Russia Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Projecting 25-Man Roster for Sochi Games

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Russia Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Projecting 25-Man Roster for Sochi Games
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Russia will be under the Olympic spotlight as the host nation at the 2014 Sochi games led by an impressive roster that features several of the world's most talented goal scorers.

Superstars Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin will lead a Russian offense that should score plenty of goals and provide constant excitement for Olympic hockey fans. According to Bovada, the Russians are the favorites to win the gold medal with 11-5 odds.  

But despite the wealth of talent at forward, there are concerns for Russia on the back-end and between the pipes. A lack of experience in these two areas is an issue for the team leading up to Sochi, and it doesn't help that its Group A opponents include two nations capable of winning a medal, the United States and Slovakia.

Let's take a look at some lineup projections, medal predictions and the most important players for Russia as it prepares for the Olympic training camp later this month.

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