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Puck Daddy Olympic Viewing Guide: Canada, U.S. get under way

Sean Leahy
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Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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Finland vs. Austria, 3 a.m. EST

Russia vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. EST

Slovakia vs. U.S.A., 7:30 a.m. EST

Canada vs. Norway, 12 p.m. EST

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Five things to know about today's Olympic games ...

1. Jonathan Quick, Carey Price start for U.S., Canada. Dan Bylsma has only revealed his starting goaltender for Team USA's first game, while Mike Babcock laid out his plans for Canada's opening two games with Price in net today versus Norway and Roberto Luongo getting the nod Friday against Austria.

2. Russia's top power play unit: oh my. Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Radulov, Alex Semin, Evgeni Malkin, Andrei Markov. Have fun with that, Slovenia.

3. Kopitars rule Slovenia. Anze, the only Slovenian in the NHL, will anchor their top line. Matjaz, his father, will lead the team from behind the bench. The other Kopitar, Gasper, Anze's younger brother, did not make the final roster.

4. #PicsWithZdeno. The Twitter hashtag features the Slovak defenseman with various Olympians of all sizes.

5. Tore Vikingstad is retired. We'll just have to marvel at the wonders of "The Hobbit," Mats Zuccarello then.

Bold prediction: Jonathan Quick posts a shutout, giving Dan Bylsma something to think about heading into Game 2 on whether or not to go to Ryan Miller.

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