USA-Canada Preview and Analysis

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIFebruary 28, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 26:  Phil Kessel #81 of the United States smiles after Team USA's 6-1 victory during the ice hockey men's semifinal game between the United States and Finland on day 15 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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It’s the match-up that every hockey fan has wanted to see since the beginning of the 2010 Olympics: Canada vs. the United States.

The Americans beat the Canadians earlier in the tournament, but that doesn’t mean a thing now. Hockey, to Canada, is like soccer to Europeans. They live and die for it. So whatever happened in the past, is in the past and should be forgotten. 

Canada is coming with a vengeance. The Americas shocked them on their own ice a week ago today, but you better believe the Canadians won’t let that happen again. The Canadians have everything on their side today. Home ice, the stacked roster, and the will to win gold on their home turf. 

It’s going to be very hard for the Americans to beat the Canadians for a second time, but if there was a dark horse team that could do it, it’d be the Americans. Labeled as the underdog at the beginning of the tournament, the Americans have shocked the world and have become the team to look out for. Now they are where they said they would be. 

Both teams are at the end of the road. Now who’s going to reach out and grab the gold? 

The biggest factor for the USA will be Ryan Miller. He’s been great all tournament long, but this is the big day for him. The biggest factor for Canada will be having their forwards, including Sidney Crosby, crash the net early. They have to come in hot, just like the Americans did with them a week ago. 

Ultimately, the talent and motivation of the Canadians will probably prove to be too much for the Americans to overcome. 

Prediction: Canada 3 - U.S. 2