Team Russia can feel the burden of expectation, but it's also what fuels a nation hoping to recapture glory.
The United States men's Olympic hockey team that will look to avenge a loss in the gold medal game four years ago in Vancouver will feature an almost entirely re-made defensive corps.
The NHL Players' Association implied that having the World Cup of Hockey, alternating with the Olympics every two years, is simply too much to ask of players, and they aren't interested -- at least for 2008.
While different factors play a part in Olympic decisions for the U.S. and Canada, both face the same dilemma of picking the final 23.
Bruins coach Mike Sullivan will replace Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella on the U.S. men's Olympic hockey coaching staff after Tortorella declined the spot, ESPN.com has learned.