The Biggest Obstacle for Each 2014 Olympic Hockey Contender

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The Biggest Obstacle for Each 2014 Olympic Hockey Contender
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

As great as most of these Olympic teams are, they are not flawless. Every team has its Achilles heel which can be exploited by well-coached opponents. This year's Gold medal will likely be awarded to whichever team has the greatest understanding of their main weakness, and how it can be overcome.

In this analysis I went team-by-team to find the most significant obstacle standing between each of the seven major medal contenders and the podium. In each case the biggest potential problem was identified, its impact was roughly established, and some suggestions on how to fix it were assembled. 

It's a short tournament, and even a single misstep at the wrong time will be enough to eliminate even the greatest of these teams, potentially even at the hands of a non-contender. Let's begin.

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.

 

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