The Canadians took the tournament by storm with a 12-1 win over Switzerland on the first night, followed by a dominating 11-1 win against a solid Finnish team. The ROC also opened their tournament with a win against Switzerland but fell to the Americans in their second matchup.
Canada’s confidence is at an all-time high. The Russians will hope to capitalize on what could be a bit of overconfidence.
How to Watch
Canada vs ROC Sunday, Feb. 6, 11:10 p.m. Eastern Time
- United States: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, USA Network
- Canada (EN): CBC Gem, CBC TV, TSN4, Sportsnet, CBC.ca
- Canada (FR): ICI.TOU.TV, Radio-Canada Télé, RDS, Radio-Canada.ca
- Canada (IU): CBC Gem, CBC.ca
- World Commentator: Aaron Murphy
What to Watch For
- Canada’s Scoring: The Canadians can’t stop putting the puck in the back of the net. In just two games, they’ve already become the highest scoring women’s hockey team at the Olympics since the introduction of the ranked group stage in 2014. Six Canadians have scored more than once, and Canadians occupy spots 1 through 4 in the tournament points race. Many of Canada’s goals have been spectacular, but they’re making their own luck by putting pucks on net. When they aren’t scoring with dazzling dangles, lucky bounces are going in – that’s the advantage of averaging 59 shots a game.
- Goaltending: Tonight's game may be a chance to see some new goaltenders starting in the creases. Ann-Renée Desbiens has had a great start to the tournament, but Canada could rest her tonight ahead of their matchup against the United States. This would put Emerance Maschmeyer in the net for her Olympic debut following an outstanding performance at the world championships last summer. Russia chose to go with Mariya Sorokina for their first two games. She had a .933 after facing 30 shots against Switzerland but was pulled from the second game after allowing five goals. 17-year-old Darya Gredzen replaced her and made 19 saves for a perfect 12 minutes to close out the match. Will the coaches keep their confidence in Sorokina? Or will they throw Gredzen into the fire and see how she stands up to the ferocious Canadians?
- Sarah Fillier: The young Canadian star has had an incredible start to the Olympics. Fillier opened the tournament with the first two goals in Canada’s 12-1 win, followed by two against Finland. It’s an Olympic debut reminiscent of some of Canada’s greatest stars. In 2010, Poulin had one in each of her first three games plus two in the gold medal game. 21-year-old Fillier will look to add more to her total tonight, but if the ROC shuts down her scoring, she is equally as lethal as a playmaker.
- Polina Bolgareva: Another young player making an exciting debut, Bolgareva scored three in her opening game, all great goals from in tight. Though the ROC failed to score against the American’s, Bolgareva displayed her finishing skills by taking dangerous shots set up by her linemates. When Russia moves into the Canadian zone, expect teammates to be sending the puck to number 21.