Olympic Hockey 2014: Schedule, TV Info, Team Predictions for Day 3

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Schedule, TV Info, Team Predictions for Day 3
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Monday brings the second day of competition for the highly contested Group A of women's hockey in the 2014 Olympics. On Saturday, these four teams faced off with favorites Canada and the United States coming away with decisive victories over Switzerland and Finland, respectively.

This time around, it will be the Canadians taking on Finland and the Americans facing Switzerland. The two teams that accrue the most wins from this group will receive byes during the quarterfinals to take on the victors in the semifinals.

That means Monday's matchups will be extremely important, as Canada and the United States can get one step closer to securing a bye—and much-needed rest—later in the competition.

Let's take a closer look at the viewing information for Monday's schedule and predictions for each matchup as Day 3 of the 2014 Olympics approaches.

 

United States vs. Switzerland: Group A Preliminary Round

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When: Monday, Feb. 10

Where: Shayba Arena

TV Time: 5 a.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

 

Prediction

On Saturday, the United States was able to take down Finland by a score of 3-1. Three different Americans were able to put away goals against their opponents. In the first period, Hilary Knight drew first blood, followed by Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter finding the back of the net in the second period.

Finland was only able to get a goal past Team USA during a power play in the third period of the match. The Americans dominated the contest with a fast-paced offense and stout defensive group.

After Team USA put away Finland, head coach Katey Stone was delighted wit her team's performance, according to an interview with USAHockey.com:

I'm happy with the way our team started the game today. Obviously, to have an opportunity to score in the first minute of the game takes a little bit of the edge off the anxiety of the first game. I liked our team speed, we moved the puck really well and we scored three hard-earned goals. We're happy to have the first game under our belt and we're looking forward to Monday.

There will be no difference on Monday.

Canada was able to put away Switzerland with ease on Saturday, and it can be expected for the United States to do the same. Five goals—including one short-handed goal—allowed the Canadians to cruise to an easy 5-0 victory.

With Team USA's high-octane offense featuring Knight on the ice, it can be easily assumed that the team will be able to dominate the Swiss in the same fashion as its rivals from the north.

United States 4, Switzerland 1

 

Finland vs. Canada: Group A Preliminary Round

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When: Monday, Feb. 10

Where: Shayba Arena

TV Time: 10 a.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

 

Prediction

The Canadian women's international hockey team has been the biggest force in this event for years. It has taken the gold medal in each of the last three Winter Olympic Games and shows no signs of slowing down.

It has as deep a roster as it comes, with five different players finding the back of the net in the opener against Switzerland.

Rebecca Johnston is the name to watch here, as she put on a dazzling performance in the first round of the competition by scoring one goal and accruing two assists. The amount of offensive firepower that the Canadian team possesses is second to none.

After the matchup, Swiss goalie Florence Schelling was happy with her performance, as she accrued 64 saves against Canada. During an interview with Jimmy Golen of ABC News, Schelling said, "It's the best result we've ever had against Canada. It shows we have improved."

If that's considered improvement against Canada, then the team from the Great White North is scarier than anticipated.

It should be able to handle Finland—who did not put up much of a fight against the United States—with ease. Expect Canada to win with another blowout here.

Canada 4, Finland 0

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