Handicapping the World Cup

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Who's going to win the tournament?

Canada
2
12%
Team Canada
4
24%
Those Canuck boys
3
18%
The team with that Lemieux guy as Captain
1
6%
The good team
4
24%
The team from the Northern part of North America
0
No votes
Us
1
6%
The Canadian team - damn those boys is good!
2
12%
 
Total votes : 17

Handicapping the World Cup

Postby SRsez » Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:39 pm

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.
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Postby Southern_Canuck » Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:07 pm

:cheers:

Obviously "The good team" is the correct answer.

Thanks for the MENSA quiz,

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Postby Cornuck » Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:20 am

I had to go with "Those Canuck Boys" - that way, just in case the Swedes pull it off, I can still be right. ;)
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Postby Madcombinepilot » Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:03 am

LOL great poll!
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Postby Ktulu » Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:19 am

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 ;).
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Postby Shapeshyfter » Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:48 am

muhahahahahaha I voted for the Us

hehehe

man poor sweden, that was some weird accident when they played Belarus
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Postby SRsez » Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:21 pm

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?
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Postby Heavy_P » Tue Aug 24, 2004 11:04 pm

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.
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Postby Hercules_Rockefeller » Wed Aug 25, 2004 9:41 am

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.
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Postby Shapeshyfter » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:09 am

ya. whatever the defense doesn't stop the goalie will stop it.
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Postby lor » Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:30 am

i don't know, I think Russia could still do alot of damage.

It's never a good idea to rule them out.
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Postby Haaarr-oldd » Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:49 pm

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.
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Postby Ktulu » Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:22 am

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


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Postby the toucan kid » Thu Aug 26, 2004 9:49 am

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?
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Postby lor » Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:22 pm

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.
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