There's nothing I can say or write that hasn't been muttered or written by someone else. I can't break this game down into systems or skill sets. Simply put: this should be a beauty. The Gold Medal Game at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships is set to be a beauty, and I am pumped as Canada attempts to win their fifth gold medal in a row, and 15th in the history of the tournament.
Now, I'll probably take some heck for putting Sweden as the top-ranked team on that picture, and that's fine. They have the best goaltending statistically, have taken the lest number of penalties, and have the best penalty-killing unit. Defence wins championships, but all those clichés fly out the window tonight in Ottawa.
Canada has the best scoring efficiency (total goals compared to total shots), the best powerplay in the tournament, and have that little advantage called THE FANS. However, defence wins championships, and Canada has to be better than they were against the Russians in the semi-final.
Buckle in for the rematch from last year's gold medal game. This one should have a ton of skill, a lot of hits, and some spectacular goaltending. If you're a hockey fan, this is one game you do not want to miss.
Until after the gold medals have been awarded, keep your sticks on the ice!