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    ZOI 2014: Hokej

    ZIMSKE OLIMPIJSKE IGRE 2014



    ICE HOCKEY MEN'S TOURNAMENT

    The ice hockey competitions of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be played at two venues located 300 meters from each other in the Olympic Park. The Bolshoy Ice Dome, which seats 12,000, opened in 2012, and will resemble a Fabergé egg. The Shayba Arena, which opened for use in 2013, seats 7,000, and is a moveable structure that will be used after the games in another Russian city. Both venues are international sized (60 meters by 30 meters). 12 teams will compete in the men's tournament. The tournaments will begin on 12 February and concluding on the 23rd.




    The tournament will feature 12 countries, 9 qualifying through the IIHF World Ranking, and 3 through subsequent qualifying tournaments. The format will be the same as 2010, there will be three groups of 4 to determine seeding, with four rounds of elimination games. Each group winner receives a bye into the second round, along with the best second place team. The NHL has agreed to allow its players to participate in the tournament.

    It will be the fith olympic men tournament to feature National Hockey League players.


    RASPORED GRUPA, SATNICA I SISTEM TAKMICENJA

    Preliminary round

    Tiebreak criteria:

    In each group, teams will be ranked according to the following criteria:
    1. number of points (3 points for a regulation time win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win, 1 point for an overtime or shootout defeat, 0 points for a regulation time defeat);
    2. in case two teams are tied on points, the result of their head-to-head match will determine the ranking;
    3. in case three or four teams are tied on points, the following criteria will apply (if, after applying a criterion, only two teams remain tied, the result of their head-to-head match will determine their ranking):
    - points obtained in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    - goal difference in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    - number of goals scored in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    - if three teams remain tied, result of head-to-head matches between each of the teams concerned and the remaining team in the group (points, goal difference, goals scored);
    - place in 2012 IIHF World Ranking.

    GROUP A
    GROUP B
    GROUP C
    RUSSIA AUSTRIA CZECH REPUBLIC
    SLOVENIA CANADA LATVIA
    SLOVAKIA FINLAND SWITZERLAND
    UNITED STATES NORWAY SWEDEN

    DAN
    VREME
    GRUPA
    ARENA
    12/02
    18:00
    C
    CZECH REPUBLIC - SWEDEN
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    12/02
    18:00
    C
    LATVIA - SWITZERLAND
    SHAYBA ARENA
    --
    13/02
    09:00
    B
    FINLAND - AUSTRIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    13/02
    13:30
    A
    RUSSIA - SLOVENIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    13/02
    13:30
    A
    SLOVAKIA - UNITED STATES
    SHAYBA ARENA
    13/02
    18:00
    B
    CANADA - NORWAY
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    --
    14/02
    09:00
    C
    CZECH REPUBLIC - LATVIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    14/02
    13:30
    C
    SWEDEN - SWITZERLAND
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    14/02
    18:00
    B
    CANADA - AUSTRIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    14/02
    18:00
    B
    NORWAY - FINLAND
    SHAYBA ARENA
    --
    15/02
    09:00
    A
    SLOVAKIA - SLOVENIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    15/02
    13:30
    A
    UNITED STATES - RUSSIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    15/02
    18:00
    C
    SWITZERLAND - CZECH REPUBLIC
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    15/02
    18:00
    C
    SWEDEN - LATVIA
    SHAYBA ARENA
    --
    16/02
    09:00
    B
    AUSTRIA - NORWAY
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    16/02
    13:30
    A
    RUSSIA - SLOVAKIA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME
    16/02
    18:00
    A
    SLOVENIA - UNITED STATES
    SHAYBA ARENA
    16/02
    18:00
    B
    FINLAND - CANADA
    BOLSHOY ICE DOME

    Playoff round

    Following the completion of the preliminary round, all teams will be ranked 1D through 12D. To determine this ranking, the following criteria will be used in the order presented:

    - higher position in the group
    - higher number of points
    - better goal difference
    - higher number of goals scored for
    - better 2013 IIHF World Ranking


    Olympic Hockey 2014: Strengths and Weaknesses of Every Team


    The stage is set for the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and who will skate away with the gold medal is anyone’s guess.

