Olympic Hockey USA vs. Canada: Would Anyone Be Surprised To See a Blowout?

ESPOO, FINLAND - NOVEMBER 19:  Ryan Keller of Espoo Blues (25) scores a goal during the IIHF Champions Hockey League match between Espoo Blues and SC Bern on November 19, 2008 in Espoo, Finland.  (Photo by Matti Matikainen/ Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2010

It's 1:28 pm Eastern time on "Super Sunday" of the Olympic Men's Hockey Tourney.

We are all very much awaiting the premiere event of the day when Team USA tackles with Team Canada. (I think Russia vs. Czech Republic and Sweden vs. Finland are going to be great games as well.)

Has anyone thought at all that the men's hockey game this Sunday at the Olympics where Team USA will take on Team Canada will be a complete blowout?


If we talk and analyze this game beforehand and we are all convinced that each club has certain "keys to the game" needed to achieve victory, then why can't this be a real rout...at least for one team.

Team USA feels very strongly that they have built a men's club that can play with anyone in these Olympics games. They have mentioned that their goal is to win gold.

Team Canada feels very much the same. They are hosting the world on home soil and would love nothing better than to win a gold medal.

So then, what type of game should we expect?

Let's say this much. Each of these teams are in a dog fight today and each one of these teams are poised for a complete blowout. Are you starting to feel like I am totally crazy? I am, thank you very much.

The very thought of a blowout, at least to me, is totally unlikely. The sheer opportunity to score will be limited and it will be up to those who capitalize on them that success will come. 

I believe we are about to witness a great game. I also believe we are about to witness some great coaching. I also believe that Olympic refereeing is unpredictable.

Here's hoping we all enjoy a great game and that leaves us hungry for more. Here's to hoping it's not a blowout.


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