Why do the teams play 3 exibition games before the tournament?

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  1. SChan*

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    Why do the teams play 3 exhibition games before the actual tournament starts? I think it's idiotic. Teams wont play their best, and it will look like a bad NHL All-star game with no contact at all. Winning these games means jack, and players don't want to injure themselves before the group stage begin.

    I bet players like Forsberg and Sundin wont even play in these games. This is beyond me, because as a fan i want to see the teams compete. It wont happen. I could see that they played 1 exhibition game, but 3?

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    Isn't that 2?
     
  3. SChan*

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    I count to 3.

    EXHIBITION GAMES
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    AUG 22: Slovakia vs. Sweden
    AUG 22: Germany vs. Russia
    AUG 23: USA vs. Canada
    AUG 23: Czech Republic vs. Finland
    AUG 25: USA vs. Canada
    AUG 25: Finland vs. Sweden
    AUG 25: Germany vs. Czech Republic
    AUG 26: Finland vs. Germany
    AUG 27: USA vs. Russia
    AUG 27: Czech Republic vs. Sweden
    AUG 28: Canada vs. Slovakia
    AUG 29: Slovakia vs. Russia
     
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    Wow! I learned something today! Thanks. :lol
     
  5. Snakeeye

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    Would you rather these teams play poorly in three meaningless exhibition games, or in their three round robin games?

    They play exhibitions for the exact same reasons why every other team in the history of sport plays exhibitions: To get into game shape, and to determine what role each player will take on their team. One game is not enough to accomplish this.
     
  6. SChan*

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    but it can cause unwantes injuries before the fun begins.
     
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    where are they held?? Any russia's game in Montreal??
     
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    I remember how Leetch injured Pasha Bure in Russia's 6-4 exhibition win over the US in 1996 ... and Russia couldn't line up Mogilny-Fedorov-Bure for the tournament!
     
  9. SChan*

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    Exactly what if Forsberg, Sundin or Naslund would get injured? Sweden's chances would pretty much go down the drain with a loss of one of them.
     
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    Yeah sure, but there's a preseason in the NHL too ... and a player could as well get hurt during a practice.
     
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    Of course the stars will play these games, they need it in order to get into game shape. But I would never buy a ticket to one of those games.
     
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    all NA exhibition games are being played in Ottawa
     
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  14. Snakeeye

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    So can playing outside of game shape.

    If you are afriad to get hurt, hockey isnt for you.
     
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