This contest between Switzerland and the Czech Republic probably wasn’t circled on a lot of calendars before the 2014 Winter Olympics started, but it’s now one of the most important games of the preliminary round. The Swiss were able to sneak away from Latvia with a 1-0 win before dropping a tough 1-0 loss to Sweden to fall to 1-1 in round robin play.
The Czech Republic couldn’t get by Sweden in their first game, but were able to down the Latvian team as well. That sets up a contest between two 1-1 teams that could be doing battle for an important first-round bye. Traditionally the Czechs would be favored in this contest, but they’ve seemed mildly lackadaisical throughout this tournament and have had some shaky periods of play.
Switzerland has been a tough out and possesses a great goal differential through two games. Can they continue that streak against the Czechs?
Date: February 15
Start Time: 12 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
The Czech Republic made several questionable roster choices when piecing their team together, and bombing out before the medal round would be a disaster. They’ll have to down an underrated Swiss team to prevent that from happening.
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