The official start to the tournament starts today and goes until October 1, but nothing gets a conversation going like an opinion. So let's start.
United States of America
Canada and USA will advance. The Czech and Europe are two of the weaker teams in the tournament, and do not stand a chance against the States or Canadians. Canada will advance to the good medal round. They have more skill and more talent than the gritty United States. The US have already injured guys like Claude Giroux and shook up Logan Couture on team Canada, which hurts the teams but not every team.
Russia and North America advance. The Russians have offensive dominance and great goaltending. Their defense is mediocre, but Finland has mediocre offense and goaltending. And Sweden has phenomenal offense but offense is dying and Lundqvist is slow to start the season. North America is a fast and a young team that lacks the experience to succeed in international tournaments. I think North America takes Russia to go to the gold medal.
In the championship game, Canada takes North America to win the tournament.
What are your thoughts on the World Cup?
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