    On the biggest stage the world could offer, representatives of 12 nations will be competing for honor, national pride and four years of glory, as the competition runs from Feb. 12–23. With rosters featuring players ranging from national development program teams to those that face off in the National Hockey League on a nightly basis, the level of competition will certainly be comprised of the best of the best.


    Powerhouses and underdogs will collide, utilizing fortitude to win while also exploiting flaws in opponents to seek a competitive edge.

    Who will be the strongest? Who will be the weakest? Who will medal? Who will bow out?

    Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each team set to compete for gold.
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    GROUP A

    Russia


    The Russians looked to be one of the teams to beat in the 2010 Games. Poised for a run at gold, the club stumbled early with an overtime loss to Slovakia. This resulted in a lopsided 7-3 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals, which sent the Russians reeling. Hosting the 2014 Games, the Russian national team will look to feed off of the home-ice advantage as it seeks redemption on the path to the gold medal.

    Strengths: Goaltending
    A common theme for many teams this season, goaltending will serve as the backbone for the Russians. With both Semyon Varlamov and Sergei Bobrovsky playing better-than-stellar hockey since the start of the year, either could step into the crease and carry Russia through the tournament.

    Varlamov went 10-1-1 in January, boasting a mediocre 2.92 goals-against average but a decent .917 save percentage while boosting his Colorado Avalanche up the standings. His retooled game and athletic ability give him a large upside. Bobrovsky has gone 8-2 to start the year and also has managed a 2.25 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage with the Columbus Blue Jackets to boot.

    Offense
    Offense is always one of the strengths of the Russians. For years the nation dominated world play, very nearly setting the standard at the international level. Names like Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Valeri Nichushkin, Nikolai Kulemin and Alex Ovechkin will fill the top lines with offensive threats and more than a few goals.

    "Those guys, they can score the goals," said Varlamov. "We have pretty skilled players on the team."

    Weaknesses: Pressure
    The Russians will use playing on home soil to their advantage, playing in front of friends, family and more. Despite this, the home-ice advantage will also work against them. The pressure to win will be enormous, on scale with that of Canada and perhaps the United States. Russia will not want to disappoint in Sochi, and there will be a lot of eyes and media looking to investigate any mishaps or poor decisions.

    Team Russia will have to block all of this out and focus on the good if there is any chance to medal.

    Depth
    The Russians are teeming with superstars, but the spaces in between them start to stretch thin on the roster. As such, depth appears to be an area of concern. If the top players in the lineup are shut down by solid defensive game plans from the other Olympic hopefuls, is there enough talent to step up and carry the team into the championship game?

    That's the question everyone will be asking from start to finish.


    Slovenia


    Slovenia joins Latvia and Austria as an underdog in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That said, the nation gets a chance to see how it stacks up against the best the world has to offer while providing a glimpse at the development of the country’s game as well.

    Strengths: Element of Surprise
    Slovenia brings an element of surprise with it into Sochi, as it has never participated in the Games before. Despite a last-place finish in the 2013 World Championships, Slovenia has earned a berth to play in Russia and will use its relatively unnoticed lineup and game system to match up with the big dogs.

    Chance to learn
    Slovenia will gain invaluable experience from the Games and can use that as a gauge and a guide when it comes to national development. The chance to shoot on guys like Ryan Miller and Semyon Varlamov and to match up against the likes of Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Alexander Ovechkin will prove to be favorable in the long run.

    Weaknesses: Competition
    Slovenia will certainly learn a lot during the tournament, but it also faces perhaps the heaviest competitive group of all. Tasked with facing Slovakia, Russia and Team USA, the first-year Olympic squad will have an uphill battle throughout the Games.

    Slovenia will have to play against super squads consisting almost entirely of players from the NHL, the top tier of hockey. It must steal points from one of the more reputable clubs if it has any chance of making a dent in the standings and earning a favorable matchup in the qualification round.


    Slovakia


    During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the Slovakian national team made it all the way to the bronze-medal game only to fall to Finland. That doesn’t mean the Games weren’t successful for the club. In fact, upset victories over Russia in the prelims and Sweden in the quarterfinals proved that Slovakia can compete with the best, and you can bet the Slovaks are looking to do it again in Sochi.

