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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 3:55 AM

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Ryan Miller to start for U.S. against Slovenia

Ryan Miller will make his first start in goal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday when the United States plays Slovenia (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN) in the teams' final Group A game, USA Hockey announced.

Miller, who was the MVP at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, served as the backup to Jonathan Quick in the first two U.S. games in Sochi.

Quick stopped 51 of the 54 shots he faced in a 7-1 win against Slovakia on Thursday and a 3-2 shootout win against Russia on Saturday. He also stopped five of eight attempts in the penalty-shot tiebreaker against the Russians.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:58 AM

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Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Slovakia

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal when Russia plays Slovakia on Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, USA, SNET) in the teams' Group A preliminary-round finale, according to a team spokesman.

Varlamov started Russia's 2014 Sochi Olympics opener Thursday against Slovenia. The Colorado Avalanche goalie stopped 12 of 14 shots in the 5-2 win.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday. The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender surrendered goals on four of eight U.S. attempts in the breakaway tiebreaker, all to St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 3:28 PM

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Finland's Barkov to miss remainder of Olympics

Finland center Aleksander Barkov will miss the rest of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a knee injury sustained Friday against Norway.

According to reports in the Finnish media, the team doctor for Finland has ruled Barkov out for 4-6 weeks after he underwent an MRI.

Barkov, a rookie in the NHL this season with the Florida Panthers after being taken with the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, left the game early in the third period. He had three shots on goal and won seven of nine faceoffs in 18 shifts totaling 15:03 of ice time against Norway.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 11:54 AM

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Illness keeps Elias out of Czech Republic game

Czech Republic forward Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils won't play Saturday against Switzerland due to illness.

Each team has one regulation win in two games for three points and is battling for second place in Group C, which has already been clinched by Sweden.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 8:52 AM

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Slovenia's Kovacevic faces IIHF disciplinary hearing

Slovenia defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic faces a disciplinary hearing with the International Ice Hockey Federation on Sunday morning.

The hearing, presided over by the IIHF disciplinary committee, concerns a hit delivered by Kovacevic to Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky during the Group A game between the teams Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Kopecky, who plays for the Florida Panthers in the NHL, was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

Slovenia won the game 3-1, its first Olympic victory.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 7:02 AM

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U.S. scatches Stepan, Faulk and Howard vs. Russia

The United States will scratch center Derek Stepan, defenseman Justin Faulk and goaltender Jimmy Howard for its Group A game against Russia on Saturday.

The same three players were scratched Thursday when the United States beat Slovakia 7-1 in its first game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Coach Dan Bylsma opted to use the same lineup and to go with goaltender Jonathan Quick for the second straight game.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 4:03 AM

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Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky leaves with injury

Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky on Saturday became the second Florida Panthers player to leave a game with an injury at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Kopecky sustained an apparent upper-body injury in the first period when he collided with Slovenia's Sabahudin Kovacevic. He did not return for the second.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 3:20 AM

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Babcock, Yzerman to attend U.S.-Russia

The Group A showdown between the United States and Russia at Bolshoy Ice Dome will have a couple of especially interested spectators: Canada coach Mike Babcock and executive director Steve Yzerman plan to be in attendance.

"You go to see high-level hockey and what the standard is," Babcock told the media Saturday morning.

Canada has the day off before facing Finland, with the winner earning first place in Group B and a bye into the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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Posted On Friday, 02.14.2014 / 11:45 AM

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Slovakian forward Marcinko out for tournament

Slovakian forward Tomas Marcinko, who sustained a leg injury in his first game for his country in a loss to the United States on Thursday, will not play another game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The International Ice Hockey Federation website reported the news Friday morning.

Marcinko, who sustained torn ligaments, also may miss the remainder of the season for HC Kosice in the Slovak Extraliga, according to team doctor Vladimir Luptak. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 44 games for HC Kosice this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 10:30 AM

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Sweden captain Zetterberg bothered by herniated disk

Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg did not take part in practice Thursday and missed the team picture due to a herniated disk.

Zetterberg is day-to-day and could still play against Switzerland on Friday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), according to Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldeback.

"We will [make the] decision [Friday] and see how he feels and how he adjusts to anti-inflammatory treatment and rest," Waldeback said.

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