There's probably going to be fewer than 10 players in Sochi who have won two Olympic medals in their careers, and there's a good chance that almost all of them could be on Finland. Koivu, Olli Jokinen, Lydman, Timonen, Selanne, Salo and Backstrom (if he makes the team) could all win their third Olympic medals in Sochi.
The experience and leadership that these players provide will be valuable components to the team's success in Sochi. Finland has a tremendous combination of veteran leaders with medal-winning experience and young players eager to prove themselves on the international stage.
Exceptional Goaltending Depth
Finland has more goaltending talent and depth than any other nation that qualified for Sochi. The Scandinavian country has three No. 1 goaltenders with Niemi, Rask and Rinne all capable of leading the team to the medal stand.
In fact, there's a strong chance that the Fins' third-string goalie, regardless of who plays that role, will be better than nearly every other No. 1 goalie in the tournament.
Quality goaltending is one common denominator among all gold-medal-winning teams, and it's why Finland has a good chance to take home the top prize at the 2014 Olympics despite having less offensive firepower and defensive talent than the other gold-medal contenders.
Lack of Elite Talent on Blue Line
Finland doesn't have the same depth and talent on the blue line that it did when the team won silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010. Even though the goaltending is as good as it's ever been for the Finnish team, it would be unfair to think that Niemi, Rask or Rinne can lead the team to the gold medal if they have to make too many world-class saves at this tournament.
Finland will need a great tournament from veterans such as Timonen and Salo to accomplish its goal, which is a lot to ask of players who are nearing the end of their professional careers.
Finland will be forced to win a lot of close games in Sochi because it doesn't have the scoring depth to win high-scoring matchups. No one on the Fins' Olympic camp roster tallied more than 40 points or 15 goals in the NHL during the 2013 season.
This situation is going to put the goaltenders under a lot of pressure to be mistake-free, which is not an ideal situation because Rask, Rinne or Niemi will already have to deal with the pressure of being a No. 1 goalie on the Olympic stage for the first time.