    Strengths: Goaltending
    Slovakia has more talent in the NHL than many might realize. With goaltender Jaroslav Halak having a solid season with the St. Louis Blues, the crease is on lockdown for the Slovaks. Halak went 6-2 in January with a .938 save percentage and a 1.92 goals-against average though nine contests.

    Montreal Canadiens backup Peter Budaj will serve as support for Halak, offering the chance to steal a win when giving Halak a game off if needed.

    Firepower
    Slovakia boasts a handful of talented forwards, including Marian Hossa, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Kopecky, Michal Handzus and Marian Gaborik (if healthy). With support from guys like Zdeno Chara, Andrej Meszaros and Andrej Sekera, there will be no lack of points put on the board.

    Weaknesses: Depth
    The way the roster is constructed for Slovakia, depth will play a major factor in determining the outcome of the games. While there certainly is some skill and firepower in place, the gaps in between the superstars and average NHLers are ripe for being picked apart, especially in the early rounds.

    Competition
    Placed in the same group as Team USA and Team Russia, Slovakia will have to overcome its own deficiencies to earn a favorable seed. From there, the national team must rely on clutch play from the better players to steal games in the rounds that matter.


    United States


    Team USA was perfect in the 2010 Games, defeating all comers all the way up until overtime in the gold-medal match. Having lost on a soft goal after playing as the best team in the tournament, the silver medal tasted more like failure than success. The United States will be playing for redemption in Sochi, looking to take home gold for the first time since the 1980 Miracle on Ice.

    Strengths: Offense
    Just like for Canada, the United States is composed of a veritable dream team of NHL players. Shedding their team names and systems to unite for their country, the Americans will need to overcome strong goaltending—especially from Russia—early and consistently if they stand any chance at a medal.

    Guys like Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie and Paul Stastny will certainly help in that regard. The game plan will require the forwards to score early and score often while also locking down the defensive end of things.

    Defense
    The blueliners for the United States will need to be as strong on the ice as they look on paper if the U.S. is to go anywhere. There are a number of guys that will log long minutes, including Ryan Suter—who should be accustomed to this by now—in hopes of keeping the puck at the other end of the ice.

    Weaknesses: Goaltending
    Depending on the day, the goalie situation for the Americans can be considered a strength or a weakness. Boasting Ryan Miller, Jonathon Quick and Jimmy Howard, one would think that the U.S. is stacked in the crease.

    The performance in net remains to be seen, though, as both Quick and Howard have dealt with injury this season, and Miller has been tasked with backstopping arguably the worst team in the NHL. Adversity could work to the advantage of those in net, serving to inspire and motivate. But it could also have the opposite effect, breaking them down early.

    The Circus
    One look at the fantastic opus drafted by ESPN’s Scott Burnside and anyone can tell that there will be no lack of drama surrounding Team USA this month. An report on the selection process of USA Hockey, the work drew immediate reaction from players, media members and the USA Hockey executives themselves following its release.

    With the skill of players in question, the retelling of how dreams played a part in decisions and a few unflattering remarks recounted, Team USA was already apologizing well before the taking the ice. The media circus will continue in Russia and could prove a hefty distraction.
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    GROUP B:

    Austria


    The Austrians have qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time since a 12th-place finish at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. On the outside and looking in for the last two tournaments, the national team finally has a chance at playing against the best the world has to offer. Having knocked out Germany in the process, eyes will be on Austria to see what the nation has to offer.

    Strengths: NHL Talent
    Austria will have to lean heavily on its more experienced players, namely those with NHL experience, if it stands any chance against some of the more dominant teams in the Games. Thomas Vanek is the most notable of those, having posted eight straight seasons of 20 or more goals. Vanek will be called upon to shoulder the workload on offense with the hopes that he is able to shake off strong defense from his opponents.

    Joining Vanek is fellow New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner. Despite a less consistent showing in the NHL, Grabner knows how to find the back of the net and will help his teammates improve while also adding some depth to the roster. Michael Raffl and Thomas Pock round out the list of guys with NHL experience, current or otherwise.

