Gold Medal Matchup: Who Will Face Sweden?

St. Louis Blues forwards Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen helped propel Team Sweden into the gold medal game to be held Sunday in Sochi and now await their opponent, the winner of today’s USA-Canada tilt. Which team do you think the Swedes match-up against better?

Does the speed and deep defense of Team Canada give them an edge over Sweden’s relatively older group of forwards? A number of Swedish defensemen are very familiar with some of Team USA’s biggest hitting forwards, including David Backes. Would that help them overcome the strong American forecheck?

Canada leads 1-0 in the 2nd period today and the action has been up-tempo, with Canada getting the better of the scoring chances and Jonathan Quick keeping Team USA in the game. Which goaltending pair would present a bigger challenge to scoring in the gold medal game: Henrik Lundqvist versus Quick, or the Ranger netminder up against Carey Price for Team Canada?

Questions abound but I guarantee you neither the Canadians or Americans are looking ahead to Sunday’s game yet. The focus is all about today and a bitter rivalry with continental bragging rights at stake.


Tags: David Backes Patrik Berglund Sochi Olympics St. Louis Blues

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