Russia and Norway are just a few hours away from their qualification round contest, and the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament is about to get a lot more interesting. The preliminary round is over. The time for adjustments and excuses has come and gone.
Now it’s winner-moves-on, loser-goes-home.
Norway wasn’t a lock to make it to this stage of the tournament, while Russia fully expected to be one of the top-four teams from the prelims. They weren’t though, and they now face a much longer road to the Gold medal game. For the Norwegians, this is a chance to pull off a historic upset that would probably be made into a movie by the end of the year.
For Russia, this is a chance to plug some holes in their game while showing the rest of the superpowers in the tournament that they aren’t pushovers. Heading into the preliminary round, the Russians were one of the most favored teams. Their offense is top-end, and names like Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk sprinkle the roster.
They haven’t played up to their standard yet though, and that’s why they find themselves in the position of needing to win to move on.
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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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