What to Expect from David Krejci and Zdeno Chara in Czech Republic vs. Slovakia

February 17th, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

As one of his country’s top forwards, David Krejci can impact an Olympic elimination rivalry bout by accentuating the Czech Republic’s physical energy. Fellow Boston Bruins player Zdeno Chara can offset that potential discrepancy by leading Slovakia in a charge to build on a burst of psychological "oomph."

When the geographic neighbors tangle in one of Tuesday’s playoff qualifiers, Krejci’s club will do so three days removed from their previous game. Chara will have barely had a 48-hour interval between the conclusion of his greatest sweat so far in Sochi and Tuesday’s opening draw.

Krejci is third among Czech forwards with 54 minutes and 17 seconds on his transcript through three Olympic contests. That trend, along with his skill set as a primal playmaker, points to him seeing his share of shifts against his NHL teammate.

Chara, Slovakia’s captain, is second only to Andrej Sekera for the team lead with 69:46 of cumulative ice time so far in the Olympics. But his efficiency is elevating and, in accordance, his team’s hopes ought to be as well.

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