Team North America lost a heartbreaker to Russia in their previous game, completely outshooting and outchancing Ovechkin and pals in the final frame only to come up one goal short. The upstart young stars team has been full value so far this tournament, providing entertaining, high-octane hockey that puts their opponents on their heels.
The kids face a stiff test in Team Sweden today, however. The Swede’s roster is filled with NHL stars, both of the grizzled vet and young star variety. Sweden’s blueline is especially imposing, featuring Erik Karlsson, Hampus Lindholm, Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larrson and Anton Stralman.
Team North America started to look like a Cinderella story in the making after an impressive start to the tournament. Can they get past Sweden today or does the fairy tale end?
- This is the early game today, with puck drop at 3:00 pm (EST), 1:00pm (MST) or 12:00 pm PST.
- The game is available on SNET, ESPN2, TVA Sports and variety of streaming options.
- Be sure to check back with the Nations for updates, recaps and in-game highlights.
Team North America
Auston Matthews – Connor McDavid – Mark Scheifele
Jonathan Droiun – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Nathan MacKinnon
Johnny Gaudreau – Jack Eichel – Dylan Larkin
Vincent Trochek – Sean Couturier – Brandon Saad
Morgan Reilly – Colton Parayako
Shayne Gostisbehere – Seth Jones
Ryan Murray – Jacob Trouba
John Gibson is expected to start with Matt Murray backing him up.
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Loui Eriksson
Filip Forsberg – Niklas Backstrom – Patric Honqvist
Gabriel Landeskog – Patrick Berglund – Carl Soderberg
Jakob Silfverberg – Markus Kruger – Carl Hagelin
NIklas Hjalmarsson – Erik Karlsson
Hampus Lindholm – Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Victor Hedman – Anton Stralman
Henrik Lundqvist to likely start.
3 Things You Need To Know
Johnny Gaudreau was MAD at the end of the NA-Russia contest. The Flames sniper narrowly missed an opportunity to tie the game in the dying seconds, causing him to storm off the ice and into the dressing room. He’s small, but Gaudreau hates to lose and is likely to be motivated to put in a big performance today.
PE Bellemare currently has two points for the Swedish team, but there’s a chance you’ve never really heard of the 31-year old left winger. He played in the Swedish Elite League until 2013 for Skilleftea AIK before joining the Flyers in 2014.
Only Canada has scored more than Team NA through two games in the tournament so far (10 GF vs 7 GF). The youngster’s high octane offense meets the Swedes stingy defense. Through two games, Sweden has surrendered just a single goal against. What prevails – the unstoppable force or the immovable object?