Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Quarterfinals begin; Finns, Russians do battle

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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.

Create-a-Caption: "A Finland fan cheers during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game between Finland and Canada."



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

1. Canada, Latvia meet at Olympics for first time in a long time. It's been 78 years since the two sides have met at the Olympics. In 1936, the Canadians were victorious by an 11-0 margin. We imagine today's game will be a bit closer.

2. Can Latvia stop Canada's big line? Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Jamie Benn, 643 lbs. of man were put together at practice on Tuesday. The trio have prior experience together at the World Championships. How will Latvia handle them, among the rest of the stars on Canada's roster?

3. Dan Bylsma used to run around NHL locker rooms naked. And more great stuff from this fantastic profile of the U.S. coach by Michael Farber.

4. Buy Teemu Selanne's bike. The hockey teams have been given bikes to use to get around the athletes' village in Sochi. The Finns will be donating theirs after the Games are over and auctioning them off with proceeds benefiting the building of a children's hospital in Helsinki.

5. David Krejci glad it's one-and-done. Krejci wouldn't take the Czechs in a best-of-seven format against the U.S., but one game could go in any direction. "We're going to try to score the first goal and leave everything out there because we don't have to save ourselves for anything."

Bold prediction: Slovenia and Latvia force overtime, but eventually fall to Sweden and Canada, respectively. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Russia earn comfortable wins.

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