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All Five Coyotes Olympians In Action Friday

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


When: Friday, 1 a.m. MT (MSNBC, TSN), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Each team is looking to bounce back after losing its opener. The Czechs, with Coyotes players Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek paid the price for a bad start in a 4-2 loss to Sweden; Latvia was 7.9 seconds from getting to overtime against Switzerland before a bad bounce resulted in the game's only goal and a 1-0 loss.

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When: Friday, 5:30 a.m. MT (NBCSN, TSN), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: With each team coming off a win in its opener, the victor Friday is in the driver's seat to win Group C. For Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Sweden, that's what the expectation was heading into the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Switzerland has an opportunity to put itself in control by pulling off the upset.

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When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (USA, CBC), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Canada is back in action one day after sweating out a 3-1 win against Norway. A favorite to win the gold medal, the Canadians will have a new look in goal with Roberto Luongo, who led his country to gold in 2010, getting the start Friday. Mike Smith will back up and Carey Price, the winning goaltender Thursday, will not dress. Austria finds itself in need of a win after starting strong but fading fast in an 8-4 loss to Finland on Thursday.

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When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (MSNBC, SNET), NBC LiveExtra Online

Where: Shayba Arena

What's at stake: Both teams will be playing for the second straight day. Finland, for whom Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski plays, will try to play like it did in the final two periods of its 8-4 win Thursday against Austria, and hopes to have captain Teemu Selanne in the lineup. Selanne sat out the final two periods Thursday with what coach Erkka Westerlund called a "small upper-body injury." Norway will try to build on the positives from its 3-1 loss to Canada on Thursday.

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