USA vs. Russia: Preview and Prediction for 2014 Olympic Hockey Game

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USA vs. Russia: Preview and Prediction for 2014 Olympic Hockey Game
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There may be no bigger clash in the group stage of the Sochi Games' men's hockey tournament than this one between the host Russians and Team USA on Saturday.

Russia has some of the biggest offensive weapons, but the U.S. is a very balanced team with more depth than its European counterparts.

They sit first and second, respectively, in Group A action after their first games and both play again Sunday to complete the round-robin action. Only one will come away with a direct route into the quarterfinals. The other has to hope its record is enough to earn the fourth spot or be forced to play a qualifying contest.

Read on for more on each team and what it will take to come away with the advantage, as well as a prediction as to how it will end.

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