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What are the odds for Latvian gold? Try not very good.

by Amy Moritz

The odds-makers are already setting lines for the upcoming Winter Olympics and the website Bovada has set the odds for the men's hockey winner.

The safe bets are Canada and Russia as both countries are 11-5 favorites to win the gold medal. The United States comes in at 6-1 for gold.

And what about Latvia, the national team led by Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan? They're a 400-1 shot to win the gold medal.

Those aren't the worst odds though. Both Austria and Slovenia are 900-1 long shots.

For the record, Nolan has been the Latvian team coach since 2011, leading them to a qualification for the 2014 Olympics. Latvia finished in 12th place in 2006 and 2010. Their best Olympic finish was ninth in 2002. This will be only the fifth Olympics that the Latvian team will participate.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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