CANADA vs NORWAY
Jyske Bank Boxen- Herning, Denmark
TV and Radio: TSN
After a couple days off, and a boost to the blue line the Canadian team is back in action today taking on Norway. The addition of Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the back end is going to help tighten up an already decent defence core and give the goaltending a bit more of a chance to succeed as they head towards the medal rounds.
Canada’s last game was on Monday, where they got a big performance from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins en route to a 7-1 victory over the host Danes. Nugent-Hopkins scored twice, and they also got goals from Josh Bailey, Aaron Ekblad, Jordan Eberle, Ryan O’Reilly and Tyson Jost, in addition to a 3 assist outing from Connor McDavid. Curtis McElhinney was solid again in net for Canada, only losing what could have been a 2nd straight shutout when a Jesper Jensen Aabo shot deflected off a Canadian player midway through the 3rd period.
The goal today is to keep doing what they’re doing. Play their game, use the PP chances to work on getting some cohesiveness with the special teams units and continue to rack up numbers in the GF column. At this point you want to keep rolling with McElhinney I would think, as he’s shown a much steadier presence in his 2 games than we saw from Darcy Kuemper in the opener against the Americans. By the way, the Danes rebounded from the loss to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far, a 3-2 win over Finland.