    Weaknesses: Competition
    The obvious obstacle in the path to a good seed in the qualification round is Canada. Unless there is an epic meltdown, the Canadians will be the toughest team in Group B. That isn't to say that Finland and Norway won't be stiff competition for the Austrians - they will.

    Still, Austria could squeak out a win over the Norwegians if the on-ice product comes together the right way. Finland will be tougher but is also beatable. If Austria manages to steal two games, that will put it in a favorable spot come the qualification round, which is largely the first game that truly matters.


    Canada


    Perhaps the only team with more pressure than Canada to succeed in the men’s hockey tournament is Russia, the host nation. Every loss on the world stage is a slight to the country that boasts hockey as the national pastime. Having taken home the gold medal in the last Olympics—as the host—Canada is of course looking to establish dominance with a repeat.

    Strengths: Offense
    The Canadian team has been carefully crafted from a pool of acceptable talent with a specific focus in mind. Names like Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Rick Nash, Patrick Marleau and Matt Duchene comprise possibly the strongest unit in the tournament.

    The buck doesn’t stop at scoring goals, either. According to comments made to The Canadian Press (via CBC.com), a well-rounded game is just the kind of thing that Hockey Canada general manager Steve Yzerman is looking for.

    "I really like our group up front," he said. "We have a whole bunch of guys that can skate, move the puck, are really dangerous offensively but understand how the game's supposed to be played with and without the puck.”

    Defense
    The way the forwards will be expected to play, the defensive unit will have all the help it can handle and then some. Comprised of the best that Canada has to offer, the blue line will be about as porous as a rock and just as solid as well.

    Add to that the ability to pitch in offensively, and Hockey Canada becomes quite the foe for all.

    Weaknesses: Goaltending
    Despite taking home a gold medal on the strength of stellar goalkeeping in the final of the 2010 Games, Roberto Luongo may see his starting role dissipate due to injuries and substandard play lowering his stock. Carey Price hasn’t been much better, as his Montreal Canadiens have been struggling just as much.

    Keep an eye on this as the biggest chink in Canada’s shiny armor.

    Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene offers up a different perspective.

    “I don’t see many weaknesses,” said Duchene. “The only weakness I can see is that we don’t play on big ice year round, and it might be a bit of an adjustment, but we have a hell of a team. It’s kind of gold or bust, I guess.”


    Finland


    Finland had a fantastic run in the 2010 Games that culminated in a bronze medal with a victory over Slovakia. Utilizing a mix of veteran experience, superb goaltending and offensive punch, the national team is poised to make another splash at the 2014 Olympics.

    Strengths: Goaltending
    Kari Lehtonen. Antti Niemi. Tuukka Rask. Any one of those players could start in net and carry Finland through to the promised land. Despite an up-and-down January, Rask has been fantastic for the Boston Bruins, one of the most dominant teams in the Eastern Conference, and is poised to own the majority of starts in Sochi.

    Niemi has gone 7-3 for the San Jose Sharks to start 2014 and is more than capable of coming in for a game or two and keeping the score close. Should Rask falter, the 30-year-old Stanley Cup champ has a proven track record of solid play.

    Offense
    Aside from three outstanding netminders, the Finnish team has just a forward or two that has spent time burning holes in the scoresheet. Valtteri Filppula, Jussi and Olli Jokinen and Teemu Selanne are more than proven snipers and will make for quite a challenge to opposing defenses.

    Add young guns Aleksander Barkov and Mikael Granlund to the mix, and Finland is stacked up front.

    Weaknesses: Defense
    The biggest area for exploit when playing the Finns is easily the defensive unit. Aside from Olli Maata and Kimmo Timmonen, the Finns have a mediocre defense at best. While former NHLer Ossi Vaananen makes half of a so-so second pairing, the remaining names leave something to be desired.

    Yes, the goaltending is solid, but a keeper is only as good as his support, and Finland will have to compensate to make up for the lack of a strong blue line.


    Norway


    Norway is a middle-of-the-pack club that had quite the unlucky grouping in the last tournament. This time around, the division is more suited to Norway’s abilities—with the exception of Canada—and the less hockey-dominant Scandinavian nation is looking to improve on a qualification-round knockout in 2010.

