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About Group C - 02-11-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The following is a brief preview of the the men's teams in Group B of the Olympic tournament.

Note: Each player is listed with their team, league (with what country that league is based in) and statistics in previous Olympic, IIHF World Championships, World Cup and Canada Cup tournaments combined:


Czech Republic

Previous Olympics: Seventh place - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Gold medal - 1998, Nagano.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
9 Milan Michalek Ottawa Senators (NHL) 26 9-4-13
10 Roman Cervenka SKA St. Petersburg (KHL - Russia) 30 7-10-17
11 Martin Hanzal Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) 14 1-6-7
12 Jiri Novotny Lev Prague (KHL - Russia) 49 7-10-17
14 Tomas Plekanec Montreal Candiens (NHL) 52 16-23-39
18 Ondrej Palat Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) - -
26 Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils (NHL) 37 19-13-32
46 David Krejci Boston Bruins (NHL) 20 5-5-10
67 Michael Frolik Winnipeg Jets (NHL) 19 5-3-8
68 Jaromir Jagr (above) New Jersey Devils (NHL) 96 25-47-82
83 Ales Hemsky Edmonton Oilers (NHL) 32 10-9-19
89 Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) 26 2-10-12
91 Martin Erat Washington Capitals (NHL) 34 9-12-21
93 Petr Nedved Bili Tygri Liberec
(ELH - Czech Republic)
20 8-4-12

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
2 Marek Zidlicky New Jersey Devils (NHL) 58 11-24-35
3 Radko Gudas Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) - -
5 Ladislav Smid Calgary Flames (NHL) 14 0-3-3
7 Tomas Kaberle Rytiri Kladno (ELH - Czech Republic) 53 6-30-36
8 Michal Barinka Vitkovice Ostrava (ELH - Czech Republic) 16 1-2-3
23 Zbynek Michalek Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) 44 6-3-9
25 Lukas Krajicek Dynamo Minsk (KHL - Russia) 27 1-4-5
32 Michal Rozsival Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 13 0-2-2

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
1 Jakub Kovar Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
(KHL - Russia)
6 3-2 .928
31 Ondrej Pavelec Winnipeg Jets (NHL) 14 9-4 .933
53 Alexander Salak SKA St. Petersburg (KHL - Russia) 3 1-2 .933

Current or former Penguins: Jagr, Nedved, Zbynek Michalek, Rozsival.

Olympic Medalists: Elias, Erat, Hemsky, Jagr, Kaberle, Zidlicky (Bronze medal - 2006, Turin); Jagr (Gold medal - 1998, Nagano); *-Nedved (Silver medal - 1994, Lillehammer).

*-Nedved competed as a member of Canada.

What we like about the Czech Republic: Depth. This team has quietly reloaded with a fair amount of depth throughout the lineup.

What we don't like about the Czech Republic: Age and goaltending. At an average of 30.0 years, the Czechs are the oldest team in this tournament. And the goaltending is, to be kind, shaky.

EN's Prediction: Eighth place. Goaltending will do this team in.


Latvia

Previous Olympics: 12th place - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Ninth place - 2002, Salt Lake City.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards 

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
3 Juris Stals HK Poprad (Tipsport - Slovakia) 33 0-2-2
5 Janis Sprukts Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL - Russia) 65 5-2-7
10 Lauris Darzins Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 45 16-5-21
12 Herberts Vasiljevs Krefeld Pinguine (DEL - Germany) 65 11-18-29
15 Martins Karsums Dynamo Moscow (KHL - Russia) 18 5-8-13
16 Kaspars Daugavins Genève-Servette HC
(NLA - Switzerland)
32 6-6-12
21 Armands Berzins Beibarys Atyrau (KHC - Kazakhstan) 47 3-8-11
24 Mikelis Redlihs (above) Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL - Russia) 56 7-15-22
28 Zemgus Girgensons Buffalo Sabres (NHL) 5 1-0-0
47 Martins Cipulis Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 66 17-19-36
51 Koba Jass Bili Tygri Liberec
(ELH - Czech Republic)
11 0-1-1
70 Miks Indrasis Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 14 3-3-6
79 Vitalijs Pavlovs Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 6 0-0-0
91 Ronalds Kenins ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 18 1-3-4

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
6 Arvids Rekis Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 50 3-3-6
8 Sandish Ozolinsh Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 22 4-15-19
9 Kirisjanis Redlihs Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 59 3-1-4
11 Kristaps Sotnieks Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 37 1-6-7
29 Ralfs Freibergs Bowling Green (NCAA) 7 0-1-1
32 Arturs Kudla Salavat Yulayev Ufa (KHL - Russia) 13 1-1-2
37 Oskars Bartulus Donbass Donetsk (KHL - Russia) 15 1-2-3
81 Georgijs Pujacs Dinamo Riga (KHL - Russia) 54 3-6-9

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
1 Ervins Mustukovs Esbjerg IK (ABL - Denmark) - - -
31 Edgars Masalskis HK Poprad (Tipsport - Slovakia) 46 14-30 .899
50 Kristers Gudlevskis Syracuse Crunch (AHL) 4 2-2 .925

Current or former Penguins: Ted Nolan, assistant coach.

