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The U. Watch the highlight video HERE. Original story: The men's ice hockey league in the Sochi Winter Olympics begins its preliminary rounds this week. ET on Saturday, February Goalie Jonathan Quick will make his second start of the Olympics, he made 22 saves in the Americans' victory over Slovakia on Thursday, winning his Olympic debut.
After falling short of the gold in the Vancouver Olympics in and settling for the silver medal, Team USA hopes to take home the gold medal this year with their dominating offense and goalies.
On the other hand, Russia received a tough challenge from Slovenia before pulling away in the third period to a win in the Olympic opener for both sides. Team Russia has one obvious advantage over the other teams that can also be seen as an equal downfall: home field advantage.
Count on the Russian team to have the most vocal support during the preliminary rounds that may or may not play into their opponents' heads. Russian player Alexander Rovechkin and his team carry the high responsibility to win gold in their native country.
The expectation to win will no doubt add pressure as Team Russia will have to leap from their sixth place finish in Vancouver to first place in their home country.
The Canadian team is prime example of the advantage of having home field advantage, as last Winter Olympics they triumphed and won the gold medal in Vancouver in front of their native country.
Many still remember the United States hockey team upset the powerful Soviet Union en route to a gold medal in , dubbed "The Miracle on Ice".
The unlikely victory of a bunch of American college kids against the professionals of Soviet Union is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of competitive sports.
Men's playoff qualifications begin February 18 with advancing teams competing for medals. The following schedule includes the full schedule for all teams and countries: February Czech Republic vs. Latvia 3 a. PT Sweden vs. Switzerland a.
PT Norway vs. Finland 12 p. PT Canada vs. Austria 12 p.
PT February Slovakia vs. PT United States vs. Russian Federation a. Latvia 12 p. PT Switzerland vs. Czech Republic 12 p. PT February Austria vs.
Norway 3 a. PT Russian Federation vs. Slovakia a.
PT Slovenia vs. United States a.
PT Finland vs. Canada 12 p. For up-to-date results and statistics, visit the official website of the Sochi Winter Olympics.