At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Russia is the favourite to win the gold medal in men’s ice hockey. The KHL, the country’s local league, has released players for the Games, unlike the NHL, which has decided to forego the event, which would damage the US and Canada severely.
Meanwhile, in the women’s event, Team USA and Hockey Canada are set to collide again. Since women’s hockey made its Olympic debut in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, those teams have met in the championship match in four of the five tournaments.
Let’s have a look at the dates for both events. Visit the official website for a detailed listing of each game. All of the Winter Olympics matches will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live.
Group Stage: Feb. 14-Feb. 18
Quarterfinals: Feb. 21
Semifinals: Feb. 23
Bronze Medal: Feb. 24
Gold Medal: Feb. 25
Group Stage: Feb. 10-Feb. 15
Quarterfinals: Feb. 17
Semifinals: Feb. 19
Bronze Medal: Feb. 21
Gold Medal: Feb. 22
Predictions for the Gold Medal
Men: Russian Olympic Athletes
The International Olympic Committee has officially barred Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Games due to a major doping scandal. Any athletes from the nation who have been cleared to compete will do so as Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Ilya Kovalchuk, a Russian winger who spent 11 seasons in the NHL before joining SKA Saint Petersburg in 2013, seems unconcerned by the language. Even though the flag will not fly and the national anthem will not be played in South Korea, he said they will continue to represent the country.
Everyone knows who we are and where we came from. “It doesn’t matter,” he told the Associated Press’ James Ellingworth in December. “We have the flag in our hearts.”
“We always are,” Kovalchuk said of the Russians’ standing as favourites.
Pavel Datsyuk, a 34-year-old sniper and former Detroit Red Wings stalwart, leads the roster of prominent names, and they also benefit from having played together in the KHL.
Meanwhile, the United States and Canada will field mainly improvised squads that, while still containing medal-level skill, lack the star power that Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, and Audy Matthews would provide.
How to Watch on Television
All of the Olympic Games will be televised live on NBC, NBCSN, and other NBC Universal networks. Visit NBCOlympics.com for a complete TV schedule.
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How to watch Ice Hockey during the Winter Olympics in UK?
BBC is providing free coverage of a number of major Olympics events to UK citizens. The BBC One and Two networks will broadcast significant sporting events, while the BBC iPlayer will be available to internet audiences.
However, you’ll need to go to either Discovery+ or Eurosport for the most comprehensive UK coverage. Their monthly subscription levels are £4.99 and £6.99, respectively. These platforms may be viewed via Fire TV, PS5, Chromecast, and other devices in addition to the normal Android and iOS devices.
How to watch Olympic hockey in the United States without cable and with cable?
In the United States, the 2022 Olympic Ice hockey will be broadcast on NBC. If you have cable, you may watch all of the events on the NBC networks. Users of NBC cable will also be able to watch the games online via NBC’s streaming service.
If you don’t have cable, you’ll need to subscribe to a streaming service that includes the NBC channel. Many options are available, including fuboTV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and others.
Sling TV’s Blue Package is one of the greatest possibilities. This costs $35 a month and includes NBCSN, but special offers are frequently available. FuboTV also offers a one-week free trial, but the monthly fee is $64.99.
What is the best way to watch Olympic hockey in Canada?
The 2022 OlympicsIce Hockey will be televised by four Canadian broadcasters: CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, and TLN. Any of these channels are available to cable users to view the activities.
The best option will be CBC, which is providing free coverage of many of this year’s major Olympic events. Sportsnet and TSN, on the other hand, will be excellent choices, but you will have to pay for them.
TSN and Sportsnet streaming packages will set you back CAD 19.99 per month, making them somewhat pricey choices for viewing the Olympics.
How to watch hockey during the Olympics for free in Australia?.
In Australia, Channel 7 holds exclusive broadcasting rights to the Tokyo Olympics, which it is telecasting for free. The activities will be broadcast on 7Mate and 7Two for cable subscribers. Cord cutters may test 7plus, a streaming service from Channel 7. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, web browsers, Sony TV, and a variety of other devices.