Monday, February 17, 2014

Wild Olympic Update: Scoreless in Sochi

Photo: Bruce Bennett/AFP
Yesterday marked the conclusion of the preliminary round for the Men's tournament. Lets see what the Wild have been up to in Sochi.

  • After scoring two goals and one assist in the first game for Finland, Mikael Granlund has been kept off the scoresheet while getting 17:50 and 19:32 TOI in the two games. Finland defeated Norway 6-1 and lost to Canada 2-1 (OT) in the two games, and will get a first round bye in the medal round. The Fins will draw the winner of Russia/Norway on Wednesday at 6:30 AM (Minnesota time) in the quarterfinals.
  • In three games, Switzerland has outscored their opponents by a 2-1 margin. Yes, you read that right, 2-1. The Swiss won two out of three games in the preliminary round behind outstanding goaltending from Jonas Hiller. Nino Niederreiter has not registered a point in the Olympics thus far, but like Granlund, has been seeing top minutes for his team (Nino played 18:33 in the 1-0 loss to Sweden, then played 16:29 in the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic). The Swiss have a qualification round matchup with Latvia at 11:00 AM tomorrow, with the winner advancing on to play Canada.
  • The entire Olympic world was abuzz on Saturday following the USA-Russia shootout spectacular. The game was heavily watched (even the President gave a shout out to the team), with the United States winning 3-2 thanks to the shootout talents of TJ Oshie. In the game against Russia, Ryan Suter played a team high 29:56 (average night). Meanwhile, Zach Parise has been held SHOTLESS in the game against Russia and in the 7-1 win over Slovenia. Not sure if Parise has gone consecutive games in a Wild sweater without a shot, and he has done that twice in Sochi. The U.S. earned a bye into the quarterfinal round and will play the winner of the Czech Republic/Slovakia at 11:00 AM on Wednesday. Its also worth noting that the U.S. could play Canada in a potential semifinal matchup.
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