The Sochi 2014 Olympics live stream and television coverage continues on Friday, Feb. 21, as men's ice hockey is under the spotlight in Russia. With the host country eliminated from the playoffs, Team USA's greatest challenge may now be in Gold medal favorites, Team Canada. The two teams clash in a rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Gold Medal game on Friday afternoon. The latest televised and live stream Winter Olympics hockey coverage arrives courtesy of various NBC sources.
According to Newsday.com in their Feb. 20 report, Canada will be without NHL player John Tavares of the New York Islanders for this game. Tavares suffered an Olympics and season-ending knee injury against Latvia in Canada’s 2-1 quarterfinals win on Tuesday. Reports indicate that Tavares has a torn left medical collateral ligament and torn meniscus in his knee.
Tavares is among many players from the NHL featured in the Olympics. In Friday’s game there will be nine NHL teams represented by players from both sides. Among them are the St. Louis Blues with five players, and the Kings, Blackhawks and Penguins with four each. Among the Blackhawks players are teammates Patrick Kane of Team USA and Jonathan Toews of Canada.
Toews said of he and his teammate’s view of the impending matchup:
"I don't think either of us doubted it at all that at some point we'd be facing off, whether it's the semifinal or the final. To win a gold medal we felt like it's pretty much necessary to go through the U.S. at some point and them the other way around."
The two teams met in the previous Olympics, where Canada was the host nation. Sidney Crosby was able to win the game with an overtime goal, preventing Team USA from claiming the gold. While they took silver in that game, they’d love nothing more than to put Canada into the Bronze medal game. Not only is it a game of bragging rights among teammates, but among nations. As NHL.com reported, L.A. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty of Team Canada told the media;
"You want those bragging rights. For the rest of the season, for the rest of your life, really.
I want to beat them so badly."
The United States and Canada remain at pretty much even odds in terms of the favorite to win this anticipated matchup, although taking Canada to win by more than 1 goal is priced at +240. Canada also remain favorites to win the Gold Medal in Sochi at 2 to 1, but Team USA is a 5 to 2 favorite in second place, with Sweden and Finland the third and fourth favorites to win Gold.
Friday afternoon's USA vs. Canada men's hockey game has a scheduled start time of 12 p.m. Noon Eastern Standard Time. United States viewers can watch on television via NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on cable and satellite providers. In addition to TV coverage, there's also live streaming online coverage through the NBC Olympics Live Extra website. This site is available for use by cable and satellite customers around the United States, by logging in through their providers. Replays will be available following the game on television and the NBC Olympics site.