Slovenia and Slovakia share enough letters to confuse people, even if they aren’t border countries. It should be fairly easy to tell them apart on the ice, however, especially when 6-foot-9 Slovak defenseman Zdeno Chara is on the ice.
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Slovakia came into the Olympics as a dark horse candidate, yet the U.S. made some of the team’s proponents go silent with a 7-1 drubbing. People can often overreact to single games, as Slovakia still has a chance to at least be a pesky opponent. Winning this game could be helpful for seeding purposes.
Slovenia has more of a “happy to be there” feel, as they put together an admirable effort against Russia and remain a hockey program in its infancy. Stealing a win against Slovakia could be a huge moment for Anze Kopitar & Co.