Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/16/14
Finland has been among the world’s most consistent hockey nations at the Olympic level, medaling at four of the last five games and five of the last seven. The Finns have never claimed gold, however — something the 2014 squad, backstopped by Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and featuring a deep core of NHL veterans, will be looking to change next month in Sochi. Though he has struggled some since Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was lost for the season, Rask has been among the league’s top goaltenders. He ranks sixth in the NHL in goals against average, fourth in save percentage and tied for fourth in games played. It says something that even with fellow standouts Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi on Finland’s Olympic roster, Rask is the team’s unquestioned starter. While Rask will be making his first Olympic appearance, Finland is stocked with veteran talent in front of him. Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, the face of Finnish hockey, is playing in his fourth Olympics, as is Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. It isn’t only old men who will be making an impact for the Finns, though. Valtteri Filppula, who has 18 goals and 18 assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, will be returning from the 2010 squad that won bronze in Vancouver, and 21-year-old Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund will be a player to watch as he makes his Olympic debut. For a full preview of Team Finland, be sure to tune in to WB Mason Presents Bruins Face-Off LIVE on Thursday night at 8 p.m., immediately preceding the Bruins’ matchup with the Dallas Stars at 8:30 p.m.Filed under: Boston Bruins, Bruins Face-Off Live, Headlines, NHL
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL Legends (and Jose Canseco!) Have No Love For Captain America
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kaepernick explains why he is protesting national anthem

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

Chargers would welcome Joey Bosa if he signed contract

Falcons rookie Keanu Neal needs surgery on knee

Jerry Jones unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's dispensary visit

Texas Tech using fake Twitter accounts to track players

Nike creates custom Air Jordan shoes in tribute to Craig Sager

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker