Canada vs. Sweden: Line-by-Line Breakdown of 2014 Olympic Gold-Medal Hockey Game

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Canada vs. Sweden: Line-by-Line Breakdown of 2014 Olympic Gold-Medal Hockey Game
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When Canada and Sweden meet on Sunday, it will be a match between the two most dominant teams in modern best-on-best hockey, the two clubs that between them have won all the Olympic gold medals since the Dominik Hasek-led Czechs won in 1998. 

While some North American fans felt the Canada-USA match in the semifinals was equivalent to the gold-medal game, this is in fact the most fitting battle, the ultimate contest between the two teams that have posted the best records against top opponents since the NHL and the IIHF were able to reach an agreement to send the best players in the world to the Olympics.

Who will win this pinnacle bout? That will only be answered by the game itself, but nothing prevents us from going down the rosters and performing a line-by-line comparison to determine who should hold the edge.

Read on to see how the rosters of these two Olympic powers stand up.

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