Team Latvia capsule
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Sun Prediction: 11th

A nice warmup event for the host country of the 2006 world hockey championship in May. Karlis Skrastins and Sandis Ozolinsh are NHL defencemen, and former NHL goaltender Arturs Irbe will be in the nets for a team unlikely to scare anyone. But the Latvians love the big upset, having beaten Russia a few times over the past few years at the world championships. First game in Turin? The United States. Latvia failed to qualify for the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City so it should be pumped to be on the big stage.