Olympic Hockey 2014: Gold Medal Odds for Every Team

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Gold Medal Odds for Every Team
Associated Press
Defending champion Canada will get a surprise from Russia.

Russia, it says here, will win the gold medal in men's ice hockey. 

They've got the home-country advantage, they've got Alex Ovechkin in the middle of his best season in years, and they've got Vladimir Putin pulling strings behind the scenes to ensure the Russians will flash gold medals around their necks.

But seriously, the Russians will be super-motivated in Sochi. They will have learned from the embarrassment that was Vancouver in 2010 and atone for it in front of their own people.

Of course, Canada could just run the table with all of that talent, and a handful of other countries, the USA included, have real shots at gold. The following slideshow examines the strengths and weaknesses of every team and lays odds on taking gold.

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