The Olympic break is here. Rosters are updated. And the hottest buzz in NHL 14 is to represent your nation in online play- giving yourself a chance to be a hero — a chance to have your own Oshie moment.
With storylines abundant as the elimination round arrives — such as the U.S.’s domination or Canada’s less-than-stellar play — the international online game has only gained steam. While the Canada-USA matchup reigns supreme, Russia and Sweden are two other hot choices as NHL online play picks up.
EA sports released a fascinating infographic breaking down each Olympic team in a variety of categories.
Canada’s Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby lead all Sochi representatives with 4.3 and 3.5 million in-game goals respectively.
Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk is third with three million, followed by Chicago Blackhawks teammates Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane who are tied at 2.7 million in-game goals apiece.
The winningest Sochi goaltender is Canada’s Roberto Luongo with 4.1 million victories. Carey Price is second on the list with 1.5 million, followed by Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask.
In terms of the salary cap, Canada, as expected, leads the way by more than $30 million with a $150.9 cap hit. The U.S. is second with a $119.8 million cap hit.
Team Finland boasts the most players who have won Olympic medals with 14.
Take a look here to see who rounds out the leading NHL 14 Sochi representatives:
The top two seeds as we head to elimination play, Sweden and the U.S., have been the most impressive teams thus far in Sochi. That being said, the tournament is wide open, as Canada could certainly fix their Chemistry “issues”, and Russia’s elite goal-scoring talent is always a threat; even Switzerland with their high-speed tempo and superb goaltending by Jonas Hiller could make some noise. And then, there are the Finns.
The tournament has been a hockey fan’s dream thus far and will only get better. Be sure to make your own Olympic history with NHL 14’s online play- this could be your last chance, with NHL players, that is.