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#1 WildCard

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:56 AM

Well, the Sabres blow, so I figure we should discuss the second most entertaining sporting event this year, next to NHL playoffs of course (Super Bowl and World Cup came close).

Starting rosters, Gold-Silver-Bronze predictions, fire away.
I have Sweden-USA-Canada in that order, although I hope USA gets for Miller and 'Merica's sake.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:53 AM

USA
Canada
Sweden

Miller wins his 2nd MVP.

And this tournament will be more entertaining than the NHL playoffs because the Sabres won't be in 'em.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:38 AM

Canada
Usa
Sweden


It'll be like a repeat of last Olympics, only Crosby won't get the game winner

Man I miss when the Olympics were all prospects and non league players... Bring that back

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

I voted for

Russia -- Gold
Russia -- Silver
Russia -- Bronze

It's their tourney, it's their rules

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:40 PM

I need to see the rosters first.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

Canada
Sweden
USA (If they make it past the quarters, that team is always a complete unknown)

I'm looking for Russia to underachive, they don't usually do well when they're expected to win.

Sweden are as close to money as they come, always perform well at tournaments, and have the ability to take it all on a good day.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:44 PM

USA
Canada
Sweden

Because ###### those rigged Canadian Olympics

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 02:48 PM

View Postqwksndmonster, on 26 November 2013 - 02:44 PM, said:

USA
Canada
Sweden

Because ###### those rigged Canadian Olympics

and hello those ' :wallbash: :doh: :cry: :o :wallbash: '  rigged Russian Olympics

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:47 PM

View Postwjag, on 26 November 2013 - 02:48 PM, said:

and hello those ' :wallbash: :doh: :cry: :o :wallbash: '  rigged Russian Olympics

There will almost certainly be some funny business, innit?

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:13 PM

There's some ###### over here: http://forums.sabres...sochi +olympics

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:32 PM

View Postwyldnwoody44, on 26 November 2013 - 10:38 AM, said:

Man I miss when the Olympics were all prospects and non league players... Bring that back

Next time there will be no NHL players. Imagine the Ruskies will do well.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 05:34 PM

Canada
USA
Slovakia

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:07 PM

Latvia
Latvia
Latvia

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:31 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 26 November 2013 - 04:13 PM, said:

There's some ###### over here: http://forums.sabres...sochi +olympics
Sorry, I didn't see that when I looked through some of the older discussions, apologies. So, mods, do we merge this then?

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 08:29 PM

Canada has the best all around players and probably the best all around team.

I think USA is a close second. We've only gotten better since the last Olympics.

Russia I just can't see them doing anything with their defense like it is. Too soft in the paint. They're a fun team but for Olympic Success they're gonna need to out battle Canada and the USA and it's not happening.

Sweden has great players, but I think Finland gets the bronze. The Finns always put together really solid, good teams, I like what they've got.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:46 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 26 November 2013 - 06:07 PM, said:

Latvia
Latvia
Latvia

Dammit! Thunder stolen.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:37 AM

I believe the US roster will be announced on January 1st, and I'd imagine most other countries will be right around there - I'll vote then...

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 11:02 AM

I can't believe that 4 years is just about passed since the last one.  Seems like only yesterday Crosby beat Miller.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

I don't care except I hope the USA finishes ahead of Canada.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

Ryan Miller could steal the U.S. net in Sochi

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick owns a Stanley Cup ring, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an ESPY Award, all earned in the past 18 months. He also was runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in 2012.

He has to be the favorite to be the USA's No.1 goalie at the Olympics in Russia.

But here are five reasons why the Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller could steal the net from Quick in Sochi


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:59 AM

Miller should get the job, and it wouldn't be stealing. Quick's performance hasn't come close to matching his Vezina season (for those who think Miller was a on year wonder...seriously, look at Quick's numbers) and that's playing behind one of the best possession teams in hockey.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:02 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 11 December 2013 - 11:59 AM, said:

Miller should get the job, and it wouldn't be stealing. Quick's performance hasn't come close to matching his Vezina season (for those who think Miller was a on year wonder...seriously, look at Quick's numbers) and that's playing behind one of the best possession teams in hockey.