    Strengths: Zuccarello
    The biggest name on the Norway roster, Mats Zuccarello is tasked with leading the offensive charge for Norway. Having put six goals and five assists on the scoresheet in 15 games in January for the New York Rangers, Zuccarello will be important to Norway’s success.

    With loads of international hockey experience, Zuccarello is no stranger to the tough task of tournaments like this. His experience will be valuable to his national team.

    Weaknesses: Defense
    Despite the presence of two guys—Jonas Holos and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen—with NHL experience, the Norwegian defense is a weak link for the club. There will be a lot of firepower coming from teams like Canada and Finland, and the ability to stop the onslaught will be the difference between going deeper in the tournament and and struggling to get out of the first round.

    Goaltending
    Lars Haugen appears to the be starter for the Norwegians, given he has the majority of professional experience. Haugen has struggled this season in the KHL, despite playing for the league-leading Dinamo Minsk, and will have to play much better if his team is to compete on the world stage.

    Haugen has support in up-and-comers Lars Volden and Steffen Soberg, and either one could step in as an unknown and steal a game.
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    GROUP C:

    Czech Republic


    Comprised of wily veterans and young national leaguers, the Czech Republic features one of the most widely varied rosters in the Games. Considered a nation in decline when it comes to hockey development, according to many, including Tom Thompson of The Hockey News, the Czechs have the mounting pressure of remaining relevant in the hockey world to compete with as well.

    Strengths: Experience
    There is no dearth of veteran leadership on the Czech roster. Battle-hardened players including the 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr and 40-year-old former NHLer Peter Nedved will have plenty to pass along to the lesser-traveled guys on the squad. Combined with talent like Tomas Plekanec, Ales Hemsky, Patrik Elias and David Krejci, their wisdom could prove valuable enough to surprise quite a few teams.

    When asked his thoughts on the team, Czech snub and Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda agreed.

    "Overall forwards," he said. "Offensive power is great."

    Weaknesses: Goaltending
    The presumed starter would be Ondrej Pavelec, the lone goalie playing in the NHL at this time. Except Pavelec isn't having the kind of season that would put him far ahead of the competition in net. Having gone 6-5 in the month of January, Pavelec finished the Olympic warm-up with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.

    That kind of performance won't cut it with two other keepers having better seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, leaving a large question mark over the crease.

    Decision-making
    This one is on the organization and not the players. More than a few important names were left off the list when the roster was announced, including NHL forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Jiri Hudler and Radim Vrbata, and defensemen Roman Polak and Jan Hejda.

    With the decision to add national team members in place of NHL players, there's no telling how the team will hold up when the competition starts.


    Latvia


    The Latvian national team has perhaps the biggest hill to climb in the 2014 Winter Olympics. It didn't win a single game during the Vancouver Games and will have to prove itself against the big dogs again this year. Boasting a blue line bolstered with the experience of former Stanley Cup champion Sandis Ozolinsh, the Latvians look to continue developing on the world stage.

    Strengths: Surprise
    The element of surprise is the biggest thing that the Latvians have going entering Russia. Nobody expects them to put up much of a fight, and that makes Latvia dangerous. Lessened expectations frees the team up to focus on doing what it does best, and that could bring wins with it. More than a few nations managed a big upset against a powerhouse in 2010, and Latvia aims to do just that, using the tournament to gauge progress on a national level.

    Coaching
    Team Latvia is being helmed by Ted Nolan, the man currently tasked with salvaging the Buffalo Sabres' season. Nolan has been behind the Latvian bench for a few years now and certainly has a feel for the direction his club is headed. No stranger to adversity, Nolan will have his work cut out for him but can use his years of professional hockey experience to sculpt a competitive group.

    Weaknesses: Offense
    The Latvians managed just six goals through five games in the last Olympics. The pace was only slightly better in the World Championships, where the men averaged two goals a game. They won just two out of seven contests in that time. Unless Latvia figures out a way to start outscoring opponents, which includes finding a way beat NHL-caliber netminders, there won't be any shot at a medal.

    Depth
    The clubs to beat this year, as it has been for a while now, are essentially NHL dream teams, amalgamated with as much talent from the best league in the world as possible. Latvia has a few NHL dropouts and a smattering of current KHL players in the mix, along with current NHLer Zemgus Girgensons, from the Buffalo Sabres. The gaps in the level of talent will work against Latvia throughout the Games.


