Checking in with the champion Swedes

Updated: February 13, 2009, 9:50 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

Russia is the team to beat in Vancouver, according the GM of the defending Olympic hockey champions.

"I think the Russians, in my opinion, are fairly heavy favorites," Swedish Olympic team GM Mats Naslund told ESPN.com this week. "But otherwise, I think Canada, the Czechs and Sweden can win it. It's a tough tournament to pick the winner.

"It's always very close," Naslund added. "You need that extra luck that we had in Torino. There's probably three or four teams that can win it."

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