The Hurricanes' top defensive pairing of Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera will skate for the United States and Slovakia, respectively, while experienced winger Tuomo Ruutu rejoins Finland and last-second Team Russia addition Alexander Semin returns to his home nation.
Faulk, Sekera and Semin are all guaranteed head-to-head meetings, as Russia, Slovakia and USA (as well as Slovenia) compose the highly competitive Group A. The full Group Stage layout is below:
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
Teams earn three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime win, one point for an overtime loss and zero points for a regulation loss.
The three group winners and one additional team will receive byes in the first round of the elimination stage.
Of the four Hurricanes participating, only Faulk will be experiencing his first Olympic hockey. Ruutu earned the Bronze Medal in Vancouver in 2010, while Sekera and Semin both also took part—at the time, representing the Sabres and Capitals, respectively.
Where will each 'Cane Olympian fit on his country's roster? How far can they each be expected to go in the tournament? When can fans watch them on Sochi ice from their N.C. televisions?
A full preview for each Carolina Hurricane at the 2014 Olympics lies on the coming slides.
Note: Tape delays of select games will be replayed at 1 pm ET and 3 pm ET each day on NBCSN.