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WATCH LIVE: U.S. men’s hockey team enters showdown against Russia

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The U.S. men’s hockey team is beyond the point of needing a “Miracle” to beat Russia, but that doesn’t mean that the host country doesn’t present a huge challenge on Saturday. The live stream of the big game kicks off at 7:30 a.m. ET.

United States vs. Russia: 7:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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As the link above states, the two teams bring in interesting advantages and weaknesses; the U.S. is deeper in terms of NHL players while Russia boasts bigger stars in the high-end.

There shouldn’t be a lack of offensive talent on the ice for either side, though, really. Zach Parise, Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane power the U.S. attack while Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk should present daunting challenges.

U.S. defenseman Ryan Suter and goalie Jonathan Quick will face a serious challenge while Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod in Russia’s net.

This doesn’t rank as a must-win game, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks significance (or star power).

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