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Daily Links for Tuesday, Feb. 16

Sharpen your skates and tape your sticks folks, because the Olympic men's hockey tournament starts today! While the regular articles on DBTB will have a Sabres tinge to them, I'll be taking a more universal approach with the Links during the tournament. Here you can expect to find a schedule of all the day's games as well as plenty of articles about those countries that are medal favorites. Here's to an exciting hockey tournament!

Today's Schedule:
USA v. Switzerland - 3:00pm - USA
Canada v. Norway - 7:30pm - CTV, CNBC
Russia v. Latvia - 11:55pm - CNBC

Miller the linchpin for inexperienced Americans -
A young and inexperienced Team USA has been counted out of medal contention for 2010, providing just the atmosphere the Americans want. For a preview of the Russian team, click here. For Team Canada, click here.

Some line combinations, defense pairs set -
Team USA coach Ron Wilson has been around the international hockey block a few times before. Enough to have learned a thing or two.

2010 Winter Olympics: 10 things you need to know about U.S. men's hockey team - ESPN
Team USA has tremendous depth in net and a youthful lineup, but the Americans will still be nothing but underdogs in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here are 10 things you need to know.

Luongo gets call for Canada against Norway - TSN
In a bit of a surprise move, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will start in net for Canada's Olympic hockey tournament opener Tuesday against Norway. predicts the Olympic outcome -
Everyone has his own opinion about how the Olympic hockey tournament will shake out. offers who will go home happy – and who won’t.

At What Price, Gold? - From The Rink
Is a fantastic Olympic tournament worth the risk of injuries that affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs? This hockey fan says no.

Hull was awed by the Olympics -
Brett Hull had a lot of great moments during his hockey career, but getting to play in the Olympics is right at the top of his list.

A guide to American-Canadian relations during the Olympics - ESPN
Rick Reilly (who I usually pass on) tells Americans visiting the Olympics in Vancouver how to be more Canadian in his typical saccharine way. But it's pretty true.