Oct 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (10) surrounded by defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44), center Vincent Lecavalier (40), defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) and right wing Jakub Voracek (93) after a goal against the Florida Panthers in the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Olympic Preview

The 2014 Sochi Olympics are out in full force. As the numerous skiing, snowboarding, and figure skating events take place the yearning for hockey only increases. The women’s hockey division has provided a few good games to tide us over, but tomorrow afternoon the Men’s Olympic Hockey competition starts. The preliminary games will be aired as they take place on NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, and USA Network. The time difference with Russia means that games take place in three time slots: 3:00am, 7:30am, and 12:00pm. The preliminary round lasts from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.

The Philadelphia Flyers have five players who will represent their country during the competition. Here is a look at when you can catch the different Flyers on TV over the next few days.

Jakub Voracek – Czech Republic

Wednesday – February 12 – 12:00pm – USA Network – vs. Sweden

Friday – February 14 – 3:00am – MSNBC – vs. Latvia

Saturday – February 15 – 12:00pm – NBC Sports – vs. Switzerland

Kimmo Timonen – Finland

Thursday – February 13 – 3:00am – NBC Sports – vs. Austria

Friday – February 14 – 12:00pm – MSNBC – vs. Norway

Sunday – February 16 – 12:00pm – USA Network – vs. Canada

Mark Streit – Switzerland

Wednesday – February 12 – 12:00pm – MSNBC – vs. Latvia

Friday – February 14 – 7:30am – NBC Sports – vs. Sweden

Saturday – February 15 – 12:00pm – NBC Sports – vs. Czech Republic

Michael Raffl – Austria

Thursday – February 13 – 3:00am – NBC Sports – vs. Finland

Friday – February 14 – 12:00pm – USA Network – vs. Canada

Sunday – February 16 – 3:00am – USA Network – vs. Norway

Andrej Meszaros – Slovakia

Thursday – February 13 – 7:30am – NBC Sports – vs. USA

Saturday – February 15 – 3:00am – NBC Sports – vs. Slovenia

Sunday – February 16 – 7:30am – USA Network – vs. Russia

For more games, check out this list of TV schedules.

Right now, the consensus top four teams are Canada, Sweden, USA, and Russia. Unfortunately, if any Flyer is going to medal in the Sochi games, it will have to be through an upset. Both the Czech Republic and Finland could be sleepers in the tournament. The Czech Republic has both young guns like Voracek, and wily veterans like Jaromir Jagr. Team Finland also has a good mix of veterans (Teemu Selanne and Kimmo Timonen) and youth (top line center Aleksander Barkov). Ultimately, as an American, I will be rooting for Team USA and for all of the Philadelphia Flyers participants to have a good showing.

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