Winter Olympics 2014: Canada vs. Sweden gold medal game preview and discussion thread

Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Team Canada go for gold against Team Sweden.

Team USA's fate was sealed with a 5-0 loss to Finland in yesterday's bronze medal game but two of the four Sharks in Sochi still have a shot at gold as Patrick Marleau, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Team Canada prepare to take on Team Sweden in the gold medal game that closes the 2014 Winter Olympics.

For Marleau, it's an opportunity to win the second gold medal of his hockey career, something only Jarome Iginla has accomplished among active players (of course, a slew of Marleau's Canadian teammates who were also on the 2010 squad would join him on that list). Not bad for a player constantly (and unfairly) maligned for being unable to deliver in big moments. But before that can happen, Mike Babcock's team will need to dispatch a Swedish club that has remained undefeated throughout the tournament despite injuries to their top two centers and an additional top-nine winger.

This one starts painfully early on the west coast but it should be great hockey. Discuss the game here if you're awake for it!

Team Canada


Team Sweden
2-1-0-0, 7 points
3-0-0-0, 8 points
1st in Group B
1st in Group C

4AM PST | Bolshoy Ice Dome | Sochi, Russia | TV: NBC

Projected Team Canada Lineup

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patrice Bergeron
Patrick Marleau - Jonathan Toews - Jeff Carter
Jamie Benn - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Patrick Sharp - Matt Duchene - Rick Nash
Ex.: Martin St. Louis

Duncan Keith - Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Ex.: Dan Hamhuis

Carey Price
Roberto Luongo

Projected Team Sweden Lineup

Daniel Sedin - Nicklas Backstrom - Loui Eriksson
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - Daniel Alfredsson
Carl Hagelin - Marcus Johansson - Gabriel Landeskog
Gustav Nyquist - Marcus Kruger - Jimmie Ericsson
Ex.: Jakob Silfverberg

Alexander Edler - Erik Karlsson
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Ex.: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Henrik Lundqvist
Jonas Gustavsson