Anze Kopitar and the rest of Slovenia has their work cut out for them, as they prepare to take on the Russians. The latter will be fired up to play their first game in front of a hometown crowd, while the former will just be trying to figure out how to prevent the onslaught of Russian forwards.
From Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Radulov, Russia features some of the most explosive offensive talent in the world. Slovenia, on the other hand, will be playing the role of world-beater since they only have one NHL player on the roster.
Of course, they actually play the games for a reason and Slovenia shouldn’t be expected to simply roll over for the more talented Russians. If you’re looking for a way to watch Russia’s first “home game” of these Olympics, we’ve got you covered.
Date: February 13
Start Time: 7:30 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: MSNBC
Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra
While Russia is the favorite here, the pressure of playing in front of a hometown crowd could potentially get to them against the Slovenians. If they looked beyond this game to the Americans, then they could be in trouble. A setback would be brutal and likely cost Russia a first-round bye, so their effort should be top notch.
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