The Biggest X-Factors in the 2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Semifinals

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The Biggest X-Factors in the 2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Semifinals
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The 2014 Winter Olympic men's hockey semifinals are going to be entertaining, because it will feature two gold-medal rematches. In 2006 Sweden faced Finland, and four years ago Canada went toe to toe with the United States. 

This is the part of the tournament where play tightens up and the slightest of miscues can result in elimination. Heading into the semifinals, goaltending, special teams and depth will play huge dividends. With that in mind, here are the biggest X-factors in the 2014 Winter Olympic men's hockey semifinals.

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