There's really no reason barring injury that Miller doesn't get the job.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 01:00 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 11 December 2013 - 11:54 AM, said:

Many good points in there. Ryan Miller is playing better than Quick. The US team should be older and better this time around.  I think they could win gold.  Canada is going to be very good obviously. Russia I think will look great on paper but  I think the Russian team will be choked out by the gritty play that US and Canada can muster.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 01:40 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 11 December 2013 - 01:00 PM, said:

Many good points in there. Ryan Miller is playing better than Quick. The US team should be older and better this time around.  I think they could win gold.  Canada is going to be very good obviously. Russia I think will look great on paper but  I think the Russian team will be choked out by the gritty play that US and Canada can muster.

Don't forget the bigger rinks when thinking about gritty play, and don't forget that Russia is home.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:32 PM

View PostEleven, on 11 December 2013 - 01:40 PM, said:

Don't forget the bigger rinks when thinking about gritty play, and don't forget that Russia is home.
You're right. They will declare all of team USA to be pro gay propagandists and imprison them all just before we play.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:37 PM

View PostEleven, on 11 December 2013 - 01:40 PM, said:

Don't forget the bigger rinks when thinking about gritty play, and don't forget that Russia is home.
This is why I don't understand not even inviting Pommers to the camp.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:58 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 11 December 2013 - 02:32 PM, said:

You're right. They will declare all of team USA to be pro gay propagandists and imprison them all just before we play.

In all seriousness, I am 100% expecting some BS Russian hijinks during this tournament.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:59 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 12 December 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

In all seriousness, I am 100% expecting some BS Russian hijinks during this tournament.
As am I.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:11 PM

View PostLGR4GM, on 12 December 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:

As am I.
Hope the U.S. has their own food trucks.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 08:18 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 12 December 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

In all seriousness, I am 100% expecting some BS Russian hijinks during this tournament.

Let's not give Canada a free pass on the hijinks card for the 2010 Olympics.  I'm not so sure either Canada or the US were in that medal game if it wasn't played on NHL ice.  That's the one thing that I think will be the most intriguing this year, the return to the true Olympic surface.  Since the pros have started playing these games, North America hasn't done so well on that surface.  Granted there have only been 4 tourneys, but Canada and the US have only medaled when the games were held in North America.

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:06 AM

You guys might already know this, but I just learned the IIHF pushed back the dealine to announce Olympic rosters to January 7th.  

USA Hockey will still announce their roster during the Leafs/Wings Winter Classic telecast on New Year's Day.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

http://prohockeytalk...olympic-roster/

I'm on my phone so I don't know if this transferred right.... But here is the roster for the men's hockey team

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:39 PM

View Postwyldnwoody44, on 01 January 2014 - 05:33 PM, said:

http://prohockeytalk...olympic-roster/

I'm on my phone so I don't know if this transferred right.... But here is the roster for the men's hockey team

I really like the forwards for Team USA.  Not loving the defensemen quite as much as the forwards.  Solid team overall.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:40 PM

Z. Johnson, Pominville, Ryan and Byfuglien need not apply

View PostPotato, on 01 January 2014 - 05:39 PM, said:

I really like the forwards for Team USA.  Not loving the defensemen quite as much as the forwards.  Solid team overall.

Defense looks weak.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:42 PM

I understand byfuglien, but ryan and even pominville?

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:44 PM

I cannot fathom how Ryan didn't make the team.  I thought he was a lock.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:51 PM

Don't know that Latvia has any shot, but if Girgensons is playing for them and Nolan is coaching them, I'll be rooting for them.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:55 PM

View Postwjag, on 01 January 2014 - 05:40 PM, said:

Z. Johnson, Pominville, Ryan and Byfuglien need not apply

Defense looks weak.

There are quite a few very good forwards for USA Hockey to choose from.  I think they either wanted physical two-way players (e.g. Brown, Backes) or elite scorers (e.g. Kane, Kessel) and a guy like Pommer ends up as a bit of a "tweener." Derek Stephan surprises me a bit, but I don't watch a lot of Rangers games so maybe he is better than I think he is.

A guy like Okposo (tied for 12th in scoring) or Bobby Ryan might have a gripe.

With the bigger ice surface they definitely need mobile guys, hence some of the d-men choices perhaps?

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:23 PM

Gotta say it. Selection was terrible. We suck.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:36 PM

Awesome, in-depth piece on the US selection process (including why Ryan is not there).

http://espn.go.com/n...mpics-was-named





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