To preview the Olympic men's hockey tournament, Hockey Prospectus previews and projects the top contenders. Team Canada has a vast array of star power, but has challenges to overcome in order to take home the gold medal.
The Olympic ending could not have been better for the NHL, with the U.S. and Canada in the final and Crosby's Stanley Cup champion Penguins playing U.S. goalie Ryan Miller's Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, when most teams are back in action.
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.