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Olympic Hockey Day 8: The Calm Before The Storm

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Welcome to the fifth of a regular feature throughout the Olympic break, an open thread to discuss all that is going on in the sport of hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  (Note: John or I make these the night before, scheduled to appear at 10 AM.  I should be up for the late games, so hang out with me, won't you?.)

Just so you know, the Devils are stepping up online for additional coverage.  The official site has a hub for the Olympics; complete with a schedule for both tournaments. The team site also has a blog written by team correspondent Scott Modrzynski called The Devil is in the Details.  All posts are listed on the hub; just scroll down past the players and you'll see it on the side.  Zach Parise is also providing a few words to Tom Gulitti's Fire & Ice every day, so check that out.

In last night's late night action, we finally saw a favorite really demolish an underdog, as Finland thrashed Germany, 5-0, and Teemu Selanne set the Olympic record for points in a career.  The Czechs handled Latvia by a score of 5-2, Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist.  The Swedes defeated Belarus 4-2 early in the afternoon.


Special Rule: Do not use these posts to complain about how no one cares about Women's or Men's Ice Hockey. This isn't the place for that. Violators will be banned until March 1 assuming no other rules were broken.

Please use this post will be used to collect for all your comments, analysis, and thoughts about today's hockey games in Women's and Men's Ice Hockey games.   Not the other Olympic sports, mind you.

Men's Ice Hockey

3:00 PM ET/Noon PT - Group A: Norway vs. Switzerland (MSNBC) - Three points would put Switzerland in the running for a higher seed in the qualification round, but neither team can make a bye.  It'll be interesting to see which team gets the three points.

7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT - Group B: Slovakia vs. Latvia (MSNBC) - After decent efforts vs. the Czechs and Russia, a game vs. the Slovaks seems the Latvians best chance for a point.  Slovakia meanwhile, is likely headed for a top seed in the qualification round.

Midnight ET/9:00 PM PT - Group C: Belarus vs. Germany (MSNBC) - This should be a fairly competitive tilt as both these teams look for their first points in the tournament, and a chance to make what could be a winnable 8-9 seed game in the qualification round.

Want to watch the games online and legally?  NBC has them here.  Thanks to user C.J.Richey121 for the heads up.  Join us, won't you?