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Switzerland-Norway a battle for third in Group A

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

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Switzerland-Norway a battle for third in Group A
Norway vs. Switzerland
Norway (0-0-0-2, 0 points) vs. Switzerland (0-0-1-1, 1 point)

NOTE: records are presented as three-point wins (regulation time), two-point wins (OT or shootout), one-point losses (OT or shootout), zero-point losses (regulation time).
 
What to watch --
This will be an interesting game to watch, if for no other reason than the fact that it will most likely be a more European style than any of the other games in the tournament. There are virtually no NHL players in this game. The Norwegians don't have a single one on their roster, although they do have minor-league defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and former NHLer Patrick Thoresen, who is now a star in the KHL. For the Swiss, No. 1 defenseman Mark Streit and goalie Jonas Hiller are the only two NHL players. Regardless, both of these teams can skate and there is much at stake. The winner of this game will finish third in Group A and have a slightly easier road to the quarterfinal portion of the tournament. The loser will play most likely play the second-place finisher from Group B or Group C.
 
Last game --
Norway lost to the United States, 6-1, on Thursday; Switzerland dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Canada on Thursday.
 
Team Reports:

 
Norway -- The Norwegians have found bright spots in both of their Group A games so far, holding the powerful Canadians without a goal for the first 22 minutes of their game on Tuesday. Thursday, it was merely a 3-1 deficit against the Americans with 6 minutes remaining in the game, before a late three-goal outburst made the scoreline seem more unseemly than it was. But the time for moral victories is gone. This is a game the Norwegians can entertain thoughts of winning. It will require their best game of the tournament by far, and it will be interesting to see if the Norwegians have any gas left in the tank. Mats Zuccarello Aasen was their most dangerous offensive player Thursday and Tollefsen added some sandpaper on D in his first appearance of these Olympics.
 
Switzerland -- The Swiss have done everything but win in their first two games, pushing the Canadians to a shootout and scaring the Americans, as well, before falling 3-1. Switzerland feels confident it can take this game against Norway, but they know they will be forced to play differently against the defense-first Norwegians. "Norway will present different challenges for us," Swiss coach Ralph Krueger said. "We will be playing with the puck a lot more in this game." Hiller has been amazing for the Swiss, allowing just five goals on 70 shots against the Americans and Canadians. Streit, meanwhile, has been a workhorse on the blue, averaging almost 24 minutes a game. Among the Euro-based players, Ivo Ruthemann and Roman Wick, each of whom scored against Canada, have been the most dangerous forwards.
 
Total NHL players on rosters --
Norway: 0. Switzerland: 2.
 
Puck Drop --
The Swiss still have designs of causing trouble in this tournament. To do that, they want to finish third in the group to get a better seed in the qualification tournament and, then, hopefully make it to the quarterfinals. "This is our last game of the regular season and then we get ready for the playoffs," Krueger said.
 
NHL.com Prediction --
After two bitter losses, there is danger of a letdown on the part of the Swiss. But there is too much at stake here, and the Swiss will find a way to grit out a win. It won't be pretty -- and it rarely is when scoring goals is a life-and-death struggle -- but the Swiss will win by at least two goals.

 
Norway
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
21 M. Ask 6'1" 201 5/14/1980 Oslo, NOR
20 A. Bastiansen 6'3" 205 10/31/1980 Oslo, NOR
29 R. Dahlstrøm 6'0" 207 1/29/1988 Oslo, NOR
26 K. Forsberg 6'1" 203 5/5/1986 Oslo, NOR
8 M. Hansen 6'1" 194 9/16/1978 Trondheim, NOR
43 F. Lystad Jacobsen 5'11" 190 2/15/1990 Asker, NOR
13 S. Olden 6'4" 194 8/29/1992 Oslo, NOR
40 K. Andre Olimb 5'10" 176 1/21/1989 Oslo, NOR
46 M. Olimb 5'10" 183 2/1/1986 Oslo, NOR
51 M. Rosseli Olsen 5'11" 183 4/29/1991 Oslo, NOR
28 N. Roest 5'9" 176 8/3/1986 Oslo, NOR
22 M. Røymark 6'0" 190 11/10/1986 Oslo, NOR
19 P. Skrøder 5'11" 203 8/4/1978 Sarpsborg, NOR
41 P. Thoresen 5'11" 185 11/7/1983 Hamar, NOR
36 M. Zuccarello NYR 5'7" 179 9/1/1987 Oslo, NOR
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
47 A. Bonsaksen 5'11" 183 1/24/1987 Oslo, NOR
6 J. Holøs 5'11" 203 8/27/1987 Sarpsborg, NOR
39 H. Solberg 6'3" 220 4/15/1987 Trondheim, NOR
4 D. Sørvik 6'0" 183 3/11/1990 Oslo, NOR
55 O. Tollefsen 6'2" 209 6/6/1984 Oslo, NOR
23 M. Trygg 5'10" 187 6/1/1976 Oslo, NOR
42 H. Ødegaard 5'10" 187 2/12/1988 Asker, NOR
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
30 L. Haugen 6'0" 183 3/19/1987 Oslo, NOR
70 S. Søberg 5'11" 176 8/6/1993 Oslo, NOR
34 L. Volden 6'3" 201 7/26/1992 Oslo, NOR
Switzerland
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
10 A. Ambühl 5'9" 192 9/14/1983 Davos, SUI
48 M. Bieber 5'11" 187 3/14/1986 Zürich, SUI
23 S. Bodenmann 5'10" 187 3/2/1988 Urnäsch, SUI
96 D. Brunner NJD 5'10" 185 3/9/1986 Zürich, SUI
12 L. Cunti 6'0" 187 7/4/1989 Zürich, SUI
51 R. Gardner 6'6" 227 4/18/1978 Toronto, ON
70 D. Hollenstein 6'0" 194 10/15/1989 Mosnang, SUI
82 S. Moser NSH 6'2" 214 3/10/1989 Bern, SUI
22 N. Niederreiter MIN 6'2" 209 9/8/1992 Chur, SUI
28 M. Plüss 5'9" 187 4/5/1977 Bülach, SUI
88 K. Romy 6'0" 194 1/31/1985 La Chax-de-Fonds, SUI
24 R. Suri 6'0" 185 3/25/1989 Zürich, SUI
43 M. Trachsler 6'0" 198 7/15/1984 Zürich, SUI
14 R. Wick 6'2" 207 12/30/1985 Zuzwil, SUI
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
5 S. Blindenbacher 5'11" 194 3/15/1983 Bülach, SUI
16 R. Diaz VAN 5'11" 197 1/9/1986 Baar, SUI
90 R. Josi NSH 6'1" 192 6/1/1990 Bern, SUI
31 M. Seger 5'11" 190 12/17/1977 Ermatingen, SUI
7 M. Streit PHI 5'11" 191 12/11/1977 Bern, SUI
3 J. Vauclair 6'0" 203 10/2/1979 Bure, SUI
72 P. von Gunten 5'11" 183 2/10/1985 Sigriswil, SUI
6 Y. Weber VAN 5'11" 200 9/23/1988 Morges, SUI
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
R. Berra CGY 6'4" 194 1/3/1987 Bülach, SUI
J. Hiller ANA 6'2" 192 2/12/1982 Felben Wellhausen, SUI
T. Stephan 6'3" 187 1/21/1984 Zürich, SUI