2014 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey: Preview and Predictions for USA-Slovakia Game

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2014 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey: Preview and Predictions for USA-Slovakia Game
Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

There are few Olympic events as exciting as men's hockey. The very best players from around the globe come together, and while many are no strangers to high-stakes hockey, this is the time when they play for something beyond even the coveted Stanley Cupthey play for global pride.

The format for the tournament is a bit complicated at first glance but is explained in-depth at NHL.com. It is a round robin format where each team in each group plays all the other teams. At this point, they are competing for seeding. 

The matchup between Team USA and Slovakia has been much anticipated and will be the first game that both teams play in the tournament. 

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