There's ALWAYS pressure on the Canada team, since the NHL players began playing - nothing short of the Olympic Championship is acceptable to the Canadian media and the Canadian fans...and they have to overcome a very poor showing in 2006.
And they're at home. Home field isn't always an advantage.
I do also know this - I hope the NHL is able to extend this set-up to Sochi. I think an Ovechkin led Russian team playing at home will be an interesting thing.
There's more pressure on the Canada team this year, because they are playing on NHL-sized rinks for the first time in Olympic history, not on international-sized rinks. I cannot wait to experience the Olympic hockey fever in Montreal.
Edited by goyangfc, 29 January 2010 - 05:48 PM.