December 29 2011 01:49PM
Canada plays for the second night in a row, but it should have no bearing on the outcome of this game. The Canadians are rolling right now with 13 goals for and only 1 against, the penalty kill is at 100% and they are getting goals from everyone. In the last game, expectations were put on guys like Mark Scheifele and Ryan Strome; they delivered. Scheifele had two goals in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and it seems that one of Canada's biggest strengths when they assemble these teams every year, is that when they need someone to step up, they do.
It's always been a feather in the cap of Hockey Canada and the coaching staff, as to how quickly these teams come together with such limited preparation time.
December 28 2011 11:04AM
Canada started off the 2012 World Junior Championship with an impressive 8-1 win over Finland, and now draws the Czech Republic. Last night the Czech’s came off their own opening win, downing Denmark by a score of 7-0. The two teams meet for 29th time since 1977, with Canada holding the edge with a 14-6-8 record. While the Czechs showed some success against Canada in the early 90’s, they have not beaten Canada since 1993.
Nation World HQ
December 27 2011 10:12PM
If the Winnipeg Jets could ever play a perfect hockey game, they might have played it on Tuesday night in Denver.
The Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 as Evander Kane scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves to get the win.
But there was a lot more to it than that.
Good goaltending combined with smart neutral zone play, quality playmaking and shot selection will often get you a victory in the NHL. Tuesday night, however, the Jets added responsible play and good puck management in their own zone to that to-do list and suddenly the Jets might have played their best road game of the season. It was a nearly-perfect effort.
Nation World HQ
December 26 2011 03:03PM
As the end of December approaches and a truly frightening test grows larger on the horizon, real fans in Winnipeg would like nothing more than to have the their beloved Jets ignore the media noise.
Sure, a lot of the fans are a source of that noise, but those who would like to see the Jets emerge from a difficult January-February road show with at least a shot at making the playoffs, want nothing more (or less) than to have the Jets drown out last week's silly rationalizations for losing.
December 26 2011 02:29PM
(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)
What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.