'Slovakia is one of eight countries that will compete in a preliminary round, beginning Feb. 9, to determine the remaining two spots in the medal round. Most of the Slovakians have NHL games during those five days, so they can't compete in the preliminaries without leaving their employers in the lurch. Satan would miss three Sabres games between Feb. 9-12. That would be a big sacrifice for the Sabres, especially if they're fighting for their playoff lives.'
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