Slovenia defeats Austria in qualification play, plus the latest on Sergei Bobrovky, Patrik Elias, Mats Zuccarello, Henrik Zetterberg and more.
NHL.COM: Anze Kopitar scored what would be the game winner as Slovenia blanked Austria 4-0 in qualification round play this morning. They move on to face Sweden in quarterfinal play on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Slovenians have been the surprise of the men’s hockey tournament thus far. That they’ve made it to the quarterfinal round in their first-ever Olympics is an impressive debut.
NBC SPORTS: Sergei Bobrovsky will be the starting goalie when Russia faces off against Norway in qualification play today.
NBC SPORTS: Czech Republic star Patrik Elias will miss his team’s qualification round game today against Slovakia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could be a significant blow for the Czech Republics hopes of reaching the quarterfinal.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Norwegian star Mats Zuccarello praises his mother for helping him achieve his dream of playing in the NHL.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Henrik Zetterberg returns to Detroit on Thursday. He is expected to under evaluation by Red Wings doctors regarding the herniated disc which knocked him out of the Olympics and threatens to end his NHL season.
CBC.CA: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains noncommittal about NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
NBC SPORTS: The Buffalo Sabres are likely to terminate the contract of unhappy winger Linus Omark. He’s been placed on unconditional waivers, usually a first step toward contract buyout.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild have signed goalie John Curry to a two-way NHL contract as a depth move. Starter Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis symptoms) is not expected on the ice this week as the Wild return to practice sessions on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov could join the club later in March depending on when his KHL season comes to an end.