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Olympic Primer: Team Austria

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 12:30 PM
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2014 Olympics Blog
Olympic Primer: Team Austria
2014 Sochi Olympics
Team Austria Schedule
2/13* Austria vs. Finland 3:00 a.m. NBCSN
2/14* Austria vs. Canada 12:00 p.m. USA
2/16* Austria vs. Norway 3:00 a.m. USA
* Preliminary Round
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Islanders forwards Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner headline Team Austria at the Sochi Olympics. The pair of first-time Olympians are expected to carry the offensive load for the Austrians, who will likely need to score an upset win in the qualification playoff to advance to the quarterfinals.

Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer, was named captain of the Austrian squad and has 49 points (19G/30A) in 57 games this season. Grabner, who won the NHL’s fastest skater competition in 2010-11, is a former 34-goal scorer and has 20 points (9G/11A) this season.

Grabner and Vanek are joined by fellow-NHLer, Michal Raffl, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. Austria last qualified for the Olympics in 2002.

The Austrians draw into Group B with Canada, Finland and Norway. Look for Vanek and Grabner to play a spirited contest against Islanders captain John Tavares and Team Canada on Friday at noon Eastern Standard Time. The Austrians kick off the tournament Thursday against Team Finland at 3 a.m. (EST).

Read: Vanek and Grabner hoping for an Upset

Michael Grabner (right) represented Austria at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Division 1 Championships.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 PIT 9 6 2 1 36 22 13
4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
6 NYI 10 6 4 0 35 36 12
7 NJD 10 5 3 2 30 34 12
8 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
9 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
10 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
11 PHI 10 4 4 2 32 36 10
12 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
13 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
14 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
15 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 10 6 6 3 12
J. Tavares 10 4 8 -4 12
K. Okposo 10 3 8 -3 11
F. Nielsen 10 4 4 3 8
J. Boychuk 10 2 6 4 8
R. Strome 10 0 7 4 7
M. Grabovski 7 3 3 3 6
N. Kulemin 10 1 5 2 6
N. Leddy 10 3 2 4 5
J. Bailey 7 2 2 2 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 3 1 0 .870 3.46
J. Halak 3 3 0 .889 3.51

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