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Olympic Hockey TV Schedule: New York Islanders in Sochi

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"The accomodations? Let's just say Dougie's guest house was a little nicer."
"The accomodations? Let's just say Dougie's guest house was a little nicer."
Christian Petersen

With Lubomir Visnovsky officially withheld (or self-withholding? or just mutual?) from the Olympics and Kyle Okposo deemed unfit for big ice, the New York Islanders players in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics are John Tavares for Canada and Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek for Austria.


Below are the pertinent games, times and North American broadcasts for Austria, Canada and the U.S.A.'s opening round pool play. As you'll notice, if you want to follow Austria from North America, you'll need to get creative with your sleep.

Before we get to the schedule, a few rules to help understand what you're following:

  • There are 12 teams divided into three groups, and the top four teams after opening round play get byes to the semifinals (so, three group winners and one second-place team).
  • The remaining eight teams face off in single games (5th vs. 12th, 6th vs. 11th, etc.) to determine who advances to the quarterfinals against the four teams who received byes.
  • All games are worth three points -- gee, how logical -- so a regulation win is three points, an OT/SO win is two points, and an OT/SO loss is one point.

Austria

Thursday, Feb. 13, vs. Finland

Grabner and Vanek open on the second day of play.

TV: NBCSN, SNET, 3 a.m. EST

Friday, Feb. 14, vs. Canada

Yes, the Austrians Canadians meet in the second of back-to-back games.

TV: USA, CBC, 12 p.m. noon EST

Sunday, Feb. 16, vs. Norway

If Austria hasn't stolen points in either of their first two games, they'll surely need to win this to avoid a deadly second-round matchup.

TV: USA, TSN2, 3 a.m. EST

Canada

Thursday, Feb. 13, vs. Norway

Tavares and the loaded Canadians get a relatively easy start to the tournament.

TV: USA, CBC, 12 p.m. noon EST

Friday, Feb. 14, vs. Austria

Let the intra-Islanders civil war commence.

TV: USA, CBC, 12 p.m. noon EST

Sunday, Feb. 16, vs. Finland

Canada and Finland close out opening round play in a game that will most likely determine which one gets a bye to the quarterfinals.

TV: USA, CBC, 12 p.m. noon EST

USA

No, the Isles have no U.S. Olympians, but since this is a U.S.-based site with a healthy chunk of U.S. readers, here's their schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 13, vs. Slovakia

No Okposo, no Lubo. But the U.S. best not slip up, because...

TV: NBCSN, TSN, 7:30 a.m. EST

Saturday, Feb. 15, vs. Russia

...their second meeting is against the hosts. Should be epic, even without references to 1980.

TV: NBCSN, CBC, 7:30 a.m. EST

Sunday, Feb. 16, vs. Slovenia

The Americans' "easiest" game comes in their final contest, and they'll likely need a full win to secure a bye to the quarterfinals or, worse, avoid a tough second-round match.

TV: NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. EST

Source: NHL

In the meantime? Oh, I don't know. Ice dancing sucks, but downhill skiing at 70 mph is pretty freaking awesome (and makes snowboarding look really, really slow).

We will have threads for various games -- and if you're trying to DVR things for later, we can't guarantee you won't see spoilers here. An Olympics this many time zones away from NHL headquarters means watch and read at your own risk.