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Getzlaf OK To Play

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via a Bob McKenzie tweet,

Jeff Carter has been told his services are not required. Getzlaf on the team

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Olympic Hockey Predictions

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I would love to be able to publish an informed ranking of the twelve teams in the Olympics from first to twelfth, but the weaker teams in the tournament have far too many players on their roster that I either have never seen play or have seen play so rarely that it is hard to make a meaningful assessment of them.  I cannot realistically tell you if Latvia is better than Belarus or vice versa.  As a result, I will list the teams I think are the top five, with a blurb about each.  In a short tournament like the Olympics, upsets will happen.  With a small number of games played, those upsets may be significant and it is unlikely that the teams actually finish with strongest on top, second strongest in second.  There will be variability in the standings.

Here are my top five predictions:

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Stralman Hit On Kane

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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What did you think of the hit?

Did you like what Troy Brouwer did, stepping up and fighting Stralman and earning 19 minutes in penalties? Hawks coach Joel Quenneville did.

“I thought he did exactly what we’d want him to do,” Quenneville said.

Watch the hit below…

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The Top Brothers In The NHL Today

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Stan Fischler tells you who they are.

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Watching Olympic Hockey

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The mens preliminary round starts tomorrow with three games being played Tuesday through Sunday (game times are consistent all week, 3pm, 7:30pm & 11:55pm ET).

See the complete preliminary schedule below or if you have trouble locating USA Network, CNBC and MSNBC on your TV, click here and the channel number will be displayed for your location.

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NHL & Olympic Talk

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Really, really curious to watch Ryan Miller. Aside from last year, his late-season numbers aren’t great. Is he starting to burn out from carrying the Sabres on his back, again?

• Thought Marc Crawford made a really interesting point about the team with the most fluid skaters being in best position to win. His theory: as the players get exhausted in the later rounds, those who expend less energy while striding will have an advantage. He pointed out two Canadians in particular: Scott Niedermayer and Patrice Bergeron.

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Morning Line

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“It’s really amazing to me when people talk about all the pressure the hockey team has.

“I’m watching skiing (and) they fall, and that’s it. All that hard work for a 30-second race.

“Hockey is talked about more, and it’s a sport so many Canadians have a passion for, but I think it’s safe to say that every Olympic athlete has to deal with pressure.

“We’re in Canada, we’ve got the whole country behind us. That’s a pretty great opportunity.”

-Sidney Crosby of Team Canada.  More on Crosby from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.

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The Stage Is Set For The Best Hockey Ever

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

The 2010 Winter Olympics has the ingredients to be the best international hockey tournament ever.

“We have the best environment possible in our 100 years,” said Rene Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the organizing body for the tournament. “If it will be the best tournament, I don’t know. But it is our most important tournament for sure.”

The players and teams involved in playing the 30 games of this tournament will determine if it is the best of the four Olympics that have involved NHL players since the experiment started in Nagano in 1998. But, it is impossible to imagine it not being the case.

Why? Because the best players in the world have all congregated in this city to wage a pitched battle for gold. It should be unforgettable theater.

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Evening Line

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“We’re getting screwed on the schedule because we’re in Canada.  I mean, it makes sense. They want Canada in the prime-time slot.

“Magically, when we play them, we’re in the 4:30 (PT) slot. How did that happen?”

Team USA General Manager Brian Burke.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics.

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Canucks Coach Calls Out His Olympic Players

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

The Canuck coach pointed to fatigue and a less than sterling performance from his big guns as the main contributors to an ugly 6-2 loss to the Wild….

“Today was our third game in three-and-a-half days with a lot of travelling, so I think it’s safe to say there was some fatigue in our game,” Vigneault said. “And we’re like a lot of teams, you need your best players to be at their best and we had quite a few of our guys—a lot of those are our Olympians—who didn’t have a very good game.”

Asked specifically about the play of the Sedin twins, Vigneault said: “I’ll just shrug my shoulders.”

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