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Handicapping the World Cup

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:39 pm
by SRsez
I actually think Sweden might show fairly well.

The U.S. will be strong, but only because it's over here on NHL ice.

The Slovaks are still too flashy, not enough substance.

Can the Czechs bounce back after losing their coach? Is Hasek going to play?

Do the Russians have anybody better than Fedor Federov to play for them?

Okay, maybe you guys know the answers.

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:07 pm
by Southern_Canuck
:cheers:

Obviously "The good team" is the correct answer.

Thanks for the MENSA quiz,

S_C

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:20 am
by Cornuck
I had to go with "Those Canuck Boys" - that way, just in case the Swedes pull it off, I can still be right. ;)

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:03 am
by Madcombinepilot
LOL great poll!

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:19 am
by Ktulu
I actually think Sweden might show fairly well.
Based on what?

The only thing I can think of is that they are in the weaker pool and they dont have to play Belarus ;).

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:48 am
by Shapeshyfter
muhahahahahaha I voted for the Us

hehehe

man poor sweden, that was some weird accident when they played Belarus

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:21 pm
by SRsez
Ktulu wrote:
I actually think Sweden might show fairly well.
Based on what?

The only thing I can think of is that they are in the weaker pool and they dont have to play Belarus ;).
How about the fact that Naslund & Sundin make a pretty good line even without Forsberg. Or the fact that they have a defensively smart line called Sedins that are very used to shutting down NHL calibre players. Or the fact that they have two world class D in Lidstrom & Ohlund. You think Belarus won't be a source of inspiration?

What makes you think they won'tl play well, K?

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 11:04 pm
by Heavy_P
My heart has to go with Team Canada, of course, but we had to go and make it hard on ourselves. No Blake or Pronger leaves a big hole on the blue line, and I still wish Premeau, or Peca was chosen.

I also think Sweeden has a pretty good shot, and I think the US is up there too.

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:41 am
by Hercules_Rockefeller
Heavy_P wrote:My heart has to go with Team Canada, of course, but we had to go and make it hard on ourselves. No Blake or Pronger leaves a big hole on the blue line, and I still wish Premeau, or Peca was chosen.

I also think Sweeden has a pretty good shot, and I think the US is up there too.
well we still have neids and foote, two guys who have led their respective bluelines to stanely cups. They still have a great supporting cast. I think even with the injuries, the canadians still outclass every other country I can think of when it comes to D.

Also, having the current best goalie on the planet is a little reassuring.

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:09 am
by Shapeshyfter
ya. whatever the defense doesn't stop the goalie will stop it.

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:30 am
by lor
i don't know, I think Russia could still do alot of damage.

It's never a good idea to rule them out.

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:49 pm
by Haaarr-oldd
lor wrote:i don't know, I think Russia could still do alot of damage.

It's never a good idea to rule them out.
Have you been watching the news at all? How about taking some time and thinking before you make some of your posts. I've noticed that some of them dont have very much thought into them, and others are downright ridiculous (e.g. starting a thread "why are the best players from Quebec?").
Do a search and check all of the players that pulled out of Russia's World Cup team, as well as the reason why, and then come back and tell me if you still feel the same way about them.

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:22 am
by Ktulu
What makes you think they won'tl play well, K?
#1 Goaltending
#2 Goaltending
#3 Goaltending

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:49 am
by the toucan kid
Have to agree about the goaltending, for my money they have the best team in front of the net, but in it? I mean Tellquvist? Well maybe he'll have a break out tournament. Apparently they've been impressed with him internationally have they not?

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:22 pm
by lor
Haaarr-oldd wrote:
lor wrote:i don't know, I think Russia could still do alot of damage.

It's never a good idea to rule them out.
Have you been watching the news at all? How about taking some time and thinking before you make some of your posts. I've noticed that some of them dont have very much thought into them, and others are downright ridiculous (e.g. starting a thread "why are the best players from Quebec?").
Do a search and check all of the players that pulled out of Russia's World Cup team, as well as the reason why, and then come back and tell me if you still feel the same way about them.


Well excuse me.................Canada made the mistake of underestimating the Russians in '72 and I don't think they should repeat that mistake.

And for your information, the best players DO come from Que.