Team USA's Wheeler, Oshie, Orpik and McDonagh celebrate a goal by Mcdonagh against Slovenia during the second period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Men’s Olympic hockey start times: U.S. quarterfinal set for Wednesday at noon ET


The U.S. men’s team can ready themselves for a quarterfinal game on Wednesday at noon ET:

As you can see in the Tweet above and this breakdown, they’ll face the winner of the Czech Republic – Slovakia qualification playoff game. The United States gets a healthy break between games as their most recent contest was a comfortable win against Slovenia on Sunday.

Update: Here are all the games … yes, Wednesday’s noon slate will be busy. Click any matchup to watch it live.

Tuesday (qualification playoffs)

Slovenia – Austria (3 a.m. ET)

Russia – Norway (7:30 a.m. ET)

Switzerland – Latvia (noon ET)

Czech Republic – Slovakia (noon ET)

Wednesday (quarterfinals)

Sweden – Slovenia/Austria (3 a.m. ET)

Finland – Russia/Norway (7:30 a.m. ET)

Canada – Switzerland/Latvia (noon ET)

U.S. – Czech Republic/Slovakia (noon ET)

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.