SLCC & POCC Preview & Predictions

Reading the title of this post I couldn’t help but think of that scene.                 Anyway, the curling season is well underway. Last weekend saw several events scattered across Canada, with top teams from all over the world sprinkled throughout, while others opted to take the weekend off. This weekend, however, finds most of the top teams in the world at one of two events: the Point Optical Curling Classic (Men) in Saskatoon, and the Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup (Women…obviously) in Stockholm. Given these respective fields, I figured I’d take a shot at handicapping both events. Besides, I need more practice for the NerdCurl vs Twine-Time Challenge.   The Stockholm Ladies Curling Cup features 20 teams playing in 4 pools of 5 teams each, playing one another in round-robin format. The top 2 teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs, which will then follow a typical 8-4-2-1 quarterfinal-semifinal-final-winner format. For a full listing of pools and draws, check out the event website. Action gets underway at 09:00 CET on Friday (02:00 AM CDT/03:00 EDT), and as usual you can follow the action via CurlingZone. The SLCC usually has webstreaming as well, and this year they are teaming up with WorldCurlingTV who will provide coverage of 7 games. There will be a featured game streamed with english commentary for  round-robin draws 2-5, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals...

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