    Switzerland


    The Swiss team is one of the clubs to really keep an eye on during the Games in Sochi. A surprise to everyone last summer, Switzerland stormed the World Championships, winning every game save for the championship match. Knocking the Czech Republic and the United States out of the tournament on the way to a silver medal, the Swiss are looking to do the same in Russia.

    Strengths: Goaltending
    A make-or-break component for each and every squad playing in the 2014 Olympic Games, goaltending is at the core of what will make the Swiss so successful. Jonas Hiller is the key piece of the puzzle for Switzerland. Playing on the best team in the NHL, Hiller has been a force to be reckoned with in North America. The 31-year-old brick wall went 6-3 in January and will bring that edge with him to Sochi.

    Add rookie NHL keeper Reto Berra to the mix, and the goaltending situation could be one of the best in the Games. Berra went 4-0 in the 2013 World Championships, allowing just four goals in that span. Despite a rough introduction to the world of the NHL, the 27-year-old Berra has plenty to offer his country in support of Hiller.

    Chemistry
    There have been relatively few changes to the Swiss lineup since the success of the 2013 World Championships, meaning the core of the group is intact and ready to continue moving ahead. Often overlooked, the Swiss will command the attention of the so-called powerhouse clubs when the puck drops.

    Weaknesses: Offense
    With every club gearing up with the best goalies they can find, the ability to score goals is going to be the second-most important trait of any team looking to medal this time around. For Switzerland, the forward lineup is littered with Swiss leaguers. While other clubs are loading up with all of the NHL talent they can hold, the Swiss are relying on the ability to step up and adapt.

    Until they prove otherwise, the Swiss forwards will be the weakest link on the team.


    Sweden


    Just like in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Team Sweden is poised for big things. Always a contender, the Swedish team took gold at the far-inferior World Championships last summer and only improved the roster with the addition of more NHL talent.

    Strengths: Offense
    There’s no shortage of firepower for Sweden entering the Games. Five players in the lineup (Niklas Backstrom, Alexander Steen, Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Gabriel Landeskog) have 40 or more points in the NHL, and that will prove tough to shutdown.

    The full-frontal assault spans multiple lines, with Sweden looking to take the lead early while shutting things down in its own blue paint. If the club can get a couple of quick ones on the board, there’s no telling how many teams it can knock off on the way to the medal round.

    Goaltending
    Henrik Lundqvist returns to the world tournament hot as can be. He went 8-3-1 in January and is looking to pick up where he left off in 2010. Lundqvist had two shutouts in his first two contests in Vancouver and is capable of stealing games for the Swedes when called upon.

    Jonas Enroth will be Hank’s backup in the games and is more than capable should the need arise.

    "I think, for a tournament like this, I think goalie's going to be huge. You need a red-hot goalie," said Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog of his national team. "We've got Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best players in the league."

    Weaknesses: Pressure
    The Swedes were primed for quite the run in 2010 before a surprise knockout from Slovakia sent them home early. Despite taking the gold last summer in the World Championships, the stigma of an early collapse will follow Team Sweden into Russia. The national team has to compete against its own ghosts if it has any hope of a medal.

    Chemistry
    Twelve players have been added since the summer event, drastically changing the makeup of the lineup for the bigger Olympic challenge. With NHL guys pouring in from an assortment of different clubs with varying game systems, the challenge will be to adapt to the strategy employed by the coaching staff in a short amount of time, honing an acceptable game in the preliminary rounds for a push through to the end.
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    Kao i na ZOI 2006, navijacu za Svedjane. 2010 nisam gledao, izgubio sam tada interes za zimskim sportovima pa nisam ni rezultate ispratio.
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    Posto sad imamo temu

    Gustav Nyquist named to Swedish Olympic team as Johan Franzen's replacement
    Steta sto je Mule morao da odustane. Ali Wings-i odma nadju zamjenu Nyquist je u vrhunskoj formi trenutno i ne sumnjam da ce se dobro snaci u Sociju

    Naravno, navija se za bracu Svedjane






    ZOI su uvijek bile mac sa dvije ostrice za timove poput Red Wings-a. Ove sezone i onako nemamo sanse za Stanley tako da se ne brinem. Samo da igraci budu dovoljno zdravi i odmorni da se izbori PO... cisto da se ne prekida niz



    Bilo bi lijepo da se jos neko ukljuci u diskusiju jer samo Maric, Petar i ja pratimo, pa nam je malo dosadno
    Izmenio/la Powerslave; 04.02.2014 u 17:25.

