Gator Mike

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  1. At the risk of being a gigantic homer, I wouldn't count the US out of medal contention, either. Think of the forwards the US will be able to put on the ice... Kessel, Kane, Stastny, Brown, Parise, Ryan, Booth, O'Sullivan, Gomez... is it Team Canada? No. But there are a LOT of guys in that group who can skate and shoot and on a large ice surface, that could cause other teams some problems. And they've also got a bunch of defensemen who can skate and transition the puck quickly and accurately - Rafalski, Liles, Suter, Carle, Erik Johnson. I could see the US sitting back and absolutely punishing teams on the counter attack. They've even got three pretty good goalies in Tim Thomas, Rick DiPietro, and Ryan Miller - any of which is able to get hot and win a game or two on their own. I think the US really has a chance to surprise.
  2. Just FYI, but they're currently the 2nd-highest scoring team in the league.