This is one of the most highly anticipated games of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the Men´s hockey semifinal match that places two of the greats against one another in an epic battle. The Canadians are the top seeded and defending Olympic champions but they will really have to be perfect in this game as team USA has proven they deserve the right to be here. Both of these teams are hard hitting defensively oriented groups, they concentrate on countering their opponent but what makes this game even more interesting is that 90% of all the players from both teams are either teammates from the NHL or know each other well from playing on a different squad in that League.
Team Canada has really shown up with their goaltending, that was said to be one of the low points of this team but really they have made the proper choices on both Luongo and Price, they have stepped up and had some huge games. The main focus is almost always on forward Sidney Crosby, one of the best players in the country as well as the NHL he brings not only experience but a scoring ability few can match, he is fast and will try to cut behind the US defenders catching them off guard. Line changes will be key for team Canada as they need fresh legs on the ice as much as possible.
Team USA knows that it has a big wall to climb if they want to see gold; the Canadiens are the defending Olympic winners as well as the country with the most medals ever in this sport. My expectations for the US team is that they will try to wear the Canadiens down with their passing game, moving the puke and skating around, they will have to be aggressive around the net especially in rebounds, something that Canada does not give up easily. I honestly have this game close with Canada scoring in the third period winning it all 2-1.