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|2010-02-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Timo -
what do you think the chances are for Team USA? What do you see as their biggest weakness that might keep them from winning gold?
(robmcangus from Dallas)
|On the surface, it seems like the preliminary round doesn't count for much, but the first overall seed was definitely worth playing for. Without a big stumble in the quarterfinals--a big, big stumble--the first seed basically skips right ahead into the semifinals, giving them a great chance of at least medaling. As that first seed, I'd favor the US to get to the gold medal game, where they'll meet a team that's better than them on paper: Canada, Russia or Sweden. Taking all of that into account, you'd give Team USA as good chances as anyone of winning the gold right now. Their biggest weakness all along has been their defensive corps - losing Paul Martin to injury before the tournament hurt a bit and there are no Brian Leetches left out there (although Brian Rafalski's doing his best impression). I questioned some of the forward choices, but it's all worked out well so far. Legit chance of winning the gold. At this second, I'd mark them down for silver. (Timo Seppa (Hockey))|
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