USA is determined to get to the Gold medal round. USA is still getting over a heartbreaker from 2010. USA lost to Canada in the Gold medal round 3-2 in OT. Their journey begins tomorrow at 7:30 am eastern time
Slovakia is not a team to sleep on whatsoever. The team only lost to Canada in the semifinals in Vancouver by one goal. The team may have aged talenet in Marian Hossa but the man is still a solid game changer. The team also features NHLers Tomas Tatar, Michal Handzus, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Richard Panik, Andrej Sekera, Zdeno Chara, Andrej Meszaros, Jaroslav Halak, and Peter Budaj.
Who to watch for on team Slovakia: Marian Hossa. USA’s defense may be a big problem, and we still need to see how Jonathan Quick plays. Also watch to see if Peter Budaj gets the start, last time he played against the US he stole the show keeping them to only one goal.
Team USA is determined to fight their way back to the Gold medal round, where they lost last Olympics to Canada in OT. Led by Zach Parise team USA is stacked with forwards. from Phil Kessel to Patrick Kane. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has recorded 27 goals and 36 assists this season. Defense men John Carlson will make his Olympic debut against Slovakia The blue liner for the Washington Capitals has scored 10 goals this season and has a -3 rating. That’s not all Slovakia has to deal with. Jonathan Quick will start in net for team USA. Quick has posted a .911 SV% this season with the kings.
Who to watch for on team USA: Patrick Kane. Slovakia will have a tough time containing the speedy forward. Also keep a keen eye out for Phil Kessel who has scored billions of goals in the last month.