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Here are your Olympic semifinal matchups

Feb 19, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Teemu Selanne #8 of Finland skates during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff against Russia on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

All four top seeds beat their quarterfinals opponents, which means that the Russians have been eliminated and we have a pair of fierce rivals set to play each other in the semifinals.

Both games will take place on Friday and be played at the Bolshoy Ice Dome:

Sweden vs. Finland (7 a.m. ET, NBCSN) — Watch it live online

The Scandinavian neighbors will face off in a rematch of the 2006 gold medal game.

Both of these teams have done a tremendous job overcoming injuries in this tournament. Finland is playing without several of its top centers including Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula, and Aleksander Barkov while Sweden has been forced to get by without Henrik Sedin, Johan Franzen, and Henrik Zetterberg. Even still, these squads have been two of the most effective offensively in the Olympics.

This contest will feature a classic goaltending matchup between Finland’s Tuukka Rask and Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist. This will also be a game between two of these nation’s greatest hockey heroes of all-time in Daniel Alfredsson and Teemu Selanne

United States versus Canada (12 p.m. ET, NBCSN) — Watch it live online

Four years ago the United States came into the Olympics as underdogs, but they beat Canada in the round robin and then took the Canadians to overtime in the gold medal game before Sidney Crosby brought an end to America’s run. This time around, there is no underdog and there is no favorite. Granted, Canada still boosts the stronger lineup on paper, but in practice the Americans have had a far more impressive tournament.

While the Canadians have been adjusting to the big ice and at times struggling to gain traction, nearly every forward on the U.S. squad has been clicking. The Americans have scored at least five goals in three of their last four contests. By comparison, Canada has only done that once in its game against Austria.

  1. areaman714 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Ducks, Ducks everywhere!!!!

    • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM



      • areaman714 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        He has much much better players playing around him . . . who one the Queens is going to make a pass like that right on Browknee’s tape?

  2. iamkillerfin - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    WHO CARES!!! The pros shouldn’t even be playing because they’re taking away an opportunity for young talent the get to the pros!!! I boycott watching any of the olympics that have pro players involved!!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I mean, the kids have World Juniors among other things so I think there are plenty of avenues for scouts to see the young bucks.

    • thomasvanek - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Olympics is for the best of the best not rookies you moron.

    • r8rbhawk - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      wow killerfin, 60+ down thumbs in less than a half-hour. That is one impressive comment.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        113 thumbs down and counting…

      • barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        I just got the 264th thumbs down vote.2:02a.m.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      1. Olympics are about the best athletes competing… not the best jobless athletes competing.

      2. Pros have been playing Olympic hockey since the 50s. The USSR used men from their elite league in the Olympics for years. Thanks to communism, they weren’t paid, and qualified as “amateur” hockey players. The rest of the world was forced to use amateurs. Wasn’t until the 90’s that everyone was allowed to use pros.

      3. It’s 2014, the only place you’ll find true “amateur” sports (in any sport) is at high school level. That’s not Olympic calibur.

      4. Olympics are expensive as hell. Bringing in pros generated a ton more money for the games.

    • pfhockey - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      They already have something like that, the WJC. Are you usually this ignorant? I can’t even tell if you follow hockey.

  3. stepanup - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I just got that rush. I cannot wait. GO USA!

  4. pfhockey - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    At least we know only one team won’t medal now.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      FALSE STATEMENT: Loser will play for the Bronze

      • pfhockey - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        in which 4-3=1.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Canada vs USA is going to be awesome.

    Canada’s had the best defense so far in the tourny. The US has had the best offense. I’m rooting for my Canadians, but man the States have been good. Hope Canada comes to play.

  6. 19to77 - Feb 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I don’t think the Americans have ever iced as good a team as this. It isn’t overflowing with superstars, but it has a couple, and more importantly it has a fantastic wealth of hardworking two-way players who never mail in a shift. And it has chemistry. On the one hand, proving you’re the best requires beating the best – so for Canada to remind the world whose sport this is, we need to beat these guys and prove it. But on the other… damn, America. Hats off. That’s one hell of a hockey team. May the best one win.

  7. jimw81 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    put your money on finland

  8. kennyadler1 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    This is a good opportunity for the Miracle on Ice to come full circle….

    1) USA wins gold again for the first time since 1980
    2) They do it in Russia who they beat on home ice in a thriller in group play
    3) The reason why this year’s USA squad can truly/legitimately compete is because hockey became a sport for Americans to play, pay attention to and want to compete in after the win in Lake Placid
    4) Ryan Suter is Bob Suter’s kid

    Let’s hope they do it….USA! USA! USA!

    • tdrusher225 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      It’s funny how every generation talks about how they were inspired by previous ones. The 1980 team is often referred to as the “sons of Bobby Orr”, and those guys went on to inspire and bring USA Hockey to a whole new level. I’ve seen the buzz this team’s been creating and it gives me the chills thinking about the next generation of USA hockey players watching this team. Pretty cool stuff.

  9. henryjones20 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Don’t be so hard on killer fin,most of you were saying the same about our basketball team until USA hockey became so exciting.

  10. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Canada 4, U.S.A. 2. Fin’s win in a shoot-out.

  11. restohpens - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Guys, on a 10-scale (10 being “You need to get off the Internet”), how bad is it that when Brownie scored that goal my first thought was, “Ohhhh man, I can’t wait to hear what Blomfeld has to say about that one!”

  12. barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    How about picks for the last four spots?
    I’ll start.
    I picked the correct 4 to get to the semis on here when the Olympics started.
    Let’s see how I do with the rest.
    Sweden over Finland
    USA over Canada
    Gold- Sweeden
    Bronze- Finland.
    (not leaving Canada out because of the “I Hate Canada” stuff- just think they are the worst “team” left. The Latvia game should have been 10-1, and all of these great players got stymied by a no name 21 year old goalie.)
    And Sweeden over USA because of Lundqvist. Quick is good, but I think Henrik is better and will be the difference maker.

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