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Czech Republic v. Sweden GameDay Thread: No Sobotka, But Berglund And Steen Represent Blues

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Vladimir Sobotka is missing the Olympics, but two Blues are in action this afternoon.

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First the Czech Republic didn't select Roman Polak. Next, Vladimir Sobotka gets hurt. They just haven't done that good of a job with getting Blues on their team and staying put, which makes Blues' fans rooting decision today super simple.

St. Louis' leading scorer Alexander Steen and leading "large body who occasionally remembers he's big" Patrik Berglund will be taking to the ice this afternoon against a Czech team that isn't starting Ondrej Pavelec. Or putting him on the bench. Pavelec is a healthy scratch, which might make things difficult for Sweden.

Just kidding. They've decided to start KHL goalie Jakub Kovar. Sweden'll be fine. Henrik Lundqvist will be starting in goal, and just look at their roster:

  • Alexander Edler
  • Alexander Steen
  • Carl Hagelin
  • Daniel Alfredsson
  • Daniel Sedin
  • Erik Karlsson
  • Gabriel Landeskog
  • Gustav Nyquist
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Henrik Tallinder
  • Henrik Zetterberg
  • Jakob Silfverberg
  • Jhonas Enroth
  • Jimmie Ericsson
  • Johnny Oduya
  • Jonas Gustavsson
  • Jonathan Ericsson
  • Loui Eriksson
  • Marcus Johansson
  • Marcus Krüger
  • Nicklas Bäckström
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson
  • Niklas Kronwall
  • Oliver Ekman Larsson
  • Patrik Berglund

Um, yeah. I can sense Sweden being in a medal round game, how about you guys?

Today's game is on USA, and Latvia v. Switzerland is over on NBCSN if you want to flip back and forth.