Matthew Coller and Ryan Wagman of Hockey Prospectus preview the Olympic hockey play-in round, with a key matchup to watch and a pick for Russia-Norway, Slovenia-Austria, Switzerland-Latvia and Slovakia-Czech Republic.
To preview the Olympic men's hockey tournament, Hockey Prospectus looks at the teams competing in Sochi. In this edition, the lower-tier teams are projected; will a dark horse emerge to surprise with a medal?
Doug McIntyre examines rising U.S. winger Josh Gatt, writing that despite his lack of exposure playing in Norway, the 21-year-old speedster has impressed U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and could, in time, compete for a starting spot on the USMNT.
Using simulations powered by the Soccer Power Index, Albert Larcada breaks down the European League qualifying. Germany is running away with its group, while Norway looks to come out of the most competitive field.
E.J. Hradek breaks down each of Wednesday's Olympic matchups, including Team USA versus Switzerland and what should be an epic clash between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin ... er ... Canada and Russia.