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Ducks Offer Their Olympic Hockey Predictions

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 4:45 PM / News
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Ducks Offer Their Olympic Hockey Predictions
Some of the Ducks who remain back home, and practiced this morning at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE, revealed their picks for the Olympic gold medal \u2013 as well their patriotism.
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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 34 22 7 5 99 90 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 33 10 25 7 35
R. Kesler 34 11 15 0 26
S. Vatanen 34 9 15 2 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 34 15 3 12 18
C. Fowler 33 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 34 4 12 6 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 26 2 12 -6 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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