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Finland, Norway look to build on positives

Thursday, 13.02.2014 / 8:26 PM / Winnipeg Jets
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NORWAY vs. FINLAND

When: Friday, Noon ET (MSNBC, SNET)

Where: Shayba Arena

What's at stake: Both teams will be playing for the second straight day. Finland will try to play like it did in the final two periods of its 8-4 win Thursday against Austria, and hopes to have captain Teemu Selanne in the lineup. Selanne sat out the final two periods Thursday with what coach Erkka Westerlund called a "small upper-body injury." Norway will try to build on the positives from its 3-1 loss to Canada on Thursday.

Norway: For one period the Norwegians played even with Canada during their game Thursday.

The second period, though, was a different story. After being outshot 9-8 in a scoreless first period, Norway couldn't keep up when Canada found a different gear. Norway was outshot 12-2 in the second and outscored 2-0 en route to a 3-1 loss.

"We battled hard and we played for each other, blocking shots and playing the way we're supposed to play," forward Mats Zuccarello told the IIHF website. "I think the second period we got a little too cocky. We have to stay humble and play the same way all the time."

They'll also need another strong outing in net like the one they got Thursday from goalie Lars Haugen, who stopped 35 of 38 shots.

Finland: The slow start against Austria was seen as a positive and a teaching moment for Finland. The Finns gave up a goal on the game's first shift and trailed 2-1 halfway through the first period before cranking things up en route to an 8-4 win.

"We weren't ready," Finland goalie Tuukka Rask said. "They got the goal and even battled back a couple of times there. It's not a good start, but a good thing that we never let our guard down. We just kept going."

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen chalked up the rough start to first-game struggles and said he expects his team to be better going forward.

"I think we have to get back to being tighter defensively," said Timonen, who said the early start (Noon local time) and the larger ice surface contributed to some of his team's sluggishness. "Hopefully we can score three or four goals a game and that should be enough against these good countries. That was [the] first game, probably not the best one Finland played, but we take it and move on."

What's next: The teams finish play in Group B on Sunday. Finland faces Canada with the top spot in the group likely at stake, while Norway faces Austria in a game that will have a big spot in seeding for the quarterfinal round.

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01
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