One of the biggest highlights of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments, and the madness will continue into Day 5 and throughout most of the remaining Games.
While the women’s tournament is already in full swing, the men’s group matchups will begin on Day 5. With NHL players representing many different nations and the league on vacation, hockey fans from all over the world will have a vested interest in these Olympic Games.
Here is the full schedule and television information for Day 5 of the Olympic hockey tournaments.
|Day 5 Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Schedule|
|Date||Time (ET)||Matchup||Classification||Predicted Winner|
|Feb. 12||3 a.m.||Switzerland vs. Finland||Women's||Finland|
|Feb. 12||7:30 a.m.||Canada vs. United States||Women's||United States|
|Feb. 12||12 p.m.||Latvia vs. Switzerland||Men's||Switzerland|
|Feb. 12||12 p.m.||Czech Republic vs. Sweden||Men's||Sweden|
Team USA Takes on Canada
One of the most underrated rivalries of the 2014 Olympics is the battle between the United States and Canada in women’s hockey. As the two best teams in the tournament, any time these squads go head-to-head is a fierce competition.
Team USA has gone undefeated through the first two games of the group portion of the tournament—beating Finland and Switzerland decisively—but will be matched up against a Canadian team that is also undefeated, allowing zero goals in two games.
Team Canada owns this rivalry, taking down Team USA in each of the last three Winter Olympics, but this is a much different United States team.
With more speed and offensive prowess than Team USA usually possesses, as well as stellar defense in front of a strong group of goaltenders, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Americans to stun the Canadians and set the tone for the latter stages of the tournament.
Men’s Games Kick Off With a Bang
While the women’s hockey tournament has forced fans that weren’t interested in the Games to take notice with Team USA’s elite performance and upcoming meeting with Canada, the men’s tournament will begin on Wednesday.
The men’s tournament opens with an interesting battle between Latvia and Switzerland. Latvia will be led by former NHL star Sandis Ozolinsh and will face a tough initial test against a tough Swiss goaltender in Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller.
The second men’s game will be an incredible battle between the Czech Republic and Sweden.
As well as the Czech Republic is expected to play while being led by a star like Jaromir Jagr and the 16 other NHL players, the Swedish team is one of the favorites to win the gold medal in men’s hockey.
Led by goalie Henrik Lundqvist, as well as forwards Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Zetterberg, Team Sweden will kick off the men’s tournament on Wednesday by setting the tone for the Games.