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Olympic Hockey TV Schedule: A Guide for Nashville Predators fans

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Want to keep an eye on the Nashville Predators while they compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics? Consult our handy guide...

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The Winter Olympics presents a special treat for hockey fans, because while the NHL takes a break, we get to enjoy an All-Star tournament featuring a relatively wide open competition for the gold medal. Yes, Canada is the favorite heading in, but Russia, America and Sweden also have a shot, and Finland could very well throw any of those four off track by springing an upset.

For Nashville Predators fans, here's your guide to when the teams of particular interest will be playing. After these opening round games, the playoff rounds take place on Tuesday & Wednesday February 18-19, with the semifinals on Thursday February 20th and the gold medal game on Saturday, February 22nd.

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Team USA

Led by general manager David Poile, the Americans hope to follow up 2010's silver medal finish with another trip to the podium.

Date/Time (CT) Game & Channel
Thursday Feb 13, 6:30 a.m. vs Slovakia, NBCSN
Saturday Feb 15, 6:30 a.m. vs Russia, NBCSN
Sunday Feb 16, 6:30 a.m. vs Slovenia, NBCSN

Canada

Shea Weber will serve as alternate captain for the Maple Syrup Gang, which comes into this tournament as the defending gold medalists. Even though this doesn't count as NHL action, one can't help but think that a strong showing by Weber could bolster his Norris Trophy aspirations.

Date/Time (CT) Game & Channel
Thursday Feb 13, 11:00 a.m. vs Norway, USA
Friday Feb 14, 11:00 a.m. vs Austria, USA
Sunday Feb 16, 11:00 a.m. vs Finland, USA

Switzerland

Roman Josi and Simon Moser will suit up for the Swiss, who may not be favored to medal, but are looking to make an impact nonetheless. Josi & Moser certainly appear confident in the photo below...

Date/Time (CT) Game & Channel
Wednesday Feb 12, 11:00 a.m. vs Latvia, MSNBC
Friday Feb 14, 6:30 a.m. vs Sweden, NBCSN
Saturday Feb 15, 11:00 a.m. vs Czech Republic, NBCSN

Russia

No, there aren't any current Nashville Predators on the Russian roster, but we'll all be keeping one eye open to see what Alexander Radulov does, right?

Date/Time (CT) Game & Channel
Thursday Feb 13, 6:30 a.m. vs Slovenia, MSNBC
Saturday Feb 15, 6:30 a.m. vs USA, NBCSN
Sunday Feb 16, 6:30 a.m. vs Slovakia, USA

So tune in and follow along with your favorite teams as they chase the gold medal. Who do you think will win?