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Quick Shifts: Olympics Results, Seattle Expansion, Break Time

Either the United States or Canada’s women’s team will walk away with Olympic gold today. While you get ready for those two hockey super powers to square off, here are today’s Quick Shifts!

Men’s Hockey Recaps: Yesterday was a busy day in the men’s hockey tournament. Here are all of the TMMOTS recaps of each game in one place:

Sweden vs Slovenia   Finland vs Russia   United States vs Czech Republic   Canada vs Latvia

Seattle Expansion Rumors Heat Up: Speculation that Seattle could possibly be one of the cities granted a franchise if / when the NHL decided to expand has not quieted down since it reached fever pitch during the Phoenix Coyotes saga this summer. Officially, the league has not made a decision on expansion, but that doesn’t mean things are going on in the background. According to the Seattle Times, a group from Seattle will be traveling to Vancouver next week to watch a Canucks game and to learn the ropes of owning an NHL franchise. It also will offer up the opportunity for Seattle perspective owners to get to know their future rivals better. [ Seattle Times ]

Olympic Break: Union and Blue takes an interesting look at what the Olympic Break means for teams that are in the heat of division battles. So much attention has been paid to the athletes competing over at the Sochi games, but what about the players sitting idle back at home? Sure the rest is welcomed and injuries can heal up, but the games must be an inconvenient pause to the ultimate goal: winning a Stanley Cup. Will the Olympic break affect the race to the playoffs? [ Union and Blue ]

Updated Men’s Bracket:

FanSided has updated their bracket for the men’s tournament. We have that for you below:

Updated Men's bracket. Courtesy of FanSided

Updated Men’s bracket. Courtesy of FanSided

Tags: 2014 Sochi Olympics

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