Canada vs. Russia – 10am ET 7am PT on TSN 1/3/4
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The Quarter Finals start today in Copenhagen and it’s Canada taking on an old nemesis right out of the gate. The questions for this game are a) when is this team going to start playing like the roster suggests outside of a small handful of players, and b) is the goaltending going to let them down again?
Apart from Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Bo Horvat and Colton Parayko, much of this squad has been underperforming and that spells doom against this Russian team. One thing that needs to happen is Canada scoring first. With the exception of the shootout loss, Canada was perfect when getting the first goal of the game.
These teams met in the semis last year, and it was Canada emerging victorious on their way to the finals with a 4-2 win. They also defeated the Russians in their previous meeting, a 6-1 win in 2015’s gold medal final. It’s not going to end this way today though, as the Russians lead the tournament with 4 shutouts. Canada was 2nd with 3, which is a bit noticeable when you consider the goaltending issues the team has had. When they’ve been good, they’ve been great. When they weren’t? Hoo boy...
Canada’s been on a pretty good run at the Worlds. They lost their chance for the Gold threepeat in a 2-1 shootout loss to Sweden. The Russians have done well of late also, with medals in 4 straight tournaments. Either way, it’s the biggest challenge this team has faced to date. One note, Nikita Tryamkin is a healthy scratch for Russia, which is disappointing for Canucks fans who were hoping to get a chance to see the big lug play today. Thomas Chabot of Ottawa and Anthony Beauvillier of the Islanders are scratched for Canada today.