Dupont: Keys to Team USA beating Canada

Dupont: Keys to Team USA beating Canada
February 20, 2014, 12:15 am
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Kevin Paul Dupont joins Arbella Early Edition to give his keys to USA beating Canada on Friday.

Team USA meets Canada in the semifinals of the Olympic hockey tournament on Friday. Should the surprising Americans be favored?

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe thinks so.

"No question in my mind the Americans have played the best," he told Andy Gresh on Arbella Early Edition. "They have traction right now. They're excited. They play with grit. Two favorites in my mind, the Finns and the Americans."

Dupont said the Americans cohesiveness is a credit to the way the team was selected.

"They didn'ot pick them on the star system, although they have stars obviously," he said. "It was picked on 'How will the parts play. Who can do certain jobs.' They've done an excellent job of dialing that in."

And, Dupont said, at times, the Candians, have shown a lack of cohesion.

"Some of it Big Cadillac syndrome," Dupont said. "Of the four remaining rosters, Canadians, by far, have the most talent...To me, they don't look excited."