USA vs. Russian Athletes Women's Hockey Live-Stream Schedule, Odds

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2018

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11:  Monique Lamoureux-Morando #7 of the United States looks on against Finland during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round - Group A game against Finland on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The United States women's hockey team will continue its push for a gold medal on Tuesday morning against the Olympic Athletes from Russia in Group A play.

Below, you'll find the viewing schedule, medal odds and a preview of the game. 

          

When: Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:10 a.m. ET

Watch: NBCSN

Stream: NBCOlympics.com

Odds to Win Gold: United States (-120); Olympic Athletes of Russia (+1800), according to OddsShark.com.

                  

Preview

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11:  Nadezhda Morozova #92 of Olympic Athlete from Russia looks on against Canada during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round - Group A game on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey C
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The United States and the Olympic Athletes of Russia couldn't have had much different starts to the Pyeongchang Games.

While the United States overcame an early deficit—and the splendid goalkeeping of Noora Raty—to beat Finland, 3-1, the Russians were rocked by Canada, 5-0. 

Neither result is a major surprise, as the Americans and Canadians are the favorites in the tournament. For the OAR, meanwhile, they have the unlucky distinction of being the No. 4-ranked team in the world, which meant they ended up in the stacked Group A, which is comprised of the top four teams.

Because Canada and the United States have been so dominant, the tournament format was changed before the last Olympics to put the top four teams in a group together. The top two finishers in that group still get a bye until the semifinals once the knockout phase of the tournament begins, with the third-place finisher in the group facing the the No. 2 team from Group B and the No. 4 team from Group A facing the top finisher in Group B.

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Essentially, Russia's goal is to finish third in this group. Upsetting a team of the United States' quality would be considered a monumental upset. 

But anything can happen when they drop the puck. Slowing down the United States' dangerous attack will be no easy feat for a Russian side that just gave up five goals, 48 shots and seven power plays to Canada, but much like Finland did to the United States, Russia managed to keep Canada scoreless through one.

That was in large part due to Nadezhda Morozova putting on a solid display in net, stopping all 15 shots she faced in the first frame. The problem was that Morozova couldn't survive Canada's onslaught in the second period, a fear going into the contest against the United States after they responded to Finland's strong first period.

For the United States, meanwhile, maintaining pressure and putting the puck on net will be key in this tournament.

"We can score pretty goals, but we're not afraid to get in the mix of it and get some ugly ones if we need to," Monique Lamoureux-Morando said following the Finland win, per Wayne Drehs of ESPN.com. "That's how we're going to have to score a lot of goals in these Olympics."

Head coach Robb Stauber concurred.

"The one thing I thought we could do was get more pucks to the net," he said. "We're going to be tough to beat if we get pucks to the net and hunt down pucks and rebounds."

Russia's best chance, then, may be to return the United States' aggression with some of their own. Canada took the game to them and the Russians paid the price, and the United States will look to dominate possession and keep Morozova under constant pressure as well. 

She responded well for a period, but at some point the United States will crack her code. If the Russians allow as many shots and power-play opportunities to the Americans as they did against Canada, they'll be in for another tough result.