Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Canada, Sweden go for gold

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Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

Create-a-Caption: The good news? Regardless of who you're pulling for and regardless of the outcome, this is last time we'll have to see the nightmarish Sochi bear.

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Canada vs. Sweden, 7 a.m. ET.

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Five things to know about today's Olympic games ...

1. Eriksson, Backstrom, and Sedin. The Swedes are far from a one-line team, but they do have a very distinct top line. That would be Loui Eriksson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Daniel Sedin. These three have been Sweden's best forwards in this tournament, so we can expect them to see a healthy dose of the Jonathan Toews line, which Mike Babcock used to keep Phil Kessel and company quiet on Friday

2. Offense from the back end. That said, this game, like every other game for Canada, will likely be won with defenders. Canada's been getting a lot of their offense from their blueline, but so is Sweden. Erik Karlsson has been a pure force for the Swedes, and even if you stop the top line, you still have to worry about his incredible shot creation.

3. Blackhawks are well-represented. Not that it should come as any surprise, but the 2013 Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks are all over this gold medal game. They have six guys in it. On the Canadian side, it's Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith. The Swedes have Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Johnny Oduya.

4. It's always these two. This is the fourth Olympics this millennium, and these two nations have won gold in each of them. Canada won in 2002 and again in 2010, and Sweden took gold in 2006. Is a pattern emerging? For Canada's sake, let's hope not.

5. Price vs. Lundqvist. These two teams have been defensive stalwarts in this tournament, and that means it's very likely this one is going to be a low-scoring goaltender's duel. Expect the first star to be whichever of these two goalies picks up the win.

Bold prediction: Canada wins, and Sidney Crosby finally scores a goal.

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