Team Sweden is lurking in the background. While the homestanding Russians, the defending gold medalist Canadians and Team USA are likely to be the most high-profile hockey teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Team Sweden could be in the mix for the gold medal.
Team Sweden has all the tools necessary to give the Russians, Canadians and Americans a run for their money. Sweden did not perform well in 2010, losing to Slovokia in the quarterfinals. That loss should serve as motivation for this proud and excellent team. Team Sweden won the gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
While the NHL waits to give official approval to having its players perform in the Olympics, it would still be a shocker if the league decided against letting its players compete in the Olympic hockey tournament.
Here's our look at the six starters that should take the ice for Team Sweden in the 2014 Olympics.