3 PM ET / Noon PT : USA vs Norway in Group A action
Broadcast details: Live coverage on USA Network
In Team USA's victory over Switzerland in the first game of the Olympic tournament, the major hole in the team turned out to be the one that solidified the victory. America's three goals were scored by Bobby Ryan, David Backes and Ryan Malone, showing off the secondary scoring on this club that most people thought would be their downfall.
Instead, the problem that came out of their 3-1 victory on Tuesday was that the top line didn't produce. Zach Parise, thought to be the most potent scorer on the USA squad and a member of that top line, said that he didn't think he and linemates Patrick Kane and Paul Stastny were 'good at all.' It's probably just a chemistry issue at this point since, basically, these guys have never played with each other.
So on that front, they're extremely lucky that they have the Swiss and now Norway today as tune up matches before facing off against Canada on Sunday. Comparing the outcome of today's game against Norway with that of Canada's 8-0 demolition of the Norwegians on Tuesday could be bit of a barometer towards seeing how good this American team can be.
The game thread can be found on SBNation.com, here. Hope to see everybody there!