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Hollywood Couturier 01-24-2014 11:00 AM

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (CONTAINS SPOILERS)
 
Figured we could give it it's own thread. Roster discussion, medal predictions, and other things like that while we wait for the games.

Broadcast Schedule:

The full preliminary round:

DateGame Time (ET) Live TVScore
Wed, Feb. 12 Czech Republic vs. Sweden 12 p.m. USA4-2
Wed, Feb. 12 Latvia vs. Switzerland 12 p.m. MSNBC1-0
Thu, Feb. 13 Finland vs. Austria 3 a.m. NBCSN8-4
Thu, Feb. 13 Russia vs. Slovenia 7:30 a.m. MSNBC5-2
Thu, Feb. 13 Slovakia vs. United States 7:30 a.m. NBCSN7-1
Thu, Feb. 13 Canada vs. Norway 12 p.m. USA3-1
Fri, Feb. 14 Czech Republic vs. Latvia 3 a.m. MSNBC4-2
Fri, Feb. 14 Sweden vs. Switzerland 7:30 a.m. NBCSN1-0
Fri, Feb. 14 Canada vs. Austria 12 p.m. USA 
Fri, Feb. 14 Norway vs. Finland 12 p.m. MSNBC 
Sat, Feb. 15 Slovakia vs. Slovenia 3 a.m. MSNBC 
Sat, Feb. 15 United States vs. Russia 7:30 a.m. NBCSN 
Sat, Feb. 15 Switzerland vs. Czech Rep 12 p.m. NBCSN 
Sat, Feb. 15 Sweden vs. Latvia 12 p.m. USA 
Sun, Feb. 16 Austria vs. Norway 3 a.m. USA 
Sun, Feb. 16 Russia vs. Slovakia 7:30 a.m. USA 
Sun, Feb. 16 Slovenia vs. United States 7:30 a.m. NBCSN 
Sun, Feb. 16 Finland vs. Canada 12 p.m. USA 

Playoff round:

The top four overall teams earn a bye to the quarterfinal round. The 5th seed will take on the 12 seed in the qualification round; the 6th seed will take on the 11th seed, 7th vs. 10th, 8th vs. 9th.

Date Qualification Round Time (ET) Live TV
Tue, Feb. 18 Game No. 1 3 a.m. NBCSN
Tue, Feb. 18 Game No. 2 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Tue, Feb. 18 Game No. 3 12 p.m. NBCSN
Tue, Feb. 18 Game No. 4 12 p.m. MSNBC

The four winning teams advance to the quarterfinal round. The lowest-remaining seed will face the No. 1 overall seed, the second-lowest vs. the No. 2 seed, etc. Teams eliminated in the qualification round are assigned a final seeding, Nos. 9-12, based on their preliminary round seeding.

Date Quarterfinal Round Time (ET) Live TV
Wed, Feb. 19 Game No. 1 3 a.m. NBCSN
Wed, Feb. 19 Game No. 2 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
Wed, Feb. 19 Game No. 3 12 p.m. USA
Wed, Feb. 19 Game No. 4 12 p.m. MSNBC

Four winners advance. The highest-remaining seed takes on the lowest-remaining, second-highest vs. third-highest. Teams eliminated in the quarterfinal round are assigned a final seeding, Nos. 5-8, based on their preliminary round seeding.

Date Semifinal Round Time (ET) Live TV
Fri, Feb. 21 Game No. 1 7 a.m. NBCSN
Fri, Feb. 21 Game No. 2 12 p.m. NBCSN

The losing teams from the semifinal round will battle in the bronze-medal game. The losing team will be assigned the No. 4 final seed. The two winners battle in the gold-medal game, with the losing team assigned the No. 2 final seed.

Date Medal Round Time (ET) Live TV
Sat, Feb 22 Bronze medal game 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sun, Feb 23 Gold medal game 7 a.m. NBC

Hiesenberg 01-24-2014 11:17 AM

I get all high and mighty about the medal count. I'm weird.

Like during the summer Olympics, I get pissed that China goes nuts with golds in things like trampoline. lol

USA usually does well in every Oly, but Canada shines in the winter.

flyersguy33* 01-24-2014 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hiesenberg (Post 78656043)
I get all high and mighty about the medal count. I'm weird.

