Men’s Olympic Hockey: Semifinal’s Preview

Posted: February 21, 2014 by ericbernsen in NHL, Sports
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It is safe to say that for many viewers of these Winter Olympics, the Men’s Hockey tournament is considered as the must see event. From Russia getting ousted before even getting a chance at a medal to an exciting opening shootout win for the United States against the home country, these games have been filled with excitement. The antcipiation is at an all-time high heading into the semi-final contests this Friday and all eyes will be remaining on the four last remaining teams. Let’s take a look at each match-up and outline what we should expect. 

Sweden vs. Finland

Finland enters their semifinal match with Sweden as underdogs, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the squad. Finland reached the semis with an impressive 3-1 victory over Russia, a result that was widely labeled a huge upset and was much to the disappointment of Vladimir Putin. It helped Finland that they were coming off of a bye in that contest, and they’ll face a serious test in this semi-final matchup. This Swedish team cruised to an unbeaten record in Group C before trouncing Slovenia in quarterfinal action. Both teams have a plus-10 goal differential so far, so it will be interesting to see if Finland can ride their momentum against a Sweden time that is probably the better side.

United States vs. Canada

For people who have kept close tabs on this tournament, it is interesting to see Canada as the favorite side in this matchup against the rival Americans. Canada barely edged Latvia 2-1 in their last game, needing a third-period goal from Shea Weber to advance . Meanwhile, the U.S. punched its ticket to the medal round with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic. The Americans have steadily improved throughout the competition, while the Canadians have struggled to get by and will be without star center John Tavares for the contest. Canada might be the deeper squad, but Team USA looks more cohesive and are playing at level higher than people originally expected. It appears that the Americans have a slight edge in this one in a game that can be considered as as toss-up.

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  1. theelliottquest says:

    Can’t even sleep.. Too excited for Can – USA game

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