Power Ranking the Best Power-Play Units at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Power Ranking the Best Power-Play Units at the 2014 Winter Olympics
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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will provide a ton of entertainment to NHL fans. The best players in the world will all gather in Russia for just over two weeks to find out who the ultimate hockey superpower is.

The Winter Games are taking place in Europe, which means the international ice surface will be used instead of what we're used to seeing in North America. That will give power-play units a couple of extra feet to work with, making defenders such as Erik Karlsson and Ryan Suter all the more deadly.

International referees also tend to call things a bit differently than NHL officials, and that could lead to an increase in penalties taken. Like any other hockey tournament, a scorching power play can power a team all the way through to a medal.

So which nation has the biggest advantage with the extra man heading to the Olympics in February?

There are 12 nations participating. While none of them will be overlooked during competition, we decided to rank only the power plays of the "superpowers." While Switzerland, Austria, Latvia, Norway and Slovenia are inviting solid players to camp, their power plays won't be able to hold a candle to those of Canada or Sweden.

Also worth noting is that we don't know which players are going to make the teams and which combinations of players the coaches will end up going with on the power play. These are our best projections as to who will be skating on the top units for their respective nations.

All power-play statistics are taken from Yahoo's player pages. All other stats appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com.

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