It’ll be easy to forget that this is just the preliminary round when the United States and Russia clash in just a few hours. In one of the most highly anticipated contests of the opening round of action, two of the best national teams in the world will do battle for three points in the standings and a bit of pride.
Both of these teams won their opening games in convincing fashion. The United States made Slovakia look like a B-team en route to a 7-1 victory, while Russia didn’t struggle to down Slovenia. Alexander Ovechkin scored on his first shift in that game, and the Russians never looked back.
Since these two teams are in the same group and are looking to go undefeated in preliminary play, the first-round bye could very well be up for grabs in this game. That’s assuming that the United States are able to defeat Slovenia and that Russia will take care of Slovakia.
They’re favored in those matchups, and barring an unforeseen setback, the road to remaining undefeated starts and ends here. Looking for where and how to catch the game? Look no further?
Date: February 14
Start Time: 7:30 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Can the United States find a way to halt Russia’s attack? Or will the combination of Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk prove too much to overcome? Tune in to find out.
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