[Bits + Olympic Thread] Austria, U.S., Canada open play today

Today's combatants are a little younger. - Jennifer Stewart

Austria opens vs. Finland at 3 a.m. EST. the U.S. meets Slovakia and Russia vs. Slovenia at 7:30 a.m., while Canada and Norway face off at noon (all times Eastern).

No more time for jet lag, the Olympic men's hockey games have begun. Wednesday's games commenced with Sweden taking down the Czech Republic 4-2, while Switzerland squeezed past Latvia 1-0 on a goal in the dying seconds.

But for Islanders fans, the good stuff begin today as Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek kick things off for the Austrians vs. Finland at 3 a.m. EST, while John Tavares and the Canadians meet Norway at noon, with a couple of other openers in between at 7:30 a.m.

So, a good morning to you. Are you ready for names? We are ready for names.

Go ahead and chat up those games here. Or take in some other reading along with your spoilers:

  • Who are the top five Islanders Olympians of all time? [Islanders]
  • Ryan Strome at the AHL All-Star Game: Enjoying the experience | Scoring two goals (bonus: PTO news)
  • If you missed Dan's take on how hockey media on Twitter would react to Billy Smith today, well, it's brilliant.
  • Notes on the Swedes win over the Czechs [CSNNE]
  • What are the non-Olympians doing? Resting and stuff. [NHL]
  • The IIHF does not permit colored or tinted visors, and other key rule differences with the NHL. [IIHF]
  • Can you, and should you pick an inconsistent goalie who is nonetheless more apt to "steal a game?" [SB Nation numbers]

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