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Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Finland, U.S. battle for bronze

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. U.S., 10 a.m. ET.

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

1) Win face-offs, win the game. In each of the six non-qualification medal round games, the team that has won the battle in the face-off circle has won the game.

2) U.S. looks to make a little history. It's been a long time since the U.S. has won back-to-back medals in Olympic competition. After taking silver in 2010, if the American men take bronze today, they'll bring home two consecutive medals for the first time since 1956-1960.

3) Finns dominate bronze. Since the NHL began sending its players to the Olympics in 1998, Finland has won a silver and two bronze. A win today and they'll have medaled in every Olympics except 2002. No other country has four medals.

4) Can U.S. re-start their offense? After being shut out by Canada, the tournament's highest-scoring team needs to find some goals again if their to leave Sochi with a medal. Finland, whose 19 goals are second behind the U.S., also play a defensive system that drove teams nuts. How does he U.S. get past that?

5) Teemu's bike is selling. According to Finnish reporter Matias Strozyk, Selanne's bike, the one players have used to get around the athlete's village, is currently over $1,300 USD. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the building of a children's hospital in Helsinki.

Bold prediction: Finland surprises the U.S. to grab another hockey bronze 2-1 in overtime.

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