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Olympic Hockey Day 6 Preview and Open Thread: All Killer, No Filler

After Latvia shocked the world last night by killing off seven of eight Russian power plays, the Olympic tournament continues on with three games, the last of which is by far the most interesting.

3dflags-cze1-2_medium3dflags-rus1-2_mediumGroup B Game 6: Russia (1-0-1-0) vs. Czech Republic (2-0-0-0) - 3 PM - NBC: Broken and beaten from their respective games against Latvia, it will be interesting to see how many players disintegrate upon contact during this one.  The Russians have a lot more to prove, but both are playing for the first round bye, which is totally up for grabs here.  And in something no one expected, the Russians still could theoretically leave this tournament with their only win being over Latvia.

3dflags-usa1-2_medium3dflags-can1-2_mediumGroup A Game 6: Canada (1-1-0-0) vs. United States(2-0-0-0) - 7:30 PM - MSNBC:  The Canadian struggles with Switzerland look even worse in light of how close Switzerland came to losing to Norway.  The US hasn't really been tested yet, which shouldn't necessarily matter much.  Miller has looked better than Brodeur in this tournament, but the Canadian depth is obscene.  This one could get ugly if the US doesn't show up on offense.

Group C Game 6: Sweden (2-0-0-0) vs. Germany (2-0-0-0) - 11:55 PM - CNBC: Off his two-goal outburst vs. Germany, it's likely that Kimmo Timonen will score five or so against his country's arch rivals, the Swedes.  Great goaltending and goal scorers on both sides should make this one epic.  I'll take Finland to win it, since they're my pick to win this whole thing (assuming they can avoid Latvia in the knockout stages).

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