The olympic quarterfinals are now all set:
Switzerland vs Sweden
Finland vs United States
Russia vs Canada
Slovakia vs Czech Republic
Sweden will beat Switzerland and I think Finland should defeat the United States but the other two games are some solid rivalry games which will be quite interesting. I think Russia is actually a good draw for the Canadians. Although Russia has only given up 7 goals so far I think their defense and goaltending is a little weaker than some of the other teams and that should bode well for Canada and I think they will pull out a win. Slovakia at 5-0 is a bit of a surprise team so far. No one really expected them to be that good with Budaj, Lasak and Krizan in goal (if you said, never heard of any of them you are probably not alone). The Czech Republic is in the opposite position after having a dissapointing tournament so far and only made worse by the Dominik Hasek injury. Vokoun is a good goalie but he hasn’t played in a pressure situation like this and didn’t look that comfortable in today’s game against Canada. This could be a tough game for the Czech Republic and the Slovaks could upset their former other half of a country.
What do all of you think? Submit your comments and be sure to vote in the poll I just put up in the sidebar to the right.