I have been on vacation, enjoying the sunny climes of Arizona, Nevada and Hollywood. As such I have not been able to watch much of the Olympics at all.
I saw the third period, overtime and shootout of the men's game against the Czech Republic and none of the women's games, I'm shamed to say.
This week I hope get back with the program. The women's gold medal game is already set, with Canada facing USA to no one's surprise. The Canadian men open the playoff round of the tournament with a game against Sweden.
I think Canada is in tough in both games.
The women's game has been dominated by the Americans in recent years, with Canada always coming out on top at the Olympics. That trend has to end soon.
The Canadian men drew Sweden, who, in my opinion, has the best blue line in the whole tournament. Because of that defensive strength I have viewed Sweden as the team most likely to win the tournament. Yes even over the favored Russians.
However if there is anything everyone has learned over the years it is not to bet against Canada. Go Canada Go!
Update: I was able to watch the second half of the Canadian women vs the Olympic Athletes from Russia. I was happy with Canada's effort as the game progressed. Though the game was not in doubt, Canada kept a strong pace and played with purpose and crispness. It was exactly what you want to see a team do in such a situation as they advance unchallenged to the gold medal game.