Olympic Hockey 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Team Predictions for Day 7

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 14, 2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Jamie Benn #22 of Canada celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the second period against Lars Haugen #30 of Norway during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After two days of men's ice hockey in the 2014 Olympics, we have already seen some impressive performances from the more dominant teams. The standings are beginning to reflect which countries look to be the favorites for the remaining competition.

However, there are still plenty of games left in the tournament, and Day 7 brings with it more enticing action.

Currently, each team has played one game in the preliminary round. Let's take a look at the standings before these teams take the ice once again on Friday:

Group A Standings
TeamWinsLossesGoalsGoals AgainstPoints
United States10713
Russia10523
Slovenia01250
Slovakia01170
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Group B Standings
TeamWinsLossesGoalsGoals AgainstPoints
Finland10843
Canada10313
Norway01130
Austria01480
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Group C Standings
TeamWinsLossesGoalsGoals AgainstPoints
Sweden10423
Switzerland10103
Latvia01010
Czech Republic01240
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On Friday, the standings will continue to take shape, as we will see action from the eight teams from Group B and Group C. Let's take a closer look at all four of these matches, as well as provide all viewing information and give a prediction for each.

 

Group C: Czech Republic vs. Latvia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Alexander Salak #53 of Czech Republic looks on against Sweden during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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When: Friday, Feb. 14

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

TV Time: 3 a.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Prediction

Both of these teams will look to get on track on Friday, as each lost their opening contest. The Czech Republic lost to a very strong Sweden team by a score of 4-2. Sweden got out in front early, but the Czechs made a game of it, getting two goals past Henrik Lundqvist.

Latvia was involved in a defensive struggle against Switzerland, losing by a score of 1-0. Goaltender Edgars Masalskis was on point, recording 38 saves. However, he will have his hands full against the Czech Republic's strong offense.

Czech Republic 3, Latvia 1

 

Group C: Sweden vs. Switzerland

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Henrik Lundqvist #30 of Sweden makes a save against Czech Republic during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Ru
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When: Friday, Feb. 14

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

TV Time: 7:30 a.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Prediction

The winner of this matchup should go on to earn the top spot in Group C, as these two teams are the strongest of the four. Sweden looked as advertised during their opening contest against the Czech Republic. The team's depth on offense was on display as they scored early and often.

Switzerland had a rather difficult time against Latvia. A third-period goal was the difference in the game for this team. Against the Swedes, they will have to find a way to generate more offense to keep up the pace. They may find it tough to find the back of the net once again with Lundqvist guarding the goal.

Sweden 4, Switzerland 1

 

Group B: Norway vs. Finland

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Per-Aage Skroeder #19, Patrick Thoresen #41 of Norway Mats Zuccarello Aasen #36 of Norway celebrate with teammates after Mathis Olimb #46 of Norway scored a goal against Canada during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Gr
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When: Friday, Feb. 14

Where: Shayba Arena

TV Time: 12 p.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Prediction

Finland got off to the hottest start of the tournament, scoring eight goals against Austria in its opening game. With goals from six different players, the Finns' depth on offense was well on display. However, goaltending was a bit shaky, as Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on only 20 shots.

Norway kept it close with a very strong Canadian team during their opening matchup, losing by a score of 3-1. Goaltender Lars Haugen performed admirably, recording 35 saves on 38 shots. Going into Friday's matchup, the team with the best defense will come out on top.

Norway 3, Finland 2

 

Group B: Canada vs. Austria

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Shea Weber #6 of Canada celebrates with his teammate Sidney Crosby #87 after scoring a goal in the second period against Lars Haugen #30 of Norway during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day six of the S
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When: Friday, Feb. 14

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

TV Time: 12 p.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Prediction

Canada got off to a nice start against Norway, winning by a score of 3-1. One of the deepest teams in the tournament, Canada is sound both offensively and defensively. The balance of this team will continue to pay off as the tournament goes on.

Austria struggled mightily in its opening game, allowing eight goals to Finland. The Finns took a high amount of shots on goal, as goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum recorded 44 saves on 52 shots. This team will face lots of pressure once again—this time from Canada on Friday.

Canada 5, Austria 2