This morning, one of the most highly anticipated preliminary round games takes place as Team USA (1-0-0) faces host country Russia (1-0-0) at 7:30 a.m. (NBC Sports Network).
Team USA has tinkered with the lineup that blitzed the Slovaks on Thursday 7-1...
Jonathan Quick will get his second straight start.
...after not liking Callahan paired on a line with Parise in the first game, I think he's on the perfect hard working, checking line for this game. I'm expected a huge impact from him.
...i'm also a fan of putting McDonagh on what is likely the top defensive pair with Suter. Those two along with Martin-Orpik should hopefully be enough to neutralize the top two lines of Ovechkin-Malkin-Semin and Kovalchuk-Datsyuk-Radulov.
...this is not a must win for Team USA or Russia, but at least a point for either team should virtually assure them a spot in the qualification round.
Obviously there's a little history between the two countries in international play...
And if that didn't get you pumped up for the game, this surely will...
Oh yeah, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin and Team Sweden take on Latvia later today at noon.
Our fears have been realized... Hagelin hurt. Not on the bench for sweden the whole third period. FUCK THE OLYMPICS
I loved waking up early today to watch us beat Russia! That was great and so far Sweden has been doing pretty good. Great games today.
Every team in the tournament looks good so far. Slovakia has played poorly, but they've got a good squad.
I almost feel bad for Ovi. Every important game for the last couple years, in the playoffs and now the Olympics, he skates down the ice filled with energy and hope and then meets McDonagh. He's gotta have a complex by now.
Man, I loved seeing us score every time that scumbag Radulov was in the box.. and no way would I ever want to see Kovalcuk as a New York Ranger let him stay in Russia, the New Jersey of Europe? Haha
Just watched that game with my Dad on the phone with his Russian born wife (who is rooting for US in hockey and Mother Russia in figure skating). He is not a huge NHL fan but was RIVETED by this. GREAT game. Such talent on both sides. I'm going to have a hard time watching NHL after this break...
he's a slouch. soft non-clutch
Once again, character > skill.
You sure do your prep don't you. :)