After beating the Czech Republic and squeaking by Switzerland, Sweden only has Latvia to get through to make it to 3-0 during preliminary play. A win over Latvia today would put give the Swedes a first-round bye, which would be a major boost for a team that has dealt with some serious injury issues.
While Sweden is the favorite here, Latvia has been receiving some stellar goaltending. They put up a good fight in a 4-2 loss to the Czechs and managed to give Switzerland everything that they could handle before yielding a goal with less than 10 seconds remaining. Could they give the tournament their first major upset? Tune in to find out.
Date: February 15
Start Time: 12 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: USA
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
The biggest question for Sweden moving forward is their depth at center. Even against a non-superpower team like Latvia, not having quality pivots can prove costly in the defensive zone. Patrik Berglund is a sound two-way center, but can the rest of the roster pull their weight on the neutral and defensive side of things?
Even if Latvia can force some turnovers, they’ll have to do something that the Swiss couldn’t, and that’s beat Henrik Lundqvist.
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