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Olympic Hockey Preview and LIVE Thread Feb. 13: USA! USA! USA!

Yesterday's recap: Canada win the 1st seed and some #swagging rights 3-2 over the USA in women's prelims, Gabe Landeskog gets an assist as Sweden tops the Czech Republic 4-2, Edgars Masalskis makes 38 saves in 59:52 but the 39th shot goes in for Switzerland with :08 remaining in regulation to defeat Latvia 1-0.

Bruce Bennett

WARNING: This is the LIVE thread for today's games. If you're looking for tape-delay TV listings, you will find them here, however reading the comments is strongly discouraged because spoilers.

There's still some women's prelims if you really really care about the Bads deciding who's worse, but the men are in full swing today as preliminary action kicks off in both Groups A and B.

All times are listed in US Eastern.

Finland v. Austria, men's prelims - Group B

LIVE: 3:00 am, Sportsnet

In the States you're going to have to stream this one I think, so good luck. Austria are Bads but maybe Thomas Vanek, former Monster Thomas Pock, and a bunch of guys with awesome names like Luca Cunti can put it to a very-injured Finnish squad who are rocking Aleksander Barkov, the #1 center.

Game of the Day: USA v. Slovakia, men's prelims - Group A

LIVE: 7:30am, NBC-Sports, TSN
TAPE DELAY: 5:00pm, NBC-Sports

Congratulations Phil Kessel! You get to play on a team that isn't Toronto against a team that isn't Boston to get things going so don't worry about having to match up with oh god is that fucking Zdeno Chara it is isn't it. The Americans want a Quick start to their Sochi competition (lolpun), as Jonathan Quick gets to test his mettle (lolpun2) today. Here's hoping his performance isn't too quick (lololololo). Paul Stastny has been practicing on a "fourth line" between Ryan Callahan and Max Pacioretty.

Oh and hey everyone this is important we all love Joe Pavelski a lot. He's a total clutch badass and we can wait to hate him for being an Avs killer til after this tournament is over. He could score in buckets between James van Riemsdyk and Kessel.

Slovakia are always a tougher team to beat than expected. They are not to be taken lightly.

Russia v. Slovenia, men's prelims - Group A

LIVE: 7:30am, MSNBC, CBC
TAPE DELAY: 3:00pm, NBC Sports

Really Canada? Gold medal contender vs. Anze and the Pips gets CBC billing over US-Slovakia?

The Russians are as tight-lipped as the KGB (too soon?) about who they're starting in goal. Maybe it's Semyon Varlamov. Maybe it's the Bob Cop Sergei Bobrovsky. Anyway this should be a nothing game for the Russians so let's see if they're all hung over enough to blow it.

Canada v. Norway, men's prelims - Group B

LIVE: 12:00 noon, USA Network, CBC

Norway do have an incredibly high quotient of Imaginary Awesomeness, but come on Canada, if you don't win this one by a touchdown what are we all doing here, really?

Matt Duchene has been an extra forward in Canadian practices between Martin St. Louis and Martin St. Louis's thighs. Not sure if he gets in for this one or not.