Semifinal Preview: Canada vs. United States

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 11:28 AM

CANADA vs. UNITED STATES

When: Friday, 10 a.m. MT (NBCSN, CBC)

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

Note: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is on Canada's roster but he is not expected to dress for this game.

What's at stake: Unlike the 2010 Vancouver Olympics or the games in Salt Lake City eight years earlier, no gold medal will be awarded to the winner Friday between the United States and Canada. The victor will still have one more hill to climb, advancing to the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday. The losing country will be faced with the scenario of leaving Russia with bronze at best, and perhaps nothing at all.

What's next: Five hours before this game is scheduled to face off, Sweden plays Finland in the other semifinal (7 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN). The winners of the two games play Sunday for gold; the losers Saturday for bronze.

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