Like during the summer Olympics, I get pissed that China goes nuts with golds in things like trampoline. lol

USA usually does well in every Oly, but Canada shines in the winter.

What's more important to you? overall medal count or golds?

JDinkalage Morgoone 01-24-2014 02:03 PM

I'm just hoping that there isn't some sort of crazy terrorist ****. It's not sounding all that safe.

sobrien 01-24-2014 05:36 PM

Not sure if this was geared more towards overall or hockey.


For hockey, I think Sweden wins gold. They're so stacked and balanced it's insane. I've got Russia taking the Silver and USA/Canada duke it out for Bronze. Leaning USA because of Quick/Miller. I think Finland is going to struggle mightily; older squad, no Pitkanen, no Rinne (though goaltending is their obvious strength still) and maybe no Koivu... I also look forward to "scouting" if you will ...AKA finding the next unheard of to make noise in the olympics on an unknown squad to get signed to an NHL deal. Zuccarello was really the best case last olympics.

As for the rest of the Olys: Disappointed Lindsey Vonn got hurt again. Hope I catch the Jamaican Bobsled team (yes they made it), and I'll pretty much watch any event but hockey and Jamaican bobsled are the only two I'll go out of my way for and plan.

:handclap:

edit: I also hope it isn't marred by political **** and/or violence. This is a good opportunity for Russia to improve it's international image...though I'm sure the Russians think just fine of their image, and more power to them for that :)

FLYguy3911 01-24-2014 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sobrien (Post 78674825)
Not sure if this was geared more towards overall or hockey.


For hockey, I think Sweden wins gold. They're so stacked and balanced it's insane. I've got Russia taking the Silver and USA/Canada duke it out for Bronze. Leaning USA because of Quick/Miller. I think Finland is going to struggle mightily; older squad, no Pitkanen, no Rinne (though goaltending is their obvious strength still) and maybe no Koivu... I also look forward to "scouting" if you will ...AKA finding the next unheard of to make noise in the olympics on an unknown squad to get signed to an NHL deal. Zuccarello was really the best case last olympics.

As for the rest of the Olys: Disappointed Lindsey Vonn got hurt again. Hope I catch the Jamaican Bobsled team (yes they made it), and I'll pretty much watch any event but hockey and Jamaican bobsled are the only two I'll go out of my way for and plan.

:handclap:

edit: I also hope it isn't marred by political **** and/or violence. This is a good opportunity for Russia to improve it's international image...though I'm sure the Russians think just fine of their image, and more power to them for that :)

Finland always surprises. '98 they surprised and won Bronze when they had mostly Euro league players on the roster. '06 they made it to the gold medal game with Nitty after the top 3 goalies got hurt. They played incredible that tournament. 2010 they won Bronze on NA ice. They never have the big names, but they are hard working, two-way players, who play within an incredible system.

Even the Jr. team this year. A nation with not much depth to begin with, loses two of their best prospects in years to the NHL and go on to win a Gold medal. The Finns always play their best with their backs against the wall.

I love the Winter Olympics. Ten times better than the Summer games.

sobrien 01-24-2014 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by FLYguy3911 (Post 78675993)
Finland always surprises. '98 they surprised and won Bronze when they had mostly Euro league players on the roster. '06 they made it to the gold medal game with Nitty after the top 3 goalies got hurt. They played incredible that tournament. 2010 they won Bronze on NA ice. They never have the big names, but they are hard working, two-way players, who play within an incredible system.

Even the Jr. team this year. A nation with not much depth to begin with, loses two of their best prospects in years to the NHL and go on to win a Gold medal. The Finns always play their best with their backs against the wall.

I love the Winter Olympics. Ten times better than the Summer games.

I agree! I shouldn't discount them. Guys (likely) in their last Olympics like Timonen, Selanne, Vaananen, and Salo may play above themselves and get that team in the hunt. And that ice size is a huge wildcard, but potentially a huge detriment to those older, slower guys. I can't even imagine Kimmo out there :help:

Sniped 01-24-2014 06:25 PM

USA, USA, USA. There's my input.

