In the first of many such instances for the Nashville Predators during this Winter Olympic hockey tournament, teammates faced off as opponents when Patric Hornqvist and Team Sweden defeated Germany (which included Marcel Goc and Alexander Sulzer) 2-0. None of the Preds figured in the scoring, although Sulzer was on the ice for Sweden's second goal, ending the evening with a -1 rating. The Germans clogged things up defensively, but couldn't capitalize on their few offensive opportunities, including a 5-on-3 power play.
No Nashville Predators were involved in this one, but Teemu Selanne tied the all-time Olympic record with his 36th point coming via an assist, and former Preds captain Kimmo Timonen played a huge role on the Finnish blueline, logging over 24 minutes in ice time.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his return to North America to lead the Czechs to an opening win over Slovakia, which got their lone goal from Marian Gaborik, who wasn't expected to play. Martin Erat had 1 shot in 15:06 on the ice.