CALGARY - Players to watch in the 2014 Olympic women's hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia:
Marie-Philip Poulin — Scored both of Canada's goals in the 2010 final and led her country in scoring at the 2013 world championship. Sidelined for much of this season with a high ankle sprain. Canada needs her offensive spark against the U.S.
Shannon Szabados — Goaltender posted a 28-save shutout for gold in 2010. Canada's go-to goalie for all world championship finals since then.
Hilary Knight — American forward has led the U.S. in four pre-Olympic wins over Canada with three goals, two assists and a shootout goal.
Amanda Kessel — Sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil is as offensively talented as her brother. She hasn't played a game against Canada since last year's world championship final because of undisclosed injuries.
Noora Raty — University of Minnesota alumnus is a workhorse in Finland's net and capable of a 50-save game.
Jenni Hiirikoski — Poised veteran on Finland's blue-line named top defenceman by IIHF at last two world championships.
Anna Shibanova — Defenceman an impact player in both ends of the ice. Scored the insurance goal in Russia's bronze-medal win in Ottawa last year.
Nadezhda Alexandrova — If Russia is to win the bronze medal in women's hockey, they'll need outstanding goaltending from this woman.
Florence Schelling — Backstopped Swiss women to their first world championship medal in 2012 with 50-save performance in bronze-medal game. Plays in the Swiss men's pro leagues for EHC Buelach.
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