Latvia and Canada are only a few hours away from doing battle for the right to move on from the quarterfinal of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament. For one squad, this is just a stepping stone. For the other, this is history.
The Latvians have never put on a better performance than they have this year and have only made five appearances in the Olympic tournament all together. They are the underdog in every sense of the word as they go up against Canada—a different beast from Switzerland all together.
Latvia was able to take down a Swiss team that was favored but had issues scoring throughout round robin play. Canada hasn’t and won’t have any scoring problems, as the team is chock full of gamebreakers at every position. Even without the top line of Sidney Crosby and whichever wingers head coach Mike Babcock wants to stick with him, Canada is capable of beating anyone with just about any line.
The Canadians would be a handful for Russia, the United States or Sweden. Against Latvia, they’ll be expected to blow them out of the building. Can the Latvians come up with another magical performance? Or will Canada prove to be way too much to handle? Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 19
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: MSNBC
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
For a more in-depth preview of this contest, go here.