Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My 2010 Olympics prediction

Gold: Canada
Silver: Sweden
Bronze: Russia

This year seemingly more than in the past, Team Canada's roster has a definite edge talent-wise over the other teams, and I can't see any reason to not predict a win at home. As much as the Russians have been trumped up in the lead up and as much as I think Alex Ovechkin will make an impact here, there are holes in that roster (on the blueline and on the checking lines) and I think the push to have so many KHLers filling key roles will hurt them in the end.

If there's a worry for Canada, it's in goal, where several other countries have hotter netminders. That said, my money's on Martin Brodeur to provide good enough goaltending for Crosby and Co. to take care of the rest.

As for the dark horse, I think the Americans definitely have a chance to medal. 

Should be interesting.



At 6:54 p.m., February 16, 2010, Blogger Puck Central said...

Hard to argue with those picks. That would be a great final too, Brodeur v Lundqvist for the Gold!

At 8:39 p.m., February 16, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada weak in goal? I haven't read a single blog that has said so. In fact many think this is their biggest strength and puts them head and tails above the rest.

At 9:57 p.m., February 16, 2010, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't say they're weak in goal. The other contenders have hotter netminders.

At 11:31 a.m., February 17, 2010, Blogger Back in Black said...

There has been lots of noise about how Brodeur's had a bad month and Luongo a bad week. It's not like either of them has suddenly forgotten how to be elite netminders.

Nabokov, OTOH, has been having a great year but I'm not sold on him as being as good as the Canadian, Swedish, American, Finnish OR Czech starters. His D at the Olympics will not be as good as the Sharks, and much of the opposition will be better than regular NHL fare.


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