Wednesday, February 24, 2010

USA vs Swiss Quarters

Team USA and Swiss are about to drop the puck in the quarterfinals. Can the Americans continue their stellar play against a pesky opponent in a trap game? They must be real physical utilizing their size and skill to their advantage. Make it tough on Jonas Hiller, who's fully capable of stealing this game. Continue to get dirty in the trenches and forecheck with the same vigor they did in their upset of Canada.

It would also help if scoreless duo Zach Parise and Patrick Kane found the back of the net. If Ron Wilson's group wants to medal, both must get untracked. The Americans would be wise to stay out of the box. Don't hand Switzerland power plays. Mark Streit anchors it and forwards Roman Wick, Julien Sprunger, Martin Pluss and Hnat Dominchelli are capable of finishing.

The other quarters feature Canada-Russia, Slovakia-Sweden and Czech-Finland. Kudos to heavy underdogs Belarus, Latvia and Norway for making last night's qualifiers edge of your seat thrillers. Both Czech and Slovakia were fortunate to get through. David Krejci saved his country and Zdeno Chara did just enough to keep his country from being forced to sudden death.

Sit back and enjoy today's puck.

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