Russia and Norway are set to take part in an winner-moves-on contest.
The preliminary round of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament is over, and now teams are into the lose-and-go-home portion of the Games. After three prelim games created seeds for the teams that advanced, four teams were given byes and eight were put into a qualification round.
That’s where the Russians and Norwegians find themselves now. For one team, this is a surprising result. For the other, this is where they were supposed to be. Russia was one of the most heavily favored teams heading into the Olympics, but their play has left a lot to be desired.
They were able to topple Slovenia in their first game of round-robin play, but were taken down by the Americans and then struggled to get by Slovakia. On paper, Russia should have no trouble with Norway, but the Norwegians have put up more of a fight than anyone expected coming into these Winter Games.
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Date: February 18
Start Time: 7:30 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: USA
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
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