Every team competing for gold in men's ice hockey at the Sochi Olympics will rely on various aspects of the game to prevent opponents from scoring, from goaltending to defense to special teams. Ultimately, the purpose remains putting the puck in the opponent's net. Offensive depth will be crucial in determining success in this tournament.
Each club has a scoring star to rely upon, from superstars like Canada's Sidney Crosby, the United States' Patrick Kane and Russia's Alexander Ovechkin to notable scorers like Slovakia's Marian Hossa, Austria's Thomas Vanek and Slovenia's Anze Kopitar. Many of these stars will be ably assisted by skilled linemates.
These teams will not only look to their depth in scoring but also their abilities to play a solid two-way game, including focus on defensive aspects such as penalty-killing. Several teams in this tournament will have a distinct depth advantage in skilled talent.
Here's a look at how the offense stacks up for the 12 Men's Ice Hockey teams at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.