Key thoughts for Sweden-Slovenia

"Yesterday, I was talking to a certain someone who knows a lot about the game of hockey. He said he's been following us the last couple of years and said we've done tremendous work and it's a huge jump from where we were five years ago. To hear that from a guy like that is unbelievable. A guy called Steve Yzerman," said Anze Kopitar, the lone NHLer on the Slovenian team and the son of the team's head coach, Matjaz Kopitar.

The Los Angeles Kings center was back in the lineup Tuesday and scored the first goal against Austria after missing the final period of Sunday's game against the United States with a stomach virus. Kopitar will have to be at his best and will be playing big minutes in the hopes of putting a scare into the Swedes.

The game plan is pretty simple, said Rodman, who had two assists Tuesday.

"We've got nothing to lose," he said, "so we just want to play our system well, make as less mistakes as we can and capitalize on our chances and work our ass off."

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