Both the Czech Republic and Latvia are just a few hours away from what amounts to a must-win game for both teams. The Czech Republic dropped their first game to Sweden on the back of some weak goaltending, while Latvia couldn’t hang on against Switzerland and allowed a goal with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Those losses pushed each team to an 0-1 record in the preliminary round, and going down 0-2 with one game left to go would be devastating to the medal hopes of both nations. While Latvia wasn’t expected to make a lot of noise in these Winter Olympics, the Czechs are typically one of the better teams in international play.
It didn’t look like that was the case against Sweden. Here’s how to watch what should be a rock solid game between two desperate teams.
Date: February 14
Start Time: 3 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: MSNBC
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
While a win for Latvia would be historic for the fringe hockey program, a loss for the Czechs would be an outright embarrassment. The team made several questionable roster choices and left key NHL players at home, and not even making it to the medal rounds would be a disaster for the proud program. Tune in to find out if they can hang on.
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