USA vs. Russia: Line-by-Line Breakdown for 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Game

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USA vs. Russia: Line-by-Line Breakdown for 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Game
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When the United States and Russia meet in group play on Saturday, it will be a clash of medal contenders and the only game between two members of international hockey's "big four" prior to the start of the Winter Olympics' elimination games.

Which team holds the advantage?

One way to answer that question is to compare the two clubs' rosters position by position, based on the lines they used in Olympic action on Thursday. That's precisely the aim of this piece: to compare the two teams' lines and establish who, on paper at least, should be favoured to come away with a victory.

Read on for this comparison of Russia and the United States. 

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