It's here! It's here! Men's hockey finally gets under way today. The gold medal favorites of Team USA, Team Canada, Russia and Finland play tonight.
In case you missed it, or need to find it again as you remove the sleep from your eye, here are the matchups, times and channels each game will be broadcast on.
|Slovakia||v||USA||6:30 AM CST||NBCSN|
|Slovenia||v||Russia||6:30 AM CST||MSNBC|
|Austria||v||Finland||2:00 AM CST||NBCSN|
|Norway||v||Canada||11:00 AM CST||USA
Jamie Benn is expected to play his first game in the Winter Olympics, with Kari Lehtonen serving as Tuuka Rask's backup for Finland. In a change from what we had seen reported previously, it appears that Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin will be in the lineup for Russia's game versus Slovenia:
Varlamov starts for the Russians today. Bobrovsky backs up. Tikhonov and Svitov are scratched so Nichushkin is in.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 13, 2014
Here's my bold predictions for today's play:
USA defeats Slovakia 6-2
Russia defeats Slovenia 3-1
Finland beats Austria 5-0
Canada beats Norway 7-1
What's your bold prediction for the games today? Let's talk hockey.