Olympic Hockey 2014: The Biggest X-Factors to Watch in the Knockout Rounds

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Olympic Hockey 2014: The Biggest X-Factors to Watch in the Knockout Rounds
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The preliminary round of the men's Olympic hockey competition is over, and teams can now prepare for the knockout rounds, where every game counts.

There were some entertaining games, with Russia vs. United States being the highlight of the first round of play.

But fans can now settle in to watch what should be some high-skilled hockey that will feature the best players on the planet as they try to bring some hardware back to their nations.

In no particular order, here are the biggest X-factors to watch for in the knockout rounds.

 

All stats can be found on the International Ice Hockey Federation's Olympics website unless otherwise noted.

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