2010 Olympic Performance: 1st (W) 3-2, United States - Gold Medal
Winnipeg Jets' representation: none
Players to Watch: Sidney Crosby (C), John Tavares (C), Jonathan Toews (C), Shea Weber
Tournament Dark Horse: P.K. Subban
|February 13, 2014||11:00AM||NOR vs. CAN|
|February 14, 2014||11:000AM||AUT vs. CAN|
|February 16, 2014||11:00AM||CAN vs. FIN|
|IN||Martin St. Louis||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|OUT||Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Deepest of them all: Canada has such a wealth of hockey talent at the NHL level that they could legitimately ice two squads and have both favoured to take home the gold. Steve Yzerman's goal in naming this roster was to construct one that featured both an abundance of skill and speed, of which they have in spades. As always, Canada remains a constant favourite to win gold in men's hockey, this year being no exception.
The matchup game: Should Canada claim one of the top seeds through the Preliminary Round, they will be afforded the luxury of playing the match-up game against their opponents in the Relegation Rounds. Being able to use Patrice Bergeron to shadow the opposition's elite will give the Canadians a helpful advantage as the tournament progresses.
Stiff Competion: There is no doubt that the bullseye is placed squarely on the maple leaf crest donning the Canada jerseys. Each and every time they take the ice at the Sochi Games, they will face the best their opposition has to offer. In a single elimination format, Canada will have to earn every win to reach the top of the podium.
Defensive Concerns: Despite their overwhelming amount of talented forwards, Canada does have some issues with skill on their blue-line. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dan Hamhuis have played well in their NHL careers but could be in tough against the best the world has to offer, particularly due to their foot speed. Plus all eyes will be on P.K. Subban as every minor miscue he makes will be analyzed to death.