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WATCH LIVE: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia to determine U.S. men’s hockey quarterfinal opponent

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 6 - Slovakia v United States

during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Martin Rose

The Canadian and U.S. men’s hockey teams will learn of their quarterfinal opponents after two noon ET qualification playoff games:

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY – Qualification playoffs

Switzerland vs. Latvia: 12 p.m. ET – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Czech Republic vs. Slovakia: 12 p.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

The winner of Czech Republic vs. Slovakia will face the United States. Slovakia would get a chance to gain revenge after the United States opened the tournament with a 7-1 onslaught. After a rocky start, the Czech Republic looks a bit more composed, but both seem like wild card opponents.

Latvia - Switzerland seems like a more lopsided matchup on paper, as many expect the Swiss to advance and maybe even give the Canadians a tough test in the quarterfinal round. They only beat Latvia 1-0 in group play, however, so the Swiss would be foolish to be overconfident.

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