Canada vs. Latvia: Preview and Prediction for 2014 Olympic Hockey Game

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Canada vs. Latvia: Preview and Prediction for 2014 Olympic Hockey Game
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On one hand is a country for which any result besides the gold medal will represent extreme disappointment. On the other is a country that, thanks to a dramatic upset victory over Switzerland, has already surpassed its best result in history simply by making it as far as the quarterfinals.

While the likely conclusion to any game between Canada and Latvia might seem self-evident, heavy favorites have been upset before.

In 2002, Canada may not have won gold if not for the fact that a dominant Swedish team fell to lowly Belarus in the quarterfinals. Could Latvia do to Canada what Belarus did to Sweden?

Read on for viewing information, starting lineups and what Latvia needs to do if it is to accomplish the unthinkable.

 

Statistics are courtesy of IIHF.com and EliteProspects.com and current through Feb. 18 unless otherwise noted.

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