A spot in the semifinal of the 2018 Winter Olympics men’s hockey tournament will be on the line Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in Pyeongchang), as the United States takes on the Czech Republic.
In the United States, the game starts Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CNBC. If you don’t have cable or a cable log-in, you can watch a free live stream of CNBC on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for a free trial of one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Hulu With Live TV: In addition to an extensive Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including CNBC. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
DirecTV Now: CNBC is included in each of DirecTV Now’s four main channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
FuboTV: CNBC is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Sling TV: CNBC is included in the “Sling Blue” + “News Extra” channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
In addition to being able to watch the CNBC simulcast via the above streaming services, you can also watch the game live on your computer via NBCOlympics.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. To watch this stream, you’ll have a 30-minute free preview before needing to sign in to your TV provider, but you can use your Hulu, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV credentials to do that.
Following a wildly inconsistent performance during group play, which saw the Americans lose a shocker to Slovenia and get destroyed by the Russians, Tony Granato’s squad bounced back with a convincing performance against Slovakia in the qualifying round. Ryan Donato added two more goals, tying him with Ilya Kovalchuk and Kirill Kaprizov at a tournament-high four, Troy Terry picked up three assists, and Team USA scored more goals (5) than they did during all of group play (4).
Now, the Americans will have to prove they can beat someone other than Slovakia, and that starts with a matchup against Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
Josef Jandac’s team, which features nine former NHL players, started the tournament with an uninspiring 2-1 win over South Korea–who went on to lose their next three games by a combined score of 17-2–but bounced back with a shootout win over Canada and a 4-1 drubbing of Switzerland to win Group A. Michal Repik has led the way for the Czech Republic with three goals and an assist, while Jan Kovar has chipped in three points and Pavel Francouz has saved 76 of the 80 shots directed his way.
The Czech team will certainly be favored in this quarterfinal matchup, but the United States will enter brimming with confidence following their best performance of the tournament. The winner will face either Norway or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.