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Ducks Offer Their Olympic Hockey Predictions

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 1:45 PM PT / News
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Ducks Offer Their Olympic Hockey Predictions
The Ducks have six players competing Friday morning in what promises to be an epic semifinal in the Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia. Teemu Selanne, Sami Vatanen and Team Finland battle Jakob Silfverberg and Sweden (4:30 a.m. PT), while Cam Fowler and Team USA take on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Team Canada (9 a.m. PT) in a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game.

Some of the Ducks who remain back home, and practiced this morning at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE, revealed their picks for the gold medal – as well their patriotism.

Hampus LindholmHampus Lindholm (from Helsingborg, Sweden)
I hope Sweden gets it together and wins against Finland, then take it in the final. I’m taking Sweden all the way. Even if I was American, I’d still go with Sweden because they have cooler jerseys [laughs].


Bryan AllenBryan Allen (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
I have to believe it’s Canada. People say they haven’t had a good tournament, but I think it’s one of those situations where they play good enough to win. You’ve got to believe our country is going to rise to the occasion and go from experience, with winning the gold four years ago. A lot of guys are back. I think they’re the better team. I’m going to go with Canada vs. Sweden. I think they were the early favorite, but you can’t really count the Finns out. They play a good team game.

Matt BeleskeyMatt Beleskey (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
It has to be Canada for me. It’s our pride and joy. I can’t wait. Hopefully we’re in that final game, and I’ll be up at four o’clock watching it. There are lots of bragging rights on the line.


Frederik AndersenFrederik Andersen (Herning, Denmark)
United States. As a goalie, I think [Jonathan] Quick has the ability to steal games for them. It’s my gut feeling that it’s going to come down to goaltending. It’ll be exciting to see. When you see countries so close to one another competing like this, it’s special. Obviously, I don’t have a favorite, but it’ll be cool to see.

Ben LovejoyBen Lovejoy (Concord, New Hampshire)
To be honest, I haven’t watched a ton. A lot of the games have been on very early, and my schedule is a little crazy during the break. I was here the whole time, but I was babysitting for the first time ever.

But just from what I’ve seen, I think the U.S. will be very difficult to beat. They’re playing so well. From every NHL team, they have the player, or the two players, who you hate to play against. They’re fast, they’re physical, they can score, and they can do everything. Every line is full of players who we look at before our games and say, ‘Man, this guy sucks to play against.’ That’s a difficult team to beat.

Bruce Boudreau (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canada prides itself on its hockey. If the Americans lose tomorrow, and as the American women’s team lost today, in a week it won’t be a story. If the Canadians lose, it’s going to be talked about until Korea [site of the 2018 Winter Olympics]. It’s their life.

My mom is 81 years old and she’s asking me if I’m watching the games. She’s glued to the television, as is everybody else that I know. My kids text me after every game is over. They’re average Canadians, which means every other average Canadian is doing the same thing. Besides, the weather has been so bad in Canada, nobody can go out and have fun. They’re inside watching the television.

On bragging rights
You have Hampus versus Saku to start off. Then you have the Americans and Canadians. We pushed our practice back because these guys are so into it and want to watch the game.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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