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Switzerland vs Czech Republic Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/15/14

Switzerland (1-1-0) vs Czech Republic (1-1-0)

Olympic Hockey: Saturday, February 15, 2014 (Sochi, Russia)

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The Swiss and Czechs do battle from Sochi on Saturday with second place in the pool up for grabs pending a collapse from the Swedes against Latvia.

Switzerland came into this tournament as the consensus dark horse team to not only make it through the pool but to contend for a podium position as they have more NHL level talents than ever before and one of the world’s best goaltenders in Jonas Hiller. However, the Swiss narrowly escaped Latvia with a game winner with eight seconds remaining in their tournament opener and while they held the Swedes to a single goal their offense couldn’t muster anything in a disappointing loss. Now, the Swiss must hold off a Czech team who dropped a 4-2 decision to the Swedes in their tournament opener but responded with a convincing win over Latvia yesterday. Switzerland is led up front by Nino Neiderreiter and Damien Brunner but both have been silent through two games and while the Swiss blue line and goaltending has been on point they’ll need to find ways to score and fast if they want to advance.

Switzerland vs Czech Republic Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/15/14

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The Czechs came into this tournament as a consensus underachiever as many thought they were too old and that their goaltending was a liability and while that was the case against Sweden the Czechs did what they were supposed to against Latvia and skated away with a huge victory. Now, the 1998 gold medallists have a shot at locking up second place in the group with a win over Switzerland on Saturday and while they aren’t the world beaters they once were they still have a lot of NHL talent and on paper are a better team than the Swiss. However, playing against Switzerland over the last couple of years has been no easy task as even the best of teams including Canada and the United States struggled mightily with the world neutrals in Vancouver and to be honest I think the Swiss blue line and the play of Jonas Hiller will be the difference here and as such the Swiss lock up the second spot in their pool with a win.

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