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The Morning After the Night Before: 15 September 2016

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When real hockey was just a game away, and the Canucks were not fancied by bookmakers...

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Last night saw the end of the World Cup of Hockey warm-up games. The next hockey game you see will likely be one of the tournament proper games - hooray! As we wait with baited breath for Saturday to arrive, let's look at what's happening around the league.

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- WCoH warm-ups saw Canada beat Russia 3-2, thanks to a Ryan Getzlaf OT goal. This team is ready. [Sportsnet]

- WCoH's most exciting news: Team Europe not only managed to win a game, but they won big! A 6-2 thrashing of Sweden, chasing Henrik Lundqvist from the game thanks to a hat-trick from Leon Draisaitl. Sweden has a goal from Daniel, naturally. [Sportsnet]

- WCoH final update: North America lost to Czech Republic 3-2 last night. Can we call that an upset? I think we can. Auston Matthews scored, but Connor McDavid failed to register a point across any of the three warm-up games. Hand him that Oilers captaincy guys, he can't handle the responsibility yet. [Sportsnet]

- Here is the most complete Vancouver Canucks fantasy overview I've read so far. Can't disagree with most of it. I still rate Jannik Hansen more than most. [Hockey Writers]

- LEAGUE BIAS ALERT: Today's NHL.com list is for bounce-back players. Ryan Miller makes the backup list, amazingly. But when is he bouncing back to, 2010? He's only had one season above .916 since then. [NHL]

- The odds are out. And it's not good. We are joint-last favorites to win the Cup this season. But then again, the Wild are only 18-1, so maybe we disregard this list. [The Score]

- If watching Brock Boeser tear up college hockey is your thing, take a butcher's at the CBS schedule. Plenty of Brock for you this season. [Hockey Writers]

- Ben Kuzma is on fire this week with his articles. Today he looks at Travis Green's summer. This will surely be his last season in the AHL. [Province]

- Is this the end of an era? This could well be the last time we see Jumbo Joe Thornton in a Team Canada jersey. [Salt Lake Tribune]

- Our SB Nation cousins, Habs Eyes on the Prize, have simulated the World Cup of Hockey. Read on, it's good news. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

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Question of the day: If the Canucks disappoint yet again this season, does Travis Green become head coach next season?