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Both Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway) were held off the scoreboard this afternoon, as Canada beat Norway by a score of 3-1. Zuccarello had the most ice time (23:57) of all Norwegian forwards and registered one shot on goal. Nash played for 12:32 and had a pair of shots on net.

The Rangers have four players involved in games tomorrow. Sweden (Carl Hagelin, Henrik Lundqvist) takes on Switzerland at 7:30am EST on NBCSN. Canada is up against Austria at 12pm EST on USA. Norway takes on Finland on MSNBC, also at 12pm EST.

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Team USA dominated the Slovaks this morning, riding a six goal second period en route to a 7-1 win. Ryan McDonagh (18:38 TOI) and Ryan Callahan (15:43 TOI) were held off the score sheet, and Derek Stepan did not dress for the game.

Scoring for the US team came from Paul Stastny (2), Phil Kessel, Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel, and John Carlson. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves. The USA faces off against Russia, who beat Slovenia this morning, on Saturday morning. The winner will likely win the group and get the guaranteed spot in the medal round.

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Hank makes 27 saves in Sweden’s win over Czech Republic

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Two Rangers are off to a good start in Sochi, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots and Carl Hagelin had two shots on goal in Sweden’s 4-2 win over the Czech Republic. Hagelin played 12:25 in the game in a primarily defensive role. Sweden’s next game is Friday against Switzerland.

The other five Rangers participating in this year’s Olympics play tomorrow. Team USA (Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan) play at 7:30am against Slovakia on NBCSN, while Mats Zuccarello and Norway take on Rick Nash and Canada at noon on USA.

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The 2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey competition begins today, with Sweden taking on the Czech Republic at 12pm EST on USA. The Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin playing for Sweden. Ex-Rangers Jaromir Jagr Michal Rozsival, and Pter Nedved (!!) are playing for the Czechs. Use this to discuss the game if you are watching. Should be a good one.

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Per SI’s Sarah Kwak, Team USA’s lines are the following:

James van Riemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel
Zach Parise-David Backes-TJ Oshie
Dustin Brown-Ryan Kesler-Patrick Kane
Ryan Callahan-Paul Stastny-Max Pacioretty

That is a very deep two-way roster, but doesn’t have the offensive punch of the Canadians. No, seriously, Matt Duchene and Martin St. Louis are the 13th and 14th forwards for Canada. That’s absurd.

Derek Stepan is currently slated as the 13th forward, who will add offense if one of the top four centers get injured.

Defensive pairings:

Ryan McDonagh-John Carlson
Cam Fowler-Ryan Suter
Kevin Shattenkirk-Paul Martin

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NHL fan guide to Olympic hockey

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The King

The King

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are underway and soon hockey fans from around the globe will be treated to the best ice hockey tournament not named the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the 5th straight Winter games, NHL players will officially be allowed to participate. And as a result, expectations for gold are highest around Canada, Sweden, the US, and of course the host country – Mother Russia.

Tracking the quest for gold is always the main reason for following the Olympics. However, this year in particular there are quite a few other narratives that are equally compelling and definitely worth waking up early to watch.

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Olympic Replacements and Non-Replacements

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With no more NHL games scheduled for two and a half weeks, all of the focus will be in Sochi as our former teammates will become the opponent, playing for a handful of countries over two weeks for prestigious Olympic gold. Over the past week, there have been some injuries and replacements made which have had some implications for team relationships here in North America.

Dave and the boys did a great job here keeping the focus mainly on the Cally non-trade, as the New York metro area is most directly affected by Callahan’s agent and Glen Sather (and his cigars, I suppose). The two most important injuries to track were recent – Max Pacioretty – and a long time ago – Steven Stamkos. Seeing the correlation between the NHL and the Olympic selection is pretty eye opening in each case.

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An overview of Team Canada

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Steve Yzerman named the 2014 Canadian team yesterday that will be competing to defend their gold from Vancouver four years ago. The country that touts hockey as its country’s sport – and, let’s be honest, a country that regards the sport so highly that it’s all over TV even in August – it’s no wonder that Yzerman and Co. had a very difficult task ahead of them in choosing this team.

The joke is that even selecting an all-snub team for Canada would be a difficult task, and that their second team would likely be a favorite over some other countries. Needless to say, expectations are extremely high for this squad. You can see the full roster here.

Again, with a roster so deep, it’s likely that you’re going to find a few serious snubs. The most glaring omission on this roster is Martin St. Louis, an absolute stud who, at 38 years old, likely won’t see another Olympic opportunity (unless he pulls a Selanne, and even still the depth of skilled Canadian won’t go anywhere). Apparently a snub is motivation for St. Louis, who put up two goals last night in the 3rd period to give the Lightning a win over the Jets, and probably had Yzerman shaking his head.

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Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin, and Mats Zuccarello will be joining Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan (USA) in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Games. Lundqvist and Hagelin will be playing for Team Sweden, and Zuccarello is the lone NHL player participating for Team Norway. Lundqvist and Zuccarello were expected to make their respective clubs. Hagelin was a bubble player, but Team Sweden went with speed.

Rick Nash is expected to make Team Canada this morning at 11am. If he does, the Rangers will be sending seven players to Sochi. (Update: Nash is headed to Sochi with Canada.)

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Pavel Buchnevich and Russia were eliminated from the 2014 World Junior Championships this morning, losing to Sweden 2-1. With Buchnevich’s exit, the Rangers no longer have any prospects in the tournament. Sweden will face the Canada/Finland winner for the gold.

In six tournament games, Buchnevich finished with a line of 2-5-7 with 18 PIMs (most coming from his misconduct penalty against the US) and a +4 rating. Both Buchnevich and Brady Skjei (USA) had strong showings in the tournament.

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