is on Russia, they're dangerous. Lots of firepower up front. Like the Czechs, defence will be their weakness. We'll see how the Russian kiddie corps (winners of three WJC gold medals and several silvers the past eight years) holds up.

    U.S.? Transition year. Not even a lot of young talent on the team, mostly inexperienced guys in their late 20s/early 30s. Still, DiPietro, as inconsistent as he is, can steal a game. Slovakia? Always fun to watch with their offensive players, and the defence is improving every four years, but Budaj can't keep up.
     
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    Sverige will be sporting the Gold Medal by the end of the games! Oh yes, Oh yes they will!

    ;)
     
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    I believe one of Sweden, Canada or the Czech Republic will win the gold medal.
     
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    I'm saying yes, because they are the deepest team.

    I'd pick the gold medal odds something like:

    Canada 60%
    Russia 13%
    Sweden 12%
    Czech 5%
    USA 5%
    Finland 2.5%
    Slovakia 2.5%
    Germany 0.OOOOO1% they might be able to win a game or two, but won't win the 3 straight needed for a gold.

    I'd say Canada wins a medal of some color for sure....and thats the only team I'm willing to say will definatly medal.

    I'll also say 2 of Russia, Sweden and Czech will medal.

    Russia could falter due to inexperience, tho. I hope not...would like to see Russia and Sweden(Go Red Wings!) do well
     
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