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    E sad da vidimo ko upada u tim.


    Bovada Olympic hockey odds:

    Canada 2/1
    Russia 9/4
    Sweden 9/2
    USA 6/1
    Finland 11/1
    Czech Republic 12/1
    Switzerland 33/1
    Slovakia 40/1
    Norway 200/1
    Latvia 400/1
    Austria 1000/1
    Slovenia 1000/1


    Izasle su i kvote za najboljeg strijelca. Ovo je top 10:

    Ovechkin 6/1
    Stamkos 8/1
    Crosby 9/1
    Kane 10/1
    Tavares 11/1
    Malkin 12/1
    Kovalchuk 12/1
    Perry 14/1
    Daniel Sedin 14/1
    Nash 14/1
    Parise 14/1

    Kessel nije u top 10? Ne racunajuci Stamkosa, na listi ih je 10

    A Datsyuk je na 28/1. Dugo je bio povrijedjen pa ne znam kakav ce biti, ali za kockare je ovo prava kvota

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    Šta su ovo Česi uradili sa sastavom, dedica Nedved u ekipi, a koga sve nisu pozvali

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    Ima ofucanih igraca u timu tipa Nedved i jos jednom i nekih dotrajalih kao sto su Novotny, Elias, Hemsky...

    Jiri Hudler,Radim Vrbata, Jan Hejda, Jakub Kindl... Roman Polak, Tomas Fleischmann, Michal Neuvirth izgleda nisu dovoljno dobri. Ali su tu Michal Barinka, Lukas Krajicek... Tomas Kaberle.

    Imaju duboku odbranu, ali je dosta stara. Golmani(mozda i najbitnije) su im bezveze i to ih moze skupo kostati.

    Napad je solidan. Jagr, Elias, Plekanec, Voracek, Krejci...

    Ne znam. Ovako na papiru i kad se uzme u obzir broj veterana i cudne odluke u vezi sastava, reklo bi se da nece nista napraviti... ali kako god ovaj tim izgledao ipak je tu dosta NHL igraca. Cesku sam uvijek postovao i uvijek su bili konkurent za medalju. Ili ce napraviti iznenadjenje(svakako ne zlato) ili ce dobro puci. Realno, mogu do cetvrtog mjesta. Zasto da ne


    Planirao sam da napisem nesto detaljnije o Svedjanima, pa ocekujte neki "opis" sjutra ili preksjutra. Naravno, sve subjektivno

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    Henrik Sedin ipak nece igrati. J*bem ti povrede. Veliki udarac za Svedsku Ocekuje se da njegova zamjena bude Marcus Johansson, Patric Hornqvist ili Mikael Backlund.

    Potvrdjeno je ono sto se manje-vise znalo... da ni Marian Gaborik nece nastupiti za Slovacku. Prica se da ce ga zamijeniti Branko Radivojevic.

    Martin St. Louis mijenja Stamkosa Konacno.



    Potrudili se Norvezani

    Lars Haugen


    Lars Volden


    Steffen Soberg
    Izmenio/la Powerslave; 07.02.2014 u 19:12.

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    Marcus Johansson ga mijenja.

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    Eto tako Jbg, nisam citao nista od jutros pa ne vidjeh.

    Jedva cekam prvu utakmicu, da vidim konacne linije. To mi je uvijek bilo najmilije kad su OI... toliko dobih igraca se okupi. I onda ja sam sa sobom sastavljam linije, onako odusevljen, kao dijete u prodavnici igracaka

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    Koivu i Filppula ocekivano out, Jarkko Immonen i Sakari Salminen in.



    A Zdeno Chara je morao da nabavi produzetak za krevet



    The tallest flag-bearer of them all has arrived in Sochi, Russia. Welcome Zdeno Chara.