BillDineen 01-25-2014 12:46 AM

Go Canada Go!

I even have to cheer for Crosby and Kunitz now I guess, which is painful.

BackWithaVengeance 01-25-2014 01:35 AM

I wait eagerly to watch Team Russia in front of the home crowd.

With the star power up front I expect them to dominate in their group but wouldn't be surprised if they exit early in the eliminations when the game tightens up and some of them can't handle their frustation level.

Hollywood Couturier 01-27-2014 12:14 PM

Gold - Sweden
Silver - Canada
Bronze - USA/Russia

As it was mentioned above it is interesting what is going to happen during these olympics regarding politics and potential for terrorist activities. Also interesting that Dustin Brown and Ryan Suter, among others have asked their family members to not attend because of their safety.

Embiid 01-27-2014 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDinklage Morgoone (Post 78665213)
I'm just hoping that there isn't some sort of crazy terrorist ****. It's not sounding all that safe.

Don't worry...Carter will preempt the Black Widow that is still on the loose in the Olympic Village when he tries to grope her and discovers her "vest"....:sarcasm:

But seriously....hopefully nothing bad happens.

I do look forward to following what hopefully is a competitive team USA...want to see some good hockey since the Flyers have been looking like dog doo..

Hiesenberg 01-27-2014 12:23 PM

Russians usually fall apart on defense. Varmalov or Bobrovsky will have to stand on their head for them to make it deep.

The first two Russian lines are ridiculous, but the 3rd & 4th are questionable.

Hollywood Couturier 01-27-2014 12:48 PM

Added in the broadcast schedule in the OP. Vancouver's Olympics were much more conducive to watching these games.

flyershockey 01-27-2014 12:53 PM

Looks like my DVR will be busy.

DrinkFightFlyers 01-27-2014 12:54 PM

Are there going to be live streams of these games? I'm going to be pissed if the Americans go deep and I can't watch the elimination games.

Hollywood Couturier 01-27-2014 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyershockey (Post 78848669)
Looks like my DVR will be busy.

I was thinking the same thing but I would have zero percent change of staying in the dark through a work day about what happens with my internet habits. It's going to be tough.

flyershockey 01-27-2014 12:55 PM

Looks like most of them will be covered by some form of NBC.

flyershockey 01-27-2014 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Couturier (Post 78848789)
I was thinking the same thing but I would have zero percent change of staying in the dark through a work day about what happens with my internet habits. It's going to be tough.

Yeah, I'll probably hear the results, watch two minutes of the games later, and lose interest quickly lol. The weekend games won't be too bad though. I could dig waking up at around 9 a.m. and catching up to a game that started at 7:30 a.m.

Hollywood Couturier 01-27-2014 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrinkFightFlyers (Post 78848733)
Are there going to be live streams of these games? I'm going to be pissed if the Americans go deep and I can't watch the elimination games.

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyershockey (Post 78848827)
Looks like most of them will be covered by some form of NBC.

They're all NBC channels and IIRC they are pretty good with streaming Olympic events.

flyershockey 01-27-2014 01:00 PM

What is the USA channel? Not sure if I've ever heard of that.

Hollywood Couturier 01-27-2014 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyershockey (Post 78849021)
What is the USA channel? Not sure if I've ever heard of that.

It has shows like Blue Collar, Burn Notice, and Suits. Think it's in the 40's on standard cable around Philly.

flyershockey 01-27-2014 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Couturier (Post 78849221)
It has shows like Blue Collar, Burn Notice, and Suits. Think it's in the 40's on standard cable around Philly.

Oh yeah, I'm dumb. For some reason, I kept thinking it was like another news channel or something (MSNBC, CNBC, etc.). Btw, poor Slovenia. Their goal differential could be -30 by the end of this thing.

JDinkalage Morgoone 01-27-2014 01:12 PM

Latvia is gonna make some noise this year.

Hiesenberg 01-27-2014 01:24 PM

9 hour delay from Sochi to Eastern Time. So basically any normal time I want to watch the Olympics, nothing will be happening.


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