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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by beachmonkey, Feb 21, 2010.
Here's hoping for a North American gold medal game!
I don't want to jinx it, but with Sweden and Russia out, that's all but a lock at this point.
I certainly don't think USA over Finland is a lock. Far from it. Kiprusoff shut out a good Czech team last night.
So we get a USA vs Canada gold medal game today in the Womens Gold Medal game.
I think it is extremely likely it will be Canada and the US in the mens game too.
And if the USA is the "home" team, as I suspect it will be, that does give them subtle but significant advantages. They have the last change before faceoffs, and the "visiting" Canucks have to place their stick on the ice before the start of the faceoff, making it a little bit easier for the USA centers to win them.
When the olympics are over, I kinda wish the arena they playi n would keep the olympic themed boards Theyre a lot nicer to look at than the standard ad-laden boards in regular NHL games.
AND, in glorious SD on MSNBC. I got the first scheduling ratings and money strategy, but come on, this is for the GOLD medal. I understand Women's hockey is nowhere near as important as Men's hockey but this is the Olympics and only every 4 years. Why not change the broadcast channel to USA HD or CNBC HD or light up MSNBC HD for a few days. Where'd the NFL HD band width go to?
Obviously to more PPV channels.
If only carriage agreements and such were that simple.
Crap - another important USA hockey game parked on MSNBC in SD.
Hoosier - you don't think they could light MSNBC HD now? I'm betting it'll be on as part of the first D12 Festivus.
Kipper is playing great, but so did Hiller. I think the US team has the firepower to take the Fins. I know nothing is certain, but I think it unlikely that the US will drop this game. Now, as to the final on Sunday, I am very afraid of Canada right now.
I don't know. Possibly. I assume it is coming, but i also assume there is a good reason why it didn't go live prior to the Olympics. It could have been for technical reasons or contract related reasons. I have no clue. For me personally...it just makes more sense to assume that they would have added it if they could have...if it had worked out that way. I'm sure they would have preferred to have happy customers rather than all the complaints they have likely received about MSNBC HD.
The US is certainly the favorite, and they should win, but that's a far cry from being a lock. For example, I wouldn't lay 3 to win 1.
I expect another low scoring game.
How did it not meaning anything when Canada had to play an extra game? Just because they beat up on Russia doesn't mean that game wasn't a second game in a back to back, all because they couldn't beat Team USA.
Absolutely. In addition to all the other advantages already mentioned, the extra game in this short timespan could give US the extra edge we need in a tight game down the stretch.
I actually think the extra game helped Canada to give them more offensive reps together.
These guys are so well-conditioned, I don't see having 4 games in 6 days (compared to 3 in 5) as a disadvantage.
Even well conditioned athletes get tired. Having to play an additional game was cited as a possible factor by those who played NHL hockey and should know.
RYAN MILLER might as well be a stone wall, nothings getting by him. USA wins GOLD!
Sure - I just don't see having 4-in-6 being appreciably different than 3-in-5, particularly since the Canadians didn't have to go full tilt deep into their 2 elimination games so far (and probably won't have to tonight).
the way canada just rolled over russia, hard to see them as not being the favorite right now.
Canada has been playing like a tea mthats got something to prove its last few games, and it does. This is a team that was a severe letdown in the preliminary round and has only recently started to find its legs. The way they blew apart the Germans and Russians shows that theyre out for blood at this point.
That said, I still think the USA has a very good chance to win in they meet again. Ryan miller has been more reliable than either of the Canadian goalies. Brodeur went out of his way to look flashy and thats part of what cost Canada the victory in that game, and Luongo is good but he has a reputation of choking. I have personally seen him pulled from two 5-2 losses to the Minnesota Wild in the past month or so, the last one coming in the final game before the Olympic break.
As we get deeper and deeper into the medal round, the pressure is going to get higher and higher for the Canadians. Their country expected them to be perfect throughout the tournament, and instead they are the number six seed and climbing back up the ladder. If their game today is anything but a blowout for Canada, expect some questions from the Canadian media.
At this point tho the US team is sitting pretty good. They're the number one seed with a good warm up game today against a talented Finland team. I dont think they will have too much trouble. Kipprusoff has been good this tournament, but not spectacular. I also dont think the Fins have as much to play for as the US.
Bottom line, the US is still a highly disciplined group with an extremely strong goaltender at their backs while the Canadians are still playing passionate hockey with a potential goalie situation at any moment and a restless crowd to let them have it the moment they make a mistake.