Team USA’s quest for a Gold Medal begins on February 13 as they take on Slovakia in their first game of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament. The United States brought an improved roster up front and a younger core on the blue line than they did in 201o, and they’re obviously hoping for a different result this time around.
In the ’10 Winter Olympics they came up just short of winning the Gold Medal, falling to Sidney Crosby and Team Canada in a thrilling overtime game.
While Slovakia isn’t considered a superpower, they still feature a handful of prominent players that could make life miserable for the United States. Namely Zdeno Chara, who the likes of Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel will be very familiar with. Can the towering defenseman log enough minutes to stop what should be a vicious forecheck from the Americans?
Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 13
Start Time: 7:30 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Grabbing points as early as possible is key in this format. A loss for the Americans could be a big setback in Group A, and would force them to come up with victories over Slovenia and Russia to have a chance at the first-round bye. Will they be able to answer the call and avenge their loss from four years ago?
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