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Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Blue Lines

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

(All statistics through Saturday, February 8)

The much-anticipated Olympic Hockey tournament begins on Wednesday, here's a look at the blue lines of teams expected to contend for a medal.

Olympic Blue Lines

On paper, and the ice, the Canadians have the deepest blue line. Their right side alone would cost most poolies several top 10 draft picks to acquire in Shea Weber, Drew Doughty and Alex Pietrangelo. The player at the bottom of the right-sided depth chart? None other than current Norris Trophy holder P.K. Subban. How much P.K. plays in Sochi will be the subject of much discussion amongst the hockey cognoscenti, as every stride he takes will be analyzed closer than the Zapruder film. The left side of the Canadians' defense isn't bad either: Duncan Keith, Dan Hamhuis, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jay Bouwmeester.

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