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Columbus plays at the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV) with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history and one short of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (March 9-April 10, 1993).
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The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET). Fans in the United States can watch live on NHL.com and NHL Network; Canadian-based viewers can tune in on TSN.
It will be the fourth time in the history of the tournament the countries will play against each other in the final.
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from Jared Clinto of The Hockey News,
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr offered some hope ahead of the Centennial Classic this past Sunday for those hoping for the NHL to send players to the Olympics. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Fehr said he felt “more optimistic now” than he had at any point prior when it came to talks regarding Olympic participation.
However, that same day, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that no talks have happened with the IOC or IIHF regarding the Olympics, continuing by saying that “absent some compelling reason I'm not sure there's a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season.”
Even still, there was cause for at least a glimmer of hope, with the belief that Fehr’s optimism was more telling of the direction talks were going with regards to sending the players to PyeongChang come February 2018. But according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, at least one owner and one member of the NHL’s Board of Governors have “no idea” where Fehr’s optimism is coming from.
That’s not to say Olympic participation is entirely off the table, though. Dreger, appearing on NBC on Wednesday evening, elaborated on what it might take for the league to send players to South Korea for the tournament.
“Unless there is a game-changer that sways the owners, then that attitude is going to remain consistent; that the NHL will not be going to South Korea,” Dreger said, according to NBC Sports. “And by ‘game-changer’, we’re talking about something perhaps CBA related, which Don Fehr says is too complicated. It would take months to negotiate something like that. Or, a huge financial gain from the IOC or Olympic-related to persuade the NHL owners. And at this stage, that seems like a long shot.”
from USA Hockey,
THE SERIES VS. CANADA
The United States and Canada are meeting for the 45th time in IIHF World Junior Championship play. All-time, the U.S. is 8-1-3-29-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against Canada.
Last Saturday (Dec. 31), Team USA defeated Canada, 3-1, behind a three-point performance from Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) and 25 save effort by Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College). Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
TEAM USA IN GOLD MEDAL GAMES
Tonight marks the fifth gold medal-game appearance for the U.S. and the fourth time its opponent will be Canada. All-time, the U.S. holds a 3-1 record in gold medal games with its last appearance being in 2013 when Team USA claimed a 3-1 victory over Sweden for its third ever gold medal in the World Junior Championship.
In its three meetings versus Canada, the U.S. is 2-1. After falling to Canada, 2-0, in the 1997 gold medal-game, the U.S. topped Canada in thrilling fashion both in 2004 (4-3 W) and 2010 (6-5 OTW).
The game starts just after 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and numerous TSN channels.
Canada defeated Sweden 5-2 to earn a spot in the gold medal game against Team USA in the World Junior Championship.
The puck will drop just after 8:00pm ET and can be watched on the NHL Network or TSN.
Troy Terry scores in round 7 of the shootout to win it for the USA.
They will play the winner of Canada/Sweden (play later tonight) on Thursday night.
The NHL Network will have both games too.
from USA Hockey,
The U.S. National Junior Team faces Russia today in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship here in Montreal. The two teams met in the preliminary round (3-2, USA) and are meeting in the semifinals for the second consecutive year (2-1, RUS). Puck drop is set for 3:00 p.m. ET and will be televised in the U.S. live on NHL Network with updates also available on Twitter @USAHockey with the hashtags #USAWJC and #WorldJuniors.
The gold medal game will be tomorrow at 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and TSN.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Monday's crowd of 10,215 was shockingly disappointing, even to some of the Canadian players.
Keep in mind that the cavernous Bell Centre holds more than twice that many people.
“We were a bit surprised,” Strome said. “We thought it would be pretty much full like it was in Toronto for our games. But it seemed to fill in as the game went on. And they were loud. I mean, this is the best building in the NHL.
It will be interesting to see how many fans show up for the Canada-Sweden semifinal on Wednesday, but we do know this: There are much more worthy markets in this country more appreciative of the junior game than Montreal and Toronto.
Lower the prices; have at least one of the locations in a two-market setup have a smaller rink; and, most importantly, put it in communities that really care about the event.
more on Team Canada who will face Team Sweden tomorrow in a WJC semi-final game.
TORONTO – Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y./Kitchener Rangers) and Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
“We were fortunate to get the win,” said Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University), head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. "A tremendous credit to Switzerland for the heart and courage they showed here tonight. We weren't our best, we know that, but we found a way to make it through and we'll look to get back to our style of hockey here on Wednesday.”
Team USA (5-0-0-0) advances to the semifinals on Wednesday (Jan. 4) against Russia at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The game will be televised live on NHL Network and the official start time will be announced later tonight.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated his owners' current lack of interest in Olympic participation but his counterpart Donald Fehr painted a different picture of where things stand for the South Korea Games.
"I'm more optimistic now that I ever have been, at least as far as we're concerned, that we'll be able to reach an appropriate agreement with the IIHF to allow for the players to go," Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association, told assembled media before the Centennial Classic.
"So I assume there will be further discussions over the course of the next several weeks and I choose to be optimistic on this one. We'll see.'"
Asked why exactly he felt more optimistic now, Fehr didn't really have specific reasons.
"You get a sense of things as they go along, you get a sense of things and how they're likely to end up; doesn't mean you're always right, but you get a sense of things," said Fehr.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
The NHL is working on a plan to move forward with or without the 2018 Olympics.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday afternoon that the league has begun working with teams on two different scheduling scenarios, one that would see NHL players attend the Games in South Korea almost 14 months from now and one that would see them sit out for the first time since 1994.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had previously indicated the need for an Olympic decision by January, though no firm deadline was ever given. An alternative schedule accommodating the Olympics would seem to suggest a softening toward that time frame.
"We’re not the ones imposing any kind of deadline," Daly said. "We’ll see what the IOC and the IIHF’s timetable is; obviously I think the players have flexibility. We won’t be setting the deadline."
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