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United States-Norway Preview

Updated: February 18, 2010, 9:27 AM ET
Associated Press

A youthful United States team didn't appear all that green while winning its Olympic opener. That victory also might have calmed any remaining jitters the Americans had.

A strong performance Thursday over a club lacking recent Olympic experience, Norway, could give the United States even more confidence.

The Americans struggled to an eighth-place finish in the 2006 Turin Games despite a team that included accomplished NHL veterans Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Bill Guerin and Doug Weight.

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