EDIT: Sorry about the late publication. This is why I shouldn't write things at 1AM. I forget what day it is.
Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen had promising starts to the Olympics Wednesday - especially Berglund, who apparently remembered he's a big guy who can crash the crease. Maybe he just needs some international ice to get going? Is it a momentum thing?
Switzerland dueled Latvia in the first game of the tournament Wednesday, winning with a last second goal despite peppering Latvian goaltender Edgars Masalskis with 39 shots on net. Predators prospect imon Moser scored with 7.9 seconds left to keep the game from going into overtime. The Swiss boast NHLers Damian Brunner, Nino Niederreiter, Roman Josi, Mark Streit, and Yannick Weber - but their goaltending is where having NHLers will be most helpful. Jonas Hiller is their starter and Reto Berra is backing him up. Berra, you might remember, was a Blues prospect before he was part of the deal that brought Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis.
Speaking of Bouwmeester, he and defensive partner Alex Pietrangelo will be dealing with Austria, who will surely want to redeem themselves after blowing a game to Finland, 8-4. You know that some implosion went down when Michael Grabner scores a hat trick and his team still loses. Grabner and Thomas Vanek (along with Flyers prospect Michael Raffl) are Austria's most notable players'.
Canada's most notable players include folks such as everyone on their team. They still were challenged by Norway yesterday thanks to a slow start that Pierre McGuire attributed to "nerves" about a hundred times, despite the fact that no one on that squad should be nervous at all.
The puck drops for Bergie and Steen at 6:30, and for JBo and Petro at 11:00.