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Winter Olympics Open Thread: Lundqvist, Hagelin, and Sweden open tournament against Czech Republic

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Two of the seven New York Rangers in Sochi will be in action when Sweden and the Czech Republic open up the men's tournament on Wednesday.

Bruce Bennett

If it feels like it's been a while since you've seen NHL players in action, it's because it has been. The NHL schedule officially went on hiatus on Saturday, with four days between that break and the start of the men's Olympic tournament. But Wednesday, the puck will finally drop, with a pair of matchups, including one featuring a pair of New York Rangers.

In that tilt, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin, and team Sweden will take on the Czech Republic. Opposite the pair of Rangers will be a lot of familiar New York faces, with the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Michal Rozsival, and Petr Nedved representing the Czechs.

Player to watch:


Carl Hagelin

#62 / Left Wing / New York Rangers

5-11

186

Aug 23, 1988


In his first Olympics, Hagelin's best attribute (his speed) should on full display on the larger, IIHF ice surface. Look for Hagelin's speed to influence the game.