Good morning. The games must go on, and Friday morning, wee hour and mid-day (for East Coast Bias folk) are filled with them. Today's schedule via NHL.com:
|Fri Feb 14, 2014||Czechia||Latvia||3:00 AM ET||TSN,MSNBC||PREVIEW›|
|Fri Feb 14, 2014||Sweden||Swiss||7:30 AM ET||TSN,NBCSN||PREVIEW›|
|Fri Feb 14, 2014||Canada||Austria||12:00 PM ET||CBC,USA||PREVIEW›|
|Fri Feb 14, 2014||Norway||Finland||12:00 PM ET||MSNBC,SNET|
Watching 'em? Chat them up here -- and spoiler warning to those who might be watching on DVR.
Lineup changes for Canada:
Lineup changes for CAN-AUT. Luongo starts. Smith to back him up. Duchene and Subban in for Sharp and Hamhuis.— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) February 14, 2014
Other reads to get you through
Hallmark Valentine's Day:
- Let's talk about Frans Nielsen's hand injury, including my personal fear: Will it affect the DBOJ? [Undisclosed Injury]
- If you didn't read it yesterday, Michael Grabner on his hat trick and the Austrians' loss to Finland, with this painfully familiar observation: "We gave them too many chances and they capitalized on most of them."
- NYIslesblog talks to Matt Saidman, who covers and tweets about the Isles for LIB Magazine.
- More on the AHL All-Star game, which the All-Stars won and in which Ryan Strome scored like an all-star. [AHL]
- Updates on Bridgeport, who are supposed to return to practice today, god willing and the snow don't rise. [Soundin' Off]
- More on Finland's doubling of Austria, even without Teemu Selanne [ESPN]
- Crazy stuff here: Secret codes, special phones help NHL’s doctors fight espionage in Russia | Puck Daddy
- Grantland's list of the worst current NHL contracts has the nerve to question the Minnesota Wild and Jonathan Quick. The nerve! [Grantland]
- Evidently Linus Omark hasn't reported to Buffalo's AHL team. [PHT]
- Always the long road for Martin St. Louis. [TBO]
- Not hockey, but: This is two Russian guys climbing one of the tallest buildings in the world. For the love of Bossy...
- Islanders at the Olympics: Grabner hat trick, Tavares...PP specialist
- [Bits + Olympic Thread] Austria, U.S., Canada open play today
- Billy Smith vs. Twitter: What hockey social media would look like if Billy was still battlin'
- Islanders News: Nielsen injury; last of the Coliseums; Jesse Graham save
- [Updated] Erik Johnson Suspended 2 Games for Breaking Frans Nielsen's Hand