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Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 11:24 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Latvia to start Gudlevskis vs. Canada; Daugavins out

Latvia will start Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis in goal over Edgars Masalskis and be without the services of forwards Kaspars Daugavins for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against Canada (Noon ET, MSNBC, CBC).

Gudlevskis started Latvia's final game of group play, a 5-3 loss to Sweden. Masalskis started Tuesday and made 32 saves in a 3-1 win against Switzerland that sent Latvia into the quarterfinals of an Olympic tournament for the first time in its history.

Daugavins, who has played in the NHL as recently as the 2012-13 season with the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins, is reportedly out due to an illness.

Forward Herberts Vasiljevs was also listed as a scratch for Latvia against Canada.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 7:45 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Pacioretty replaces Stepan in U.S. lineup

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will draw back into the United States lineup for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2) at Shayba Arena.

Pacioretty will replace Derek Stepan, who played six shifts totaling 4:59 of ice time in the Americans' final preliminary-round game, against Slovenia on Sunday.

In two games Pacioretty has one assist, a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal while averaging 10:0 of ice time per game.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal with Ryan Miller serving as the backup.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 12:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Finland

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for Russia on Wednesday when it faces Finland (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) in a quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a team spokesman said.

The Colorado Avalanche goaltender has won each of his starts in Sochi. He made 12 saves in a 5-2 victory against Slovenia in Russia's opener, then stopped all 27 shots he faced in regulation and overtime in a 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia in their Group A finale Sunday. Varlamov also stopped Slovakia's two attempts in the tiebreaker.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 11:58 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Czech Republic's Elias out vs. Slovakia

Patrik Elias is sitting out the Czech Republic's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Slovakia (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC) due to an illness.

Elias also sat out the Czech's preliminary-round finale against Switzerland on Sunday.

In two games Elias has one assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal while averaging 13:18 of ice time per game.

The 37-year-old forward, playing in his fourth Olympics, also is second on the New Jersey Devils in scoring this season with 33 points in 44 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 10:12 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Quick to start for U.S. in quarterfinals

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the United States on Wednesday in its quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The United States will face the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2).

Quick of the Los Angeles Kings started the United States' first two games. He allowed three goals on 54 shots in a 7-1 win against Slovakia and a 3-2 shootout victory against Russia.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 6:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Norway's Zuccarello out with hand injury

Norway's lone NHL player, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, will not play in the team's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Russia (7:30 a.m., NBCSN, CBC) due to a hand injury.

Zuccarello has no points in three games, but is second on the team with 10 shots on goal. He also leads Norway's forwards with an average ice time of 22:25 per game.

The winner of the game between fifth-seeded Russia and No. 12 Norway plays Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 4:47 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Price to start for Canada in quarterfinals

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal for Canada in its quarterfinal game on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET; MSNBC, CBC).

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the decision Tuesday.

Canada, which earned a bye into the quarterfinals by winning Group B during preliminary-round play, will face the winner of the qualifying-round game between Switzerland and Latvia.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 1:52 AM

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Bobrovsky to start for Russia vs. Norway

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia on Tuesday in a play-in game against Norway (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), according to a team spokesman.

Bobrovsky, who stopped 31 shots during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday, his first start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, served as backup to Semyon Varlamov in Russia's 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia on Sunday.

This will be Bobrovsky's second start in Sochi. Varlamov also started Russia's opener against Slovenia, a 5-2 win.

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Posted On Monday, 02.17.2014 / 8:04 AM

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Kovalchuk not on ice for Russia's practice

SOCHI -- Russia's star forward, Ilya Kovalchuk, did not practice with the Russian team during a training session Monday afternoon at Bolshoy Ice Dome's training rink.

The Russians, who finished second in Group A, play Norway, the No. 12 seed, in a qualification game Tuesday (7:30 a.m. ET). The winner of that game advances to the quarterfinal stage on Wednesday and will play Finland, the fourth seed.

Kovalchuk was injured in the second period of the final preliminary game Sunday against Slovakia. He returned for the third period and also took part in the shootout, scoring a goal, as Russia won the game 1-0.

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Posted On Monday, 02.17.2014 / 6:07 AM

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Starting times for play-in games announced

Times and locations for the play-in games to advance to the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament quarterfinals have been announced.

All four games will be played Tuesday. Each play-in winner will face off against one of the top-four seeds – Sweden, the United States, Canada and Finland – in the quarterfinal round Wednesday.


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