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TCL Flyers Olympic Picks

The Flyers and the rest of the NHL are off for the next two weeks. But for 12 countries and 151 players, a new season begins.

Beginning at noon today, the men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin with Latvia taking on the Switzerland and Sweden playing Czech Republic.

There are five Flyers who are on Olympic rosters, two of which are playing today: Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic). The other Flyers representing countries are Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Michael Raffl (Austria) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).

Here is a breakdown of players on their respective teams by USA Today. And here is a schedule for the Olympics:

And below are the picks made by members of TCL Flyers. Three of the five writers have USA winning a medal, and surprisingly two writers don't have Canada medaling at all. Lastly, Canada and Finland each received two gold medal votes, only five different countries were picked to medal and no country received more than three medal votes.

  Group A Group B Group C Bronze Silver Gold
Alicia USA RUS SLK SLV FIN CAN NOR AUS SWE CZE SWZ LAT RUS USA FIN
Dan M RUS USA SLK SLV FIN CAN AUS NOR SWE CZE SWZ LAT RUS SWE FIN
Dan S USA RUS SLK SLV CAN FIN AUS NOR SWE CZE SWZ LAT CAN RUS SWE
John USA RUS SLK SLV CAN FIN AUS NOR SWE CZE SWZ LAT USA FIN CAN
Jordan RUS USA SLK SLV CAN FIN AUS NOR SWE CZE SWZ LAT USA SWE CAN