SOCHI -- Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk knows the up-and-down North American game as well as anybody here, having played it for nearly 13 years with the Detroit Red Wings. He also knows how different that style is from the skilled game the Russians want to play on the big ice at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Saturday against the United States.
Datsyuk thinks only one way can work for his team.
SOG: 108 | +/-: -4
The U.S. isn't planning to make it easy for Russia in the second game of Group A preliminary-round play for each team (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
The Americans want to be hard, fast and physical every chance they get against the Russians.
They'll use a shut-down defense pair of Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin against the uber-skilled line of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin. They also may use a bruising checking line of Dustin Brown, David Backes and Ryan Callahan against those three Russian stars.