Russia didn’t do themselves any favors by failing to be one of the top four seeds in the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament. Canada will get a cushy matchup against the winner of Latvia vs Switzerland. Sweden will face off with Slovenia. Russia? Well, they’ll have to get through a feisty Finnish team to advance out of the quarterfinal.
On paper, this is a matchup that could give the Russians fits. This is a team that prefers to set up in the offensive zone or to produce chances off the rush. Both of these things are a challenge against Finland. The Finns have a strong defensive backbone and they could on structure in their own end to create turnovers, which leads to offense.
In this contest, they’ll patiently keep Russia to the outside and wait for one of their cute but ill-advised passes through the middle of the ice. It’s in transition where Finland might be able to top Russia. Regardless, this is a matchup where nothing will come easily for either team.
There’s plenty of star power at both ends of the ice, and this has the potential to be the best and most competitive game of the quarterfinal round. Looking for how and when to catch the game online? We’ve got you covered.
Date: February 19
Start Time: 7:30 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra