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Here’s your Olympic hockey viewing schedule


The first set of Olympic games in the men’s hockey tournament are set to begin in less than two hours. If you want to know where to go watch them or are looking for a quick and easy guide on when teams are playing and what channels they’ll be on, then here it is. (Check your local listings here.)

Keep in mind that until we reach the Qualification playoffs, the twelve competing nations will be divided into three round robin groups. Group A contains Russia, Slovakia, the United States, and Slovenia; Group B has Norway, Austria, Finland, and Canada; Group C consists of Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia, and the Czech Republic.

(NOTE: All games are streamed online. Click a link below. Replays are available via the same url.)

Feb. 12 – Czech Republic vs. Sweden (USA, noon ET)
Latvia vs. Switzerland (MSNBC, noon ET)

Feb. 13 – Finland vs. Austria (NBCSN, 3:00 a.m. ET)
Russia vs. Slovenia (MSNBC, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Slovakia vs. United States (NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Canada vs. Norway (USA, noon ET)

Feb. 14 – Czech Republic vs. Latvia (MSNBC, 3:00 a.m. ET)
Sweden vs. Switzerland (NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Canada vs. Austria (USA, noon ET)
Norway vs. Finland (MSNBC, noon ET)

Feb. 15 – Slovakia vs. Slovenia (NBCSN, 3:00 a.m. ET)
United States vs. Russia (NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic (NBCSN, noon ET)
Sweden vs. Latvia (USA, noon ET)

Feb. 16 – Austria vs. Norway (USA, 3:00 a.m. ET)
Russia vs. Slovakia (USA, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Slovenia vs. United States (NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Finland vs. Canada (USA, noon ET)

Feb. 18 – Qualification game 1 (TBD, 3:00 a.m. ET)
– Qualification game 2 (TBD, 7:30 a.m. ET)
– Qualification game 3 (TBD, noon ET)
– Qualification game 4 (TBD, noon ET)

Feb. 19 – Quarterfinals game 1 (TBD, 3:00 a.m. ET)
– Quarterfinals game 2 (TBD, 7:30 a.m. ET)
– Quarterfinals game 3 (TBD, noon ET)
– Quarterfinals game 4 (TBD, noon ET)

Feb. 21 – Semifinals game 1 (TBD, 7:00 a.m. ET)
– Semifinals game 2 (TBD, noon ET)

Feb. 22 – Bronze medal game (TBD, 10:00 a.m. ET)

Feb. 23 – Gold medal game – (TBD, 7:00 a.m. ET)


Here are all 12 Olympic hockey rosters for Sochi

Royal pain: Kings’ Greene to have shoulder surgery, out indefinitely

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The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.

Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.

With Greene out of the lineup, the Kings have primarily gone with a six-man defensive unit of Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain and Brayden McNabb. Derek Forbort and Jeff Schultz have also been in the mix, but sparingly.

If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).

Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight

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The Vancouver Canucks got banged up last night in Anaheim. As a result, it looks like they’ll have an interesting lineup tonight in Los Angeles.

Coach Willie Desjardins confirmed this morning that wingers Chris Higgins and Jake Virtanen were hurt and wouldn’t dress against the Kings.

In game-day line rushes, AHL callup Andrey Pedan, a defenseman, was skating on the wing with Jared McCann and Radim Vrbata.

But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.

But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.

Confused? It’s OK. So is everyone.

As an aside, the Canucks not only got banged up last night, they also got pushed around and embarrassed in a 4-0 loss to the Ducks.

On that note, here’s what Pedan did to Jarred Tinordi in a Utica-Hamilton game last season:

Francis, Kurri, McKenzie named to Hockey Hall of Fame committee

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The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee added some big names on Tuesday — most notably, a pair of Hockey Hall of Famers.

Ron Francis (inducted in 2007) and Jarri Kurri (2001) have been appointed to the committee, the Hall announced. Longtime hockey scribe and hockey insider Bob McKenzie was also named; together, he and Francis and Kurri will replace an outgoing trio of Lanny McDonald, Mike Emrick and Peter Stastny.

Francis currently serves as the GM in Carolina while Kurri holds the same title with Jokerit of the KHL.

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McDonald resigned his spot on the committee to become chairman, while the terms of Stastny and Emrick expired.

The Hall also announced Eric Duhatschek, Michael Farber and Bill Torrey were reappointed to the selection committee for a further three-year term.

The next big meeting for the new members of the selection committee comes in late June, when everyone gathers to consider candidates for the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame.

The announcement for new inductees will be made on June 27. As we’ve written about in the past, the list of first-time eligible entrants isn’t exactly overwhelming, so this could be the year some “passed over” candidates get in.

Among those in that category? Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick, to name a few.

Related: Poll: Who should be in the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame?

Suter admits to ‘saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said’

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For the Minnesota Wild, today was a day for damage control.

Try to act surprised, OK?

“We’re obviously on the same page,” defenseman Ryan Suter told the Star Tribune. “It’s a story that shouldn’t even be a story. I think the heat of the practice yesterday, I was just saying stuff I probably shouldn’t have said.”

In case you missed it, what Suter said was that he shouldn’t be playing with a left-shot defenseman like Jonas Brodin.

“I don’t know what [the coaches are] thinking,” said Suter.

But in addition to that — and this was the really eye-opening stuff — Suter effectively questioned how head head coach Mike Yeo was reacting…

…to the latest bit of adversity the Wild were facing.

“Now’s when you need leadership more than ever,” said Suter. “It’s easy to be a coach and a leader when things are going good.”

The Star Tribune has more on what everyone was saying today, so be sure to click on the story.

Yeo, predictably, downplayed Suter’s remarks, chalking them up to a “guy that when you ask him to do something, he might tell you his opinions, but nobody will go out there and do it better than him.”

The Wild take on the Blackhawks tonight at United Center (on NBCSN).

Oh, and Suter will, indeed, skate with Brodin against the defending champs. Those two have only been together a bit this season, but they were a frequent pairing last season.

Expected pairings (shoots)
Ryan Suter (L) – Jonas Brodin (L)
Marco Scandella (L) – Jared Spurgeon (R)
Nate Prosser (R) – Matt Dumba (R)

P.S. — This is why the Wild were hoping for better things from young Dumba.