Best asset: Team chemistry
The U.S. doesn't have the flashiest roster, although every member of the team is no slouch in the NHL. It's not as deep on defense as Team Canada or as disciplined as Team Finland. But what the U.S. has is an obvious team chemistry, from defensive pairings to the forward lines—which have remained essentially the same since the puck dropped on its first game of the tournament.
Bringing back many of the same players we saw in Vancouver at the 2010 Games and reuniting some forward combinations while adding newcomers who play together successfully in the NHL—like Toronto Maple Leafs stars Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk—has been magical for the U.S.
Potential downfall: Overconfidence
Things have appeared relatively easy for the U.S.—T.J. Oshie's shootout heroics against Russia notwithstanding—and if the players allow themselves to believe no one can touch them, they could find themselves in the difficult position of crumbling when things get tough or there's a bad bounce.
Who are we kidding? These guys are definitely the favorites now.
Gold-medal odds: 3-2