    Zdeno i Kirsten Moore-Towers


    sa njenog twittera
    Ran into Zdeno Chara today. Couldn't resist taking a picture
    Inace, hokejasi su jednoglasno trazili da budu u olimpijskom selu i da imaju isti tretman kao i svi ostali ucesnici
    Izmenio/la Powerslave; 08.02.2014 u 02:06.

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    Sweden
    Nickname: Tre Kronor (Three Crowns)


    Olympic History

    Gold: 2 (1994, 2006)

    Silver: 2 (1928, 1964)

    Bronze: 4 (1952, 1980, 1984, 1988)

    Head Coach: Pär Mårts - Preuzeo tim 2010. Vec 2011. srebro na WC u Slovackoj i naravno zlato prosle godine u Stokholmu.
    Assistants: Peter Popovic, Rikard Gronborg.


    Golmani

    1. Henrik Lundqvist - Vjerovatno najbolji golman na svijetu. Ovdje Svedjani imaju prednost u odnosu na ostale konkurente za zlato. I ako je imao ocajan pocetak sezone, Henrik u 2014. ima ucinak 1.85/.938 sto ce reci da je spreman
    2. Jonas Gustavsson - 13-4-3 ucinak i to kao zamjena za Howarda.
    3. Jhonas Enroth- tu je zbog odlicnih partija na WC-u.

    Odbrana

    Left: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alexander Edler
    Right: Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya, Henrik Tallinder

    Istim redom bi trebali da idu i parovi u odbrani.

    Sjajni Erik Karlsson(23) i Oliver Ekman-Larsson(22) su vec glavni odbrambeni igraci reprezentacije i ako su jos uvijek na pocetku karijere. Tu su Jonathan Ericssoni Niklas Kronwall, najbolji odbrambeni dvojac Detroita, a tu je i dvojac iz Cikaga, Niklas Hjalmarsson i Johnny Oduya. Tu je i iskusni Henrik Tallinder koji ce vjerovatno imati najmanju minutazu i Alexander Edler koji zbog suspenzije nece igrati prva dva meca.

    Odlican spoj mladosti i iskustva. Ova odbrana ima potencijal da bude najbolja na turniru sto se tice ofanzive.


    Napad

    Left: Daniel Sedin, Alexander Steen, Carl Hagelin, Gabriel Landeskog, Jimmie Ericsson
    Center: Nicklas Backstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrik Berglund, Marcus Johansson, Marcus Krüger
    Right: Loui Eriksson, Daniel Alfredsson, Gustav Nyquist, Jakob Silfverberg

    Nema Henrik Sedina pa to mijenja dosta toga sto se kombinacija tice. Na raznim sajtovima se mogu naci projekcije napadackih linija, ali bolje da sacekamo prvu utakmicu

    Ono sto koci ovaj tim su povrede. Svedska je izgubila dva veoma bitna igraca jer su Henrik Sedin i Johan Franzen morali da odustanu. Henrik Zetterberg i Jonathan Ericsson su se skoro oporavili, isto tako i Loui Eriksson,Alexander Steen i Alex Edler. Pitanje je hoce li svi igraci moci da pruze svojih 100%.

    Igraci na koje treba obratiti paznju su Henrik Lundqvist, Nicklas Backstrom i Henrik Zetterberg. Potenijalni ubica Gustav Nyquist

    Svedsku krasi mobilna odbrana i dobra kontrola paka u svim linijama, tako da im veci led odgovara. Cisto da se podsjetimo da je, kada se poslednji put igralo na velikom ledu(2006.), upravo Svedska uzela zlato. Ako se na to doda i zlato iz Stokholma i kolicina talenta u ovom timu, onda je jasno da je Svedska ozbiljan konkurent za zlato. Prednost Svedjana je sto nisu pod pritiskom kao Kanadjani od kojih se uvijek ocekuje zlato ili kao Rusi koji moraju da se dokazu u svojoj zemlji. U grupi su sa Svajcarskom, Ceskom i Letonijom. Vjerujem da ce osvojiti grupu bez vecih muka.


    Ako mene pitate, stavite pare na Svedsku

    Izmenio/la Powerslave; 08.02.2014 u 15:29.

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