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  • 02/20/2014, 09:08AM ET

Predict the semis of Olympic hockey.. THAT STARTS TOMORROW! Yeah yeah boy..

HighwayCrossingFrog (175-852-64) vs kalbrecht17 (17-11-5)
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I've always wanted to do a hockey TD..

I know I have gone back and forth on this one..

HOWEVER..
My final predictions?

CANADA BEATS USA
FINLAND BEATS SVEDEN:)


I obviously hope I'm wrong about my USA pick..
But before the tournament started..
I did pick Canada.. And the one thing I have learnt when making predictions is to stick to your guns..
I do realize that USA AND SWEDEN are the 2 "hot" teams..
But just cause you are hot, doesn't necessarily mean you will win.
Out of the 4 teams Canada looks the most suspect..
They barely beat a suspect Latvia team.. Not good..
HOWEVER
Canada has USA's number..
I'm counting on the canadiens to be their usually bullying selves vs the Americans..
And at the end of the 60 minutes, the yanks will be calling the canadiens their daddy once again..
Just like in 2002 and 2010..

Finland is the sexy dark horse..
They beat Russia in Russia, in a winner take all game..
That's pretty cool..
I watched most of that game..
And I thought the Finns looked pretty serious..
Sweden is the Fav in this one..
But it won't be easy..


Let's flip em both. Sweden and USA.

The US are HOT right now, with seemingly every line clicking where the Canadians are really struggling to score with Weber and Doughty carrying the offense (who would've predicted that coming in?)

Could it all change tomorrow? definitely. but the US are an extremely tight checking team that should be able to contain guys like Toews and Crosby much like most teams have to this point by putting guys on them all night and not giving them space.

The only advantage I give Canada coming in is if they can draw penalties and use the PP to spark their offensive guns. This should be a low scoring, hard hitting game but right now I just see the US having too much confidence to let it all slip away.

The Swedes are better than the Fins. The win over the Russians is great for Finland, but Russia almost had too much pressure put on them to perform. The only guy Russia had that stepped up to the pressure was Datsyuk and it wasn't enough. If anything an emotional victory like that will have drained the Fins some. Should be another tight game but I'll take Sweden


Ok..
We all know how great Sidney Crosby is and that he is the best guy on the ice out of the 4 teams left on Friday..
Crosby does scare me.. And even casual hockey fans like me have heard of Crosby several times before.. He has put Pittsburg hockey on the map..
And he is not a weirdo like Big Ben..
We also know that Canada's offense has struggled to put points on the board..
While team USA seems to be averaging 5 or 6. Goals a game, which is fantastic..
HOWEVER..
I'm hoping Canada does a Seattle..
And manages to somehow cool a red hot Yankee offence..
It can be done..

Finland is the ultimate sexy dark horse..
Half of their players aren't even good enough to make the NHL..
(Although after this tournament is over, I have a feeling that some will be busy getting phone calls from NHL clubs..)..
Yes my friends, the other fin half plays in Russia and other European leagues and get paid in pennies compared to their NHL comrades..
HOWEVER,
Maybe this is an advantage..
As they are more familiar with the bigger ice rink..
And maybe they are alittle hungrier..
Cause they know this is an audition for the big bucks NHL..


Look frog I know you don't know much about hockey, but Pitt has been a big time franchise long before Crosby (see: Lemieux, Mario for starters). And Crosby might be MORE of a weirdo than Big Ben. Never seen a guy regarded as such a superstar in hockey that gets bu tt hurt more often than Crosby about getting worked over.

Anyways, it should be a defensive battle between these 2 teams and it'll be dang fun to watch. This one easily could hinge on who gets the puck luck and that's always an exciting thing to watch (see: USA's post hit on the empty net after a deflection followed up by Canada's game tying goal today)

About the Fins getting called up.. Ain't gonna happen. Many of these guys just aren't going to get a call. The style doesn't fit. They don't want to come over here. And often times guys make more in Russia than they would in the US (mob money is awesome). There is no team left that is "hungrier" than any other. This for your nation. For gold. To be remembered forever as one of the greats or one of the goats (lol at Russia). And with that being said, let's hurry up and let the games be played. Can't wait.

February 20, 2014  09:10 AM ET

USA and Sweden are favorite..
I'm just counting on the canadiens ALWAYS beating USA...
And as for Finland? I do like a good dark horse..

February 20, 2014  09:12 AM ET

Sweden plays Finland at 7am.. Et..
USA plays Canada at 12pm..et..
Both tomorrow..

February 20, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

USA and Sweden are favorite..I'm just counting on the canadiens ALWAYS beating USA...And as for Finland? I do like a good dark horse..

Canadians!

February 20, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Canadians!

Ha ha..
That's not how they spell it in Montreal!

February 20, 2014  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Canadians!

USA, USA, USA!!!

February 20, 2014  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Canadians!

They scare the hell outta me. Get all of our troops back home to secure the border before Canada invades us for our delicious bacon!

February 20, 2014  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

USA, USA, USA!!!

Hacksaw???



Or maybe you remember him as 'Crazy Legs' Dugan??????

February 20, 2014  11:19 AM ET

i'm gonna assume this one will be loser forfeits if it's a sweep then we predict the final if it's a tie?

February 20, 2014  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hacksaw???Or maybe you remember him as 'Crazy Legs' Dugan??????

Have no idea who 'Crazy Legs' Dugan is.

February 20, 2014  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Have no idea who 'Crazy Legs' Dugan is.

OK, so you know him as Hacksaw Jim Dugan. He was always chanting 'USA' and carried an American Flag around.

Crazy legs was his Mid-South gimmick before he got to the WWF.

February 20, 2014  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

i'm gonna assume this one will be loser forfeits if it's a sweep then we predict the final if it's a tie?

The mods don't like those..
Let's just have a bit of fun..

February 20, 2014  12:31 PM ET

Is the finals and bronze game on Sunday?

February 20, 2014  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

OK, so you know him as Hacksaw Jim Dugan. He was always chanting 'USA' and carried an American Flag around.Crazy legs was his Mid-South gimmick before he got to the WWF.

Oh wrestling...no wonder I never heard of the guy. Never watch that stuff.

February 20, 2014  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Is the finals and bronze game on Sunday?

For what, hockey or beer pong?

February 20, 2014  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

For what, hockey or beer pong?

Ha ha..
There's a bronze medal match for beer pong?
I thought anyone that is still standing at the end is a winner:)

February 20, 2014  12:57 PM ET

Damn..
The loser of the canadien match gets a 22. Hour rest..

February 20, 2014  12:57 PM ET

The winner of the USA game gets 43. Hours rest..

February 20, 2014  01:14 PM ET

Bronze is Saturday 10am et

February 20, 2014  01:14 PM ET

Gold is Sunday 7am et

 
February 20, 2014  01:15 PM ET

USA is beating canadien girls!
USA USA USA!!
All the gold we can get !!

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