Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Rob, Jan 5, 2019.
Americans as slight favourites for me. Best looking/deepest roster on paper.
It seems the game between Slovakia and Russia will be played in Zilina, Slovakia.
Countries have shared hosting before, but just having one game played in a seperate country ... Has this happened before? Should be a good atmosphere for the slovaks though, and Zilina is close to the Czech border.
so Russia Sweden Canada and usa are basically 4 teams fighting for 3 medals? dunno how good finland is this year.
It is a pre-tournament game, that’s probably why it was able to be scheduled more flexibly. Cool that they were able to get a real home game in for the SVK team
We won last year, you just can't count us out. We also won the last tournament played on the big ice. More reason to take us seriously.
sorry but don't think finland has the talent this year.. quarterfinal exit or bronze medal game at best I say.
We'll see. I'll remember this when we are in the final
Anyone else here cheer more for your favorite team's prospects than thier home country? Or is it just me?
I cheer for my country every day for the rest of my life.
Country first, always. Definitely try to watch other games involving my team's prospects.
ye huh sure
Since when is it about only talent?
Best TEAM wins it every year. A hot goalie can steal multiple games as well.
You’re entitled to your opinion obviously, and your own prediction, but Finland will have as good a chance as anyone else.
IIRC, Finland won Gold in 2014 with 3 drafted forwards only.
I wouldn’t count them out so easily.
Nope. Hockey is Canada’s sport.
I see what you're doing here... planting the seeds for Dostal leading us to Zlato! I like it
As an avid Oiler's fan, I'd rather watch the Czech's lose 6-0 to a Big 5 team then watch Raphel Lavoie score a hat trick in the gold medal game. Don't get me wrong... hope Lavoie becomes an elite scorer in the Oil Top 6 but country first!
If they had Jack Hughes they would have been heavy favourites.
I was just taking a look at the odds for some games:
Czech vs Germany
Czech = 1.16 or -625
Germany = 5.0 or 400
Shouldn´t this be much closer?
YES... that's gonna be a 1 goal game.
How is it with tickets ? Are the czech games already sold out ?
Yes, they are.
Helminen is the wild card here for us Finns. He could very well be the ticket to fast exit but you never know.
I think considering our depth and talent we could win Gold but are not the favorites.
Maccelli and Kupari need to deliver if we are going to have a chance.
Slovak games seem to be sold out too, with the exception of some VIP tickets still up for grabs.
Okay, so this swedish group actually won the (World U17 Hockey Challenge 2016). But WJC is another level, let's see.
I'd like to see Sweden finally win. It's been too long for these guys. So many good teams with no results.
Maybe this will be the year when they're not expected to even medal.
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