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 fan of team Canada holds up a Valentines Day sign for Canada forward Sidney Crosby after a men's ice hockey game against Austria at the 2014 Winter Olympics."
Slovakia vs. Slovenia, 3:00 a.m. EST
USA vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. EST
Switzerland vs Czech Republic, 12:00 p.m. EST
Sweden vs Latvia, 12:00 p.m. EST
Five things to know about today's Olympic games ...
1. This is a cold war. You'd better know what you're fighting for. Relations are once again tense between USA and Russia, as the two nations go up against one another for control of Group A. Barring a major upset in each country's third game, this one should decide who gets a bye to the next round.
2. This game couldn't mean more to Russia. It's not for the gold, of course, but it puts them in a much better position to win it, and that's what these games are about. Seriously, it's just this. Asked what gold would mean, Putin told the Guardian, "It means gold costs only $50 billion."
3. Group C's about to get Sweded. The Swedes made quick work of the Czech Republic, and then they held off the surprising Swiss, thanks to Henrik Lundqvist. Now all they have to do to go undefeated in the group stage is beat up on the hapless Latvians.
4. Swiss vs. Czech Republic. Outside of USA vs. Russia, the match to keep a close eye on will be this one. The winner sees the next round. The loser goes home. The Swiss aren't scoring much, but they're tough to score on, and a strong performance from Jonas Hiller could propel them out of Group C. But to do it, they have to outlast Jaromir Jagr and the Czechs, who are, according to Jagr, very loose. Jagr: "I don't get old, man. I am alive. God help me. We always feel good. We are from the Czech Republic. We are always loose, man. We've got always fun. No pressure. We have to probably win at least four games. No big deal."
5) Marcinko out for Slovakia. The Slovaks are already playing shorthanded, down one Mario Gaborik and one Lubomir Visnovsky, so any additional injuries are going to hurt. Versus the United States, they lost Tomas Marcinko, who made be done for the year. So are the Slovaks if they can't get past Slovenia.
Bold prediction: You can't stop Jagr. Czech victory, two goals for the loosest man in hockey.