It is no surprise that Team Sweden will be competing for gold at the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) has Sweden ranked number one in the world and there is no reason why this Swedish team can’t live up to those expectations. The Swedes were eliminated at the 2010 Winter Olympics by team Slovakia and hope to reach the podium, preferably the top, this year behind star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Along with Hank playing in his third Olympic tournament, Ranger’s forward Carl Hagelin is getting his chance to play for his home country of Sweden. Team Sweden has a well-rounded roster and I’m sure the other Rangers’ players, representing their own countries, are not looking forward to facing their goalie from back in New York. Team Sweden has 24 NHL players (out of 25 on the team) on their roster and this is most likely how their line combos will look like for their opening game against the Czech Republic:
Forwards (in no particular numbered order)
Defensive Pairings (again in no particular numbered order)
As you can see, Sweden has elite players in every area and have depth at everything besides their extra goalies. Sweden’s tournament begins tomorrow against the Czech Republic and we will break down every game they play for the entire Olympics.