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But the schedule is very favorable to the U.S. with the top seed, as should they beat the Belarussians or the Swiss Wednesday, a date with the Czechs, Finns or Norweigans would be on tap Friday with a chance to clinch at least a silver medal with a win. A potential rematch with Canada or a 1980 rematch with Russia wouldn’t come until Sunday’s gold-medal game, if the teams advance that far.

So, with two days to prepare, the U.S. will look to fit into the new role as medal contender - and look to avoid the pressure and pitfalls that did in Canada Sunday night.