Don't be ridiculous. This topic deserves its own thread. Its the most exciting thing that's happened in hockey in four years.
Thought the U.S. came out soft and passive today. Superior talent and coaching eventually won out.
Canadians out-shot Latvia 54-13, got totally shut-down by a backup goalie, and almost (ALMOST!) embarrassed themselves. (*would've loved to have seen Babcock exposed for the nit-wit he's become)
All that reaalllly scares me on this all-NHL squad that Babcock has effectively neutralized is that Weber-Doughty pairing. Far and away the most dangerous blue-liners the league has seen in the last decade. Outstanding chemistry together. Very scary. And I think the only way we beat them is to beat the hell out of these two, along with Crosby--which goes without saying. US needs to come out hard and fast. FAST and AGGRESSIVE. Canucks gotta be doubting themselves after this last one. Come out hard right off the drop, knock them on their heels, get an early goal or two and pound them into the ground. Keep Perry the h*** off of Quick. Get in Price's face early and often. Rattle that shook bum. Then Quick.. of course, needs to have the game of his life as well.
Don't want to change too much all of the sudden. But Kane is just buried on that second line. Kesler and Parise are not playing very well offensively and its erasing our top talent. I'd LOVE to see Kane freed up on that first line with Brown and Backes. That's a two-goal line. I'd probably chunk Carlson into that idiot Orpik's PT too.
Maybe something like..
Pacioretty-Stastny-Callahan (very limited PT for the 4th line.. I'd mix Callahan in all over the place)
*p.s. - it's ridiculous that Blake Wheeler made this team over Bobby Ryan. And Jack Johnson should probably at least have gotten a shot to battle for a spot.
Edited by blueadams, 19 February 2014 - 03:10 PM.