Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Winnipeg Jets NHL Jets Home NHL Jets Facebook NHL Jets Twitter NHL Jets Instagram NHL Jets Official Youtube Page Sign Up for Jets Mail Mobile App Buy Tickets
2014 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition Buy Tickets Facebook Instagram Manage Your Account Jets Pass HQ

Czech Republic, Latvia seek bounce-back wins

Thursday, 13.02.2014 / 8:07 PM / Winnipeg Jets
By John Kreiser  - NHL.com Columnist
X
Share with your Friends


Czech Republic, Latvia seek bounce-back wins
What\'s at stake: Each team is looking to bounce back after losing its opener. The Czechs paid the price for a bad start in a 4-2 loss to Sweden; Latvia was 7.9 seconds from getting to overtime against Switzerland before a bad bounce resulted in the game\'s only goal and a 1-0 loss.\r\n

CZECH REPUBLIC vs. LATVIA

When: Friday, 3 a.m. ET (MSNBC, TSN)

Where: Bolshoy Ice Dome

What's at stake: Each team is looking to bounce back after losing its opener. The Czechs paid the price for a bad start in a 4-2 loss to Sweden; Latvia was 7.9 seconds from getting to overtime against Switzerland before a bad bounce resulted in the game's only goal and a 1-0 loss.

Czech Republic: Coach Alois Hadamczik will undoubtedly stress to his team the necessity of being ready from the opening faceoff. The Czechs found themselves in a four-goal hole 24:07 into their game against the powerful Swedes in their opener, and though they received goals by New Jersey Devils teammates Marek Zidlicky and Jaromir Jagr, it wasn’t enough.

"We were just sitting back too much," said forward Patrik Elias, also of the Devils. "We were passive. We didn't go. We backed off. We talked about being patient without the puck but that's what we did for the whole [first] period. We got in trouble with the penalties, they scored on it. That's simplified but that was the reason."

Don’t be surprised if Hadamczik makes a change in goal. He didn’t dress Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets against Sweden, opting instead to use two KHL goalies; starter Jakub Kovar allowed three goals on 10 shots before being pulled less than a minute into the second period. Alexander Salak surrendered the Swedes' fourth goal on the first shot he faced, though he did stop 14 shots after that. Hadamczik said he was giving Pavelec some extra time to adjust his body clock after coming from 10 time zones away.

Latvia: The Latvians, expected to finish last in Group C, come into this game both pleased and disappointed after a loss to Switzerland in their first game. Latvia goaltender Edgars Masalskis stopped the first 38 shots he faced. But after Latvian forward Lauris Darzins was checked behind the Swiss net and injured on the play, he was slow to get up and there was a delay in replacing him after he got to the bench. With the Swiss essentially playing 5-on-4, a pass by forward Simon Moser of the Nashville Predators hit Latvian defenseman Georgijs Pujacs and slid across the goal line with 7.9 seconds left.

Still, the Latvians were buoyed by their strong showing against one of the up-and-comers in international hockey.

"We got better and better and showed that we can really compete," coach Ted Nolan said. "Unfortunately it's a game of mistakes and we made one when it mattered the most. … One of our players got hit behind the boards. It was a 5-on-4 situation and we still had the puck. If we just would have thrown it in deep maybe we would have been able to kill off the last nine seconds."

What's next: The teams complete their preliminary-round play on Saturday when Latvia faces Sweden and the Czech Republic plays Switzerland.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 VAN 23 16 6 1 72 61 33
2 ANA 24 14 5 5 64 60 33
3 NSH 22 15 5 2 62 45 32
4 STL 23 15 6 2 63 49 32
5 CGY 24 14 8 2 75 64 30
6 CHI 23 14 8 1 70 47 29
7 LAK 23 12 6 5 64 53 29
8 WPG 25 12 9 4 52 56 28
9 MIN 22 13 9 0 63 52 26
10 SJS 24 10 10 4 62 66 24
11 DAL 23 9 9 5 68 79 23
12 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
13 COL 23 8 10 5 59 73 21
14 EDM 24 6 14 4 54 82 16

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 25 8 8 3 16
B. Wheeler 25 8 8 1 16
B. Little 25 8 7 4 15
M. Frolik 25 5 5 3 10
M. Scheifele 25 3 7 1 10
E. Kane 17 4 5 -1 9
D. Byfuglien 25 4 5 -3 9
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
Z. Bogosian 24 0 8 -1 8
J. Trouba 25 2 5 2 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 4 1 2 .947 1.56
O. Pavelec 8 8 2 .919 2.23
SOCHI MEN'S HOCKEY STANDINGS
ALL GROUPS
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
SWEDEN
3 3 0 0 0 9
UNITED STATES 3 2 1 0 0 8
CANADA 3 2 1 0 0 8
FINLAND 3 2 0 1 0 7
RUSSIA
3 1 1 1 0 6
SWITZERLAND 3 2 0 0 1 6
CZECH REPUBLIC 3 1 0 0 2 3
SLOVENIA 3 1 0 0 2 3
AUSTRIA
3 1 1 0 2 3
SLOVAKIA 3 0 0 1 2 1
LATVIA 3 0 0 0 3 0
NORWAY 3 0 0 0 3 0

GROUP A
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
USA
3 2 1 0 0 8
RUSSIA 3 1 1 1 0 6
SLOVENIA 3 1 0 0 2 3
SLOVAKIA 3 0 0 1 2 1

GROUP B
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
CANADA 3 2 1 0 0 8
FINLAND 3 2 0 1 0 7
AUSTRIA 3 1 0 0 2 3
NORWAY 3 0 0 0 3 0

GROUP C
COUNTRY GP W OTW OTL L PTS
SWEDEN 3 3 0 0 0 9
SWITZERLAND 3 2 0 0 1 6
CZECH REP. 3 1 0 0 2 3
LATVIA 3 0 0 0 3 0

JETS STATS
NAME GP G A PTS PIM +/-
BLAKE WHEELER USA 6 0 1 1 2 0
OLLI JOKINEN FIN 6 2 2 4 2 3
MICHAEL FROLIK CZE 5 0 0 0 0 0

JETS STATS
NAME GP W L GAA PCT SO
ONDREJ PAVELEC CZE 4 2 2 3.50 .915 0
Join Jets Cadets Kids Club!