Game time: 7 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. Sochi time
TV: NBC (USA), CBC (Canada)
Streaming: NBCOlympics.com (USA), Olympics.CBC.ca (Canada)
At the start of the 2014 tournament, Team Canada's objective was simple: repeat as gold medal winners. The goal for Sweden was quite similar: rediscover its 2006 Torino form, and capture the country's third-ever gold medal.
On Sunday, both teams will get a shot to achieve those benchmarks.
In what very well could be the last Olympic Games to feature NHL players, Canada and Sweden will battle for the gold medal, with the teams finding success in similar areas in Sochi.
The matchup features a defenseman on each team that stands a chance of being named the tournament's most valuable player: Erik Karlsson for the Swedes, and Drew Doughty for the Canadians. Karlsson is tied for the tournament lead with eight points, and is second in goals (four), tying him with Doughty for most among all defensemen.
Canada has struggled to find scoring from its forwards, as half of their goals have come from Doughty and fellow defenseman Shea Weber. Mike Babcock has shuffled his lines throughout the tournament, trying to find wingers to ignite star Sidney Crosby. The Canadian captain has two assists in five games at the 2014 tournament, but no goals.
Chris Kunitz was thought to be one of the logical choices to play alongside Crosby, as the two play on a line for the Penguins, but Kunitz has struggled as well in these Olympics. In the semifinal win over the United States, Crosby and Kunitz played on a line with Patrice Bergeron, and generated consistent, quality scoring chances, but were unable to find the back of the net. All eyes will be on Crosby, who scored the golden goal in the 2010 game, as Canada attempts to repeat as tournament winners.
Sweden knew coming into the tournament it would have to find its goals from new places. Henrik Sedin didn't make the trip to Sochi due to a rib injury. Then, in the tournament's first game, Henrik Zetterberg aggravated a back injury that would knock him out for the rest of the Olympics. And the Swedes were without defensive stalwart Nicklas Lidstrom, who retired from professional hockey at the end of the 2013 NHL season.
Henrik Lundqvist, as was the expectation for Sweden, has played every second of the tournament, and has been stellar for the Swedes in net. He's sported a perfect record (5-0) while posting a 1.20 goals against average and a .951 save percentage.
His counterpart for the gold medal game, Carey Price, has been equally stellar for the Canadians. Price is 4-0 at Sochi with a 0.74 goals against average and a .973 save percentage. Price has only continued his recent torrid stretch in international play.
In his last 2 international competitions ('07 World Juniors, '14 Olympics), Carey Price is 10-0 with a 0.98 GAA and a .962 save pct— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 22, 2014
The matchup will feature two very different styles. On the bigger, IIHF ice, European teams like Sweden tend to funnel play out wide and use the width of the ice in a defensive scheme. Canada, on the other hand, will try to open things up, and get out in transition and force the effort. While Canada was expected to be fueled by a high-powered offense in this tournament, Sweden has allowed just six goals in its five Sochi contests.
The key unit for Sweden to shut down may be Canada's Jamie Benn line. A late choice for the Canadians, Benn has been on a line with an Anaheim Ducks duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and the trio has performed like one of the top lines of the entire tournament.