2014 Olympics: Sweden/Czech Republic open thread

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…

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USA lines: Cally with Stastny and Pacioretty

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…

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NHL fan guide to Olympic hockey

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…

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Olympic Replacements and Non-Replacements

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…

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An overview of Team Canada

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…

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Lundqvist, Hagelin, Zuccarello all heading to Sochi

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,…

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2014 WJC: Buchnevich, Russia eliminated by Sweden

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…

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Team USA: The Gold standard?

At the finish of the Winter Classic game played at the Big House in Michigan (and after Dion Phaneuf won a minivan…?), American viewers were treated with the revealing of the 25 men who will represent the red, white, and blue in Sochi next month. Before we all play armchair GM, there are a few things to remember: a) the…

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2014 WJC: Buchnevich, Russia eliminate Skjei, USA

Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) had a pair of goals as Russia eliminated Brady Skjei (2012, 1st) and Team USA by a score of 5-3. Buchnevich scored Russia’s second and fifth (empty net) goals, also nabbing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty while celebrating in front of the USA bench. Russia advances to face the winner of the Slovakia/Canada game. Skjei notched an…

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McDonagh, Callahan, Stepan make Team USA

Team USA has released the roster for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, and the Rangers will have three representatives playing for the red, white, and blue. Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh will all be heading to Sochi in February.