The Winter Olympics 2014 hockey live stream and televised coverage of Team USA continues on Wednesday, Feb. 19 as the United States plays their first quarterfinals game of the Sochi ice hockey playoffs. The U.S. will take on the Czech Republic, who was able to outlast Slovakia in Tuesday's qualification game. Meanwhile, eyes will also be on the Canada game taking place at the same time, to see if the U.S. will meet them in the semifinals. The latest televised and live stream Olympics hockey coverage will be provided thanks to NBC sports sources.
According to a SBNation.com report, today’s game will be available not just for U.S. viewers, but also those in Canada. The game will be on Canada’s TSN2, and also live streaming through the Olympics.CBC.ca website for those in Canada. SB Nation notes that USA channel will have the live coverage of today’s game on TV as well. Other men's ice hockey coverage has been available on NBC Sports Network for the United States, with MSNBC expected to cover some games as well.
In today’s game, Czech Republic goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will play in a back-to-back, a situation which hasn’t favored him during his NHL career. During his time in the league in those particular situations, he’s achieved a 4-17-0 record with 4.22 goals allowed on average. That would seem to favor a United States roster that features five of the NHL’s top 20 goal scorers this season. Among them are Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski. The Czech Republic is riding the momentum of their 5-3 win over Slovakia on Tuesday, while Team USA has been resting since Sunday. Their last game was a 5-1 victory over Slovenia.
For today’s game, the United States comes in as -300 favorites, while the Czech Republic is a -240 underdog, depending on which sports book one consults. In addition, Team USA is now second favorite behind Canada to win the Gold medal, with odds of 5/2. They’ve even moved ahead of host nation Russia in that category. However, many analysts believe that Team USA shouldn't take today's opponent lately, as they boast 17 NHL stars of their own. Will they have enough to pull out a second straight win and a major upset over the United States?
Wednesday's Team USA vs. Czech Republic ice hockey game has a scheduled start time of 12 p.m. EST, as does Canada vs. Latvia. U.S. viewers can see the Team USA game as it plays out live on USA. The Canada hockey game will also be televised but on MSNBC. Live streaming online coverage is presented through the NBC Olympics Live Extra website found here. The winners of these two games will play one another in just a few days for a semifinals matchup, to determine which of the two teams heads to the Gold Medal Game on Sunday.