Olympic Hockey Schedule 2014: TV Info, Live Stream and Day 4 Preview

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Olympic Hockey Schedule 2014: TV Info, Live Stream and Day 4 Preview
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Jenni Asserholt

The new group formatting for women's Olympic hockey has gone a long way toward more competitive games so far in Sochi, Russia, and Day 4 figures to continue the strong trend.

In the new format, the world's best teams (Canada, U.S., Finland and Switzerland) were placed in Group A.

Sweden and Russia were placed in Group B for fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in last year's world rankings. Germany and Japan joined the two via qualifiers.

So far, Russia and Sweden have exerted their dominance over the Group with a win apiece. The top two teams with the most wins when preliminaries conclude will advance to the final bracket and take on the bottom teams from Group A.

 

Note: All info courtesy of Sochi2014.com unless otherwise specified.

 

Germany vs. Sweden: Women's Preliminary Round, Group B

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Where: Shayba Arena

TV Time: 5 p.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

 

Sweden entered Group B play as arguably the most experienced of all in the bracket when one takes into account the team's bronze in 2002 and silver in 2006. It is also the only country to have a win over the U.S. or Canada in Olympic play.

It flexed those muscles against Japan to open preliminary play via a 1-0 victory. While a small margin of victory against a team making its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1998, it is a step in the right direction for a team that is a serious contender for bronze.

Jenni Asserholt scored the only goal and is of particular importance after her participation in Sweden's 2006 silver medal.

On paper, this has the makings of a one-sided affair, especially with Germany having the look of a team in disarray after a woeful performance in its first game. But be sure to tune in, as Sweden's first performance did not exactly match the hype.

 

Russia vs. Japan: Women's Preliminary Round, Group B

Petr David Josek/Associated Press
Olga Sosina

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11

Where: Shayba Arena

TV Time: 10 a.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

 

Do not sleep on the host country. While the women's side is far less dominant than the men's side, the team has some serious firepower and already moved past Germany by a 4-1 margin to recently pick up its first victory in preliminaries.

Led by Olga Sosina, the team rattled off four goals in a span of six minutes and five seconds to take down Germany. The third-period rally is just one example of what the Russians are capable of in front of their home crowd, and they figure to be the favorites against Japan, which lost its opening match to Sweden, 1-0.

The young Russian team reeks of confidence, as it never let an early deficit against Germany deter them. Forward Yekaterina Pashkevich put it best after the game, via the Associated Press, by way of The Washington Post:

“We knew it was only one goal, but in sports, if you give the opponent the opportunity to believe they can play against you, they will play.”

While predictable, it is also interesting to note that the game drew the biggest crowd yet to Shayba Arena, so to bet against Russia in a matchup against the inexperienced team from Japan may prove unwise.

 

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