PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Wednesday night is rivalry night in the National Hockey League and, on this Valentine's Day, there's no love lost in the Winter Olympics either.
The United States and Canada drop the puck at 9:10 p.m. live on NBCSN in a Group A Prelim match. Watch the live stream here.
Both teams expect to reach the gold medal game once again, but this early contest could set the tone for a future showdown. Both teams are 2-0 in Group play. Team USA beat Finland 3-1 to open the Olympics and then defeated the Olympic Athletes of Russia, 5-0 on Tuesday. Canada has also beaten OAR and Finland these Olympics.
Team USA features 12 skaters with Minnesota connections, seven of them born and raised in the State of Hockey. Be looking for names like Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Amanda Kessel, three former Minnesota Gophers on the top line for Team USA. Brandt, a Hill-Murray product, is the team's face-off specialist having won better than 80-percent of them thus far. She also tallied a goal in their game against OAR.
University of Minnesota-Duluth goalie Maddie Rooney may get the start in goal tonight. She saved 23 shots in her Olympic debut against Finland.
The United States has won seven of the past eight World Championships but has fallen to Canada in the past two Winter Games.