Olympic Medalists: None.

What we like about Latvia: Nolan. There might not be a lot of toothpaste in this team's tube, but Nolan will squeeze every little bit out.

What we don't like about Latvia: Just about everything else. There's little in the way of NHL-caliber talent on this roster.

EN's Prediction: 10th place. Latvia has just enough talent to stay out of the basement.


Sweden

Previous Olympics: Fifth place - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Gold - 2006, Turin; 1994 Lillehammer.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
11 Daniel Alfredsson Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 86 30-39-69
14 Patrik Berglund St. Louis Blues (NHL) 16 8-3-11
16 Marcus Kruger Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 17 5-3-8
18 Jakob Silfverberg Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 17 2-1-3
19 Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals (NHL) 28 5-15-20
20 Alexander Steen St. Louis Blues (NHL) 9 2-2-4
21 Loui Eriksson Boston Bruins (NHL) 40 19-19-38
22 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 44 11-19-30
40 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 72 16-38-54
41 Gustav Nyquist Detroit Red Wings (NHL) - -
42 Jimmie Ericsson Skellefteå AIK (SHL - Sweden) 18 3-1-4
62 Carl Hagelin New York Rangers (NHL) - -
90 Marcus Johansson Washington Capitals (NHL) - -
92 Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche (NHL) 18 4-5-9

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
3 Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) 16 2-5-7
4 Niklas Hjalmarsson Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 8 0-3-3
7 Henrik Tallinder Buffalo Sabres (NHL) 14 1-2-3
23 Alexander Edler Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 10 1-3-4
27 Johnny Oduya Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 9 3-1-4
52 Jonathan Ericsson Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 9 1-3-4
55 Niklas Kronwall Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 36 7-12-19
65 Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators (NHL) 17 4-7-11

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
1 Jhonas Enroth Buffalo Sabres (NHL) 9 8-1 .941
30 Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers (NHL) 31 21-7 .910
50 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit Red Wings (NHL) 12 8-4 .924

Current or former Penguins: None.

Olympic Medalists: Alfredsson, Kronwall, Lundqvist, Daniel Sedin (Gold - 2006, Turin).

What we like about Sweden: Henrik Lundqvist. He is arguably the best goaltender on this stage.

What we don't like about Sweden: Depth. This team is already being tested by injuries to Johan Franzen and Henrik Sedin. One more key injury will leave them really short-handed.

EN's Prediction: Gold. This team has a nice blend of experience and youth. And Lundqvist is always a a difference maker.


Switzerland

Previous Olympics: Eighth place - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Bronze medal - 1948, St. Moritz; 1928, St. Moritz.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
10 Andres Ambuhl HC Davos (NLA - Switzerland) 75 14-13-27
12 Luca Cunti ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 10 2-3-5
14 Romas Wick ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 21 6-7-13
22 Nino Niederreiter Minnesota Wild (NHL) 20 5-3-8
23 Simon Bodenmann Kloten Flyers (NLA - Switzerland) 10 2-3-5
24 Reto Suri EV Zug (NLA - Switzerland) 10 5-3-8
28 Martin Pluss SC Bern (NLA - Switzerland) 98 25-30-55
43 Morris Trachsler ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 28 1-3-4
48 Matthias Bieber Kloten Flyers (NLA - Switzerland) 23 2-3-5
51 Ryan Gardner SC Bern (NLA - Switzerland) 21 6-5-11
70 Denis Hollenstein Genève-Servette HC (NLA - Switzerland) 17 4-6-10
82 Simon Moser Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) 18 5-4-7
88 Kevin Romy Genève-Servette HC (NLA - Switzerland) 33 1-6-7
96 Damien Brunner New Jersey Devils (NHL) 14 4-8-12

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
3 Julien Vauclair HC Lugano (NLA - Switzerland) 84 5-8-13
5 Severin Blindenbacher ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 65 2-16-18
6 Yannick Weber Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 8 0-0-0
7 Mark Streit (above) Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) 96 13-35-48
16 Raphael Diaz Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 22 3-2-5
31 Mathias Seger ZSC Lions Zurich (NLA - Switzerland) 114 4-19-23
72 Patrick von Gunten Kloten Flyers (NLA - Switzerland) 22 2-1-3
90 Roman Josi Nashville Predators (NHL) 26 5-8-13

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
1 Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 14 5-8 .914
20 Reto Berra Calgary Flames (NHL) 8 5-3 928
52 Tobias Stephan Genève-Servette HC (NLA - Switzerland) 9 5-4 .911

Current or former Penguins: None.

Olympic Medalists: None.

What we like about Switzerland: Goaltending and defense. The Ducks have a goaltender in Hiller who can steal a game or two in this tournament from a true medal contender. He has a handful of NHL defensemen who will make his life easier.

What we don't like about Switzerland: Forwards. Switzerland is light up front.

EN's Prediction: Fifth place. Switzerland might be able to pull off an upset or two but it won't medal.

(Photos: Jagr-Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images; Redlihs and Alfredsson-Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; Streit-Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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