Let me put this out there first, I LOVE Ryan Kesler. I think he would be great on this team and it would have been the right trade to make before the Olympics, a mere few weeks ago, when a right winger/3rd center was the only thing we thought we needed. Now we have multiple needs that must be addressed.
I know its only been 2 games but our defense has looked awful. With Paul Martin out 4-6 weeks and Kris Letang out indefinitely, this is what we’re left with. Maata and Niskanen have continued [read more]
What I’ve learned through the preliminary rounds . . .
- The Swiss, yep those of the chocolate and Army knife fame, can really shut it down. Through their three preliminary games (Latvia, Sweden and Czechoslovakia), they’ve only surrendered 1 goal, and that was to a pre-tournament favorite in Sweden. All three of their games have been decided by a 1-0 score. They’ve only scored two goals, but they will likely be a fashionable upset pick if they can get past Latvia. Shutting down Latvia and the Czechs is one thing, but their quarterfinal matchup would be against the vaunted Canadians and an upset there would rock the international hockey world.
2. The Finns, despite huge losses to injury, are fantastic on the big surface and may yet find their way to the medal stand. I really don’t see how they do it other than being the tournament’s best on paper in net. But, as is the case in most international tournaments, Finland has positioned itself to threaten again. The big concern, obviously, is that prior to the tournament, Finland tabbed four players as [read more]
As the Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament is well underway and, as usual, hockey fans are trying to find any stream possible, or are otherwise clearing their schedule to be next to a television. It’s a spectacle that happens only once every four years, and hardcore and casual fans alike gobble it up. The players relish the opportunity, as well. However, there are two groups of people that continually push for this Olympic Games, like all other preceding it, to be the final Olympics with NHL [read more]
Group C might not have the big names that are drawing all of the attention like the united states, Canada, and Russia has but they contain some solid hockey teams and quite possibly the best all around team in the Olympics. Let’s take a look at these teams in order from the strongest team to the weakest.
IIHF Ranking: 1
Gold Medal odds: 9/2
2010 Results: The swedes went 3-0 in group play with wins over Belarus, Germany, and Finland, finishing as the overall #2 seed before [read more]
Those pesky Finns. Winners of the most recent World Junior Championships and 2011 IIHF Champions, the Finns come into the Olympics as a real wild card. Strong up front with players including Teemu Selanne, they have an abundance of skilled two-way players with strong skating abilities, however, they’ll be missing the goals from Mikko Koivu and Valteri Filppula. If they have a weak spot, it’s at defense as they only have four legitimate NHL players there. However, playing [read more]