Sun Media Women's Hockey Preview

Sun Prediction: Gold Medal

The Canadian women have dominated the hockey world this season. The Olympic team has only lost twice -- both to the United States -- in 21 games.

Overall, Canada came out on top this season in its series against the Americans, winning seven.

Canada and the U.S. will undoubtedly meet in the final, but the Canadians' previous superiority doesn't assure a gold medal.

Shannon Miller, the head coach of the Canadian team that won silver in 1998, said predicting who will win Olympic gold is difficult because of the added stress each team feels at the Games.

"The U.S really pulled away from Canada in 2002, when they won eight in a row. It comes down to one game -- who can play under pressure? And the pressure was on the U.S. (in Salt Lake City) and they choked."

Still, Miller gives the nod to Canada in Turin because of experience.

Thirteen Canadians played on the golden team in 2002.

The Canadians will be led by captain Cassie Campbell, who has played in seven world championships and two Olympics.

Assistants are Hayley Wickenheiser, and flag-bearer Danielle Goyette.