The Czech Republic and Slovakia are only a few hours away from doing battle for the right to advance to the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey quarterfinal. For both teams, this is a chance to turn things on around on what has been a disappointing showing to this point.
The Czechs didn’t bring players like Jiri Hudler or Tomas Fleischmann, instead opting to go with an aging but experienced core. The results of this experiment have been mixed to say the least, and now a team that some pundits thought could medal is on the verge of not even making it into the bracket to begin with.
That’d be tough to swallow for guys like Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias. It seems incredibly unlikely that both players would be able to represent the Czechs in 2018, so bowing out like that would be hard.
Slovakia also had the potential to do some damage through round robin play, but shaky goaltending and a lack of scoring has made things difficult for them to remain competitive. Will the squad roll out Jaroslav Halak despite his struggles? Or will they go back to Jan Laco, who was stellar against Russia despite losing in the shootout?
Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 18
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: MSNBC
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
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