Qualification-round breakdown

Hometown Russians appear to have an easy path to the quarterfinals

Updated: February 17, 2014, 12:00 PM ET
By Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The fun is over, and now it's down to business for the hockey teams vying for a slice of Sochi gold. First up, on Tuesday, are four qualification games. The winners of these games will advance to the quarterfinals. Here's a breakdown:

No. 5 Russia versus No. 12 Norway Winner plays Finland

For Russia, it's a layup, and I doubt anyone thinks it's a great idea that Pavel Datsyuk needs to play an extra game. But overall, it could be exactly what the host country needs to get its mojo ...

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