The Americans take on Switzerland in the third game of group play this morning. So far, Team USA is off to a 2-0 start in the Olympics, despite the absence of star forward Brianna Decker. Switzerland is 0-2, after losses to Canada and ROC.
How to Watch
- U.S. viewers: 8:10 a.m. ET on USA Network, Peacock, and NBCOlympics.com
- Canadian viewers: 8:10 a.m. ET on Sportsnet, TSN1/4, CBC.ca/
What to Watch For
- Lara Stalder and Alina Müller have, as expected, been the big guns for Switzerland so far in Beijing. They’ve scored all three goals for the Swiss, with Stalder scoring the lone goal against Canada and both players getting on the board against ROC. The Swiss don’t quite have the depth to match up with their Group A counterparts, but the skill of their top-end players is readily apparent. If Switzerland has a hope of keeping this game close, it’ll likely come down to some excellent goaltending and great playmaking from their best players.
- With Brianna Decker out for the tournament, the U.S. coaching staff has moved Abby Roque up to Decker’s spot at center on the top line, between Alex Carpenter and Amanda Kessel. Although it’s impossible to replace Decker completely, Roque is a skilled, reliable playmaker and that move seems to be paying off for now. Their line was responsible for one goal in a 5-0 win over ROC yesterday. We’ll see if they can get anything more going against Switzerland today./
- Back during Women’s Worlds in August, Team USA beat Switzerland, 3-0. It wasn’t the same margin of victory they’re used to seeing (shots on goal were still 58-10, to be clear), and their overall performance at Worlds was less than spectacular. I think the U.S. will be looking to pack more of an offensive punch in this game and to keep steadily improving during group play, so they can face off against Canada at their peak. /