GDT: Group B - May 14 - Canada vs Latvia

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  1. stv11

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    Group B


    May 14
    2:15 PM ET • 8:15 PM CET


    [​IMG] Canada vs Latvia [​IMG]

    Canada
    Confirmed lineup

    Goaltenders:
    35 Darcy Kuemper
    30 Curtis McElhinney

    Defensemen:
    44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 55 Colton Parayko
    3 Joel Edmundson - 5 Aaron Ekblad
    27 Ryan Murray - 25 Darnell Nurse
    52 Thomas Chabot

    Forwards:
    93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 97 Connor McDavid - 10 Brayden Schenn
    12 Josh Bailey - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 17 Jaden Schwartz
    21 Tyson Jost - 53 Bo Horvat - 7 Jordan Eberle
    72 Anthony Beauvillier - 13 Mathew Barzal - 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau

    Scratched:
    G 1 Mickael DiPietro
    D 6 Ryan Pulock
    F 18 Pierre-Luc Dubois


    Latvia
    Confirmed lineup

    Goaltenders:
    50 Kristers Gudlevskis
    35 Matiss Kivlenieks

    Defensemen:
    58 Guntis Galviņš - 27 Oskars Cibuļskis
    3 Edgars Siksna - 11 Kristaps Sotnieks
    94 Kristians Rubīns - 29 Ralfs Freibergs
    77 Kristaps Zīle

    Forwards:
    24 Mikelis Rēdlihs - 25 Andris Džeriņš - 70 Miks Indrašis
    21 Rudolfs Balcers - 18 Rodrigo Ābols - 91 Ronalds Ķēniņš
    71 Roberts Bukarts - 23 Teodors Blugers - 10 Rihards Bukarts
    41 Frenks Razgals - 87 Gints Meija - 79 Vitalijs Pavlovs
    89 Nikita Jevpalovs

    Scratched:
    G 30 Elvis Merzlikins
    D 26 Uvis Balinskis
    F 15 Martin Karsums


     
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  2. Namejs

    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    We're most likely going to rest our starting goalie and other leading players before the game against Denmark.

    If Canada is in a goal-scoring mode, I expect a massive blowout loss. This game just doesn't mean all that much to us.
     
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    There is a chance both teams might consider this an exhibition game. Surprisingly, during the actual exhibition game Latvians, without several leaders, played a good and tight first period. Eventually, though, Canadians managed to play around successfully and finish the game 6:1.
     
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    Canada 4 - Latvia 1
     
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    TSN says that Dubois will likely miss the game with a minor injury. Chabot also ran one of the PP units so it looks like he will play. Apparently Kuemper is starting. It won't be shocking if Canada takes out the blender and mixes everything up for this game.
     
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    Who even knows when it comes to this group?

    Germany(in OT) & Denmark beat Finland.
    Finland destroyed Canada.
    USA beat Canada in a shootout.
    Latvia lost against USA in OT & beat Germany.

    Literally unpredictable.
     
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    Just from this roster you can see thats not always the case -Zīle and Meija.
     
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    Team Canada should just watch Finland vs Germany game to get convinced what kind Zombie-skating they shouldn't perform in this match.

    Ok. Ok. Ok. On paper it all is very clear, but in the rink there is always a chance the only thing you can do with those papers is just arse-wiping.

    If Canada's goalies are as leaky as they were in the game against Finland, then McJesus and Co. should increase an offense little bit. It's Team Latvia, but Latvia can bite too in this tournament, if guys walk innocently in a forest like Hansel and Gretel.

    Team Finland got the lesson from hansels and gretels already: A knife to the throat for wrong attitude - and previously A Little Match Girl lit a gas upon the Lions' hair for making herself warm too.

    Nothing granted.
     
  10. Namejs

    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    Latvia has added Edgars Siksna (D) to the roster. He plays in the Russian 2nd division. If that wasn't impressive enough, he's on a team based in Kazakhstan.

    So if it wasn't clear before, 3 points are pretty much guaranteed for us now. No one can beat Borat's mustache.
     
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    And you beat Germany, who beat Finland, who dominated Canada.

    So, Latvia humiliating Canada is a given.
     
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    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    We beat Germany, because they're not very good. Germany beat Finland, because the Finns were overconfident and didn't take the game very seriously.

    Latvia has never won against Canada. Not once in a hundred years.

    We're missing at least 15 of our leading players, our starting goalie is probably the 5th best in the country (out of about 10 pro goalies that we have in the country), a 1/3 of our defensemen played in the juniors this season and we're consciously not even going to try to go 100% tonight, because we have a win-or-die game tomorrow.

    So what you're saying is that the Latvian B team is going to beat a team that mostly consists of leading NHL players? A 15:0 blowout is more plausible.
     
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    During the previous 13 match-ups, the average goal difference has been 4.8 goals.

    This year presents a stronger-than-usual Canada (at least on paper) and weaker-than-usual Latvia.
     
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    Latvia 4-1

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    I just don't believe this Latvia roster will being able to keep up with Canada.
    My Prediction 5-2 for Canada,
     
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    Kivlenieks (AHL, CBJ prospect) is our back-up goalie tonight, so that basically means that there's going to be a goalie change and Kivlenieks is going to make his debut. Can't wait to see him in action.

    Also, the Kazakhstani dude is on the 2nd pairing. Holy smokes.

    Canada 11-1
     
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    Probably a 5-2 or 5-3 game.
     
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    Lol, a wonderful goal..
     
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    Easy. Latvia needs score now only 4 goals in row, and keep their own goal clear. :sarcasm:
     
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    Islanders system ruined Gudlevskis :ha: Tampa never should've traded him.
     
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    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    Gudlevskis has been atrocious so far. Should've started Kivlenieks.
     
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    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    He was always mediocre. That one lucky game in Sochi doesn't mean anything.
     
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    I'm not talking about that game, it was fkin 4 years ago. I was reflecting on his record in Syracuse,i mean in 2016 he was in AHL allstar team.
     
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    Namejs The Buffalo Dahlins

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    Because Latvians voted him in. His record is ****.
     
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    In AHL the allstar rosters are determined by committees of AHL coaches,not fan voting.
    Jesus.

    Anyway,back to the game.
     
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