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

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Slovakia Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Projecting 25-Man Roster for Sochi Games
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Zdeno Chara anchors the Slovakian defense.

When the Slovakian team takes the ice at the Olympics in Sochi, they are going to be all business in their effort to get a medal.

That's because this country has never won an Olympic medal in hockey in five previous competitions. They came close in 2010 when Slovakia finished fourth in Vancouver. But fourth is not good enough for Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik.

While the Slovaks may not have the depth to compare with Canada or the United States, Chara and Hossa don't have to take a back seat to anyone in talent. If they are playing at a peak level, the Slovaks are capable of winning any game.

But they will have to face the host nation and the defending silver medalists in early in the tournament, as Russia, the United States and Slovenia join them in Group A.

Let's take a look at a roster projection for Slovakia, predict the best lines/pairings and determine where it will finish in Sochi.

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