Quick Hits: Let The Games Begin

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Red Wings News

Red Wings star Datsyuk takes part in practice for Russia | TSN
I expect Datsyuk to play in the tournament, but I don't expect him to be anywhere near 100%.

Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Tatar, Jimmy Howard keep bumping into each other in Sochi | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Tatar and Howard can't get enough of each other.

Wings' leadership on display in Sochi - Detroit Red Wings - News

Two captains in the Olympics. Not bad. Not bad at all.

To Russia With Love | Grand Rapids Griffins

There are a total of 11 Griffins alumni at the Olympic games.

Olympics News

Has Dan Bylsma selected Ryan Miller as Team USA starting goalie? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I can't wait until Howard steps in and steals the show.

Michael Sam and Hockey | The Hockey Writers
It may just be me, but I feel as if the hockey community would be more accepting of a gay player than the football and basketball communities are.

Power rankings: Who'll win Olympic hockey gold | USA Today
Sweden, duh!

Yzerman rejects notion that Team Canada lacks motivation in Russia | ProHockeyTalk
While I agree that the motivation level isn't as high as the Vancouver games, for obvious reasons, to say that Canada doesn't have the motivation to win in Sochi is completely ridiculous.

Relief, then joy: What winning at Olympic hockey means to Canada - SBNation.com
Only Russia has more pressure to win gold at the Olympics.

Winter Olympics Men's Hockey: Ten players to watch in Sochi - CBSSports.com
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Oilers move forward with arena contruction starting in March | TSN
The new Oilers' arena is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

Five reasons the United States could totally medal in Sochi Olympics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I've predicted a bronze medal for the U.S. and I am sticking with that prediction.

Winter Olympics: Ondrej Pavelec will be a healthy scratch in Czech opener - SBNation.com
Pavelec will be the starter in Game 2 for the Czech Republic against Latvia.

Selanne ‘expecting some surprises’ during Olympic tournament | ProHockeyTalk
This is Selanne's 6th Olympic Games.

Team Sweden 2014 Olympic preview | Post-to-Post
Previewing the 2014 gold medal winners.

Winter Olympics Men's Hockey: Five storylines to follow - CBSSports.com
5 things to look forward to during the Olympics.

2014 Winter Olympic hockey rankings: Canada the favorite, but Sweden close - SBNation.com

Heja Sverige!

Avs’ Erik Johnson suspended 2 games for slash that broke Frans Nielsen’s hand | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
You can't do that.

PHT’s Pressing Olympic Questions: Will goaltending cost Canada? | ProHockeyTalk
If there is any concern for Team Canada heading into the tournament it is its netminding.

Winter Olympics: NHL’s 2018 participation remains in question - SBNation.com

While I understand that there are concerns, I feel that the NHL would be doing itself a huge disservice by not heading to South Korea in '18.

Five reasons Slovakia could totally medal in Sochi Olympics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
While I doubt that Slovakia will finish with a medal, it wouldn't be a complete shock to see them in the semi-finals.

Team USA should roll with Quick over Miller - Sportsnet.ca
Jimmy Howard aside, I do believe that the U.S. should start Miller, not Quick.

Let's Go Red Wings, Sweden, & USA!

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