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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A game between Canada and the U.S., one of the top rivalries in the sport. A clash pitting Connor McDavid against Jack Eichel, the sport’s top two blue chip prospects who are slated to go first and second in the NHL entry draft come June.
The setting: Montreal’s Bell Centre, arguably the premiere stage in the sport. And on New Year’s Eve, no less.
So, how can it possibly play out that there were about 3,000 empty seats for this game, a 5-3 Team Canada victory that produced all the thrills and spills you could possibly ask for in a hockey game?
Simple: price gouging.
added 10:48am, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The puck drops just after 4:00pm ET in this much anticipated game.
Both teams are assured of moving on to the quarter finals but it should be an enjoyable game to watch.
View the live stream below...
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
In Group A Canada, the United States, and Slovakia are already qualified. Canada and the U.S. will battle it out for first place while Slovakia finished the group in third place.
Finland and Germany will have a head-to-head battle for fourth place and the last berth in the quarter-finals for the Montreal-based teams. The loser will have to play in the best-of-three relegation series in Toronto against the bottom team of the other group.
Sweden is already the winner of Group B in Toronto and will play its quarter-final game at the same venue against Finland or Germany. Russia is also qualified for the quarter-finals, and its final position in the group will depend on the game against the Czech Republic. The Czechs (in the last game against Russia), Switzerland (in the last game against Sweden) and Denmark (which has played all of its games) will battle for the two remaining spots in the quarter-finals.
note- USA/Canada puck drops at 4:00pm ET today, KK will have the live stream up and running around that time.
added 9:11am, from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Fans and media will focus on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the two can’t-miss, hotshot NHL prospects who’ll go head-to-head with each other on New Year’s Eve when Canada plays the United States at the world junior hockey championships.
Scouts, however, will be looking elsewhere.
“There’s other guys (beside) Jack and Connor,” said a scouting director of an NHL team. “There are probably 20-plus guys at this tournament who will get drafted.
“It’s certainly worth it. You never know who can slip and slide up or down the draft. You better be in a position to make the right decision.”
This tournament is chock full of draft-eligible prospects, none of whom are particularly concerned that McDavid and Eichel are getting all the attention.
from Irene Thomaidis of the Toronto Sun,
With the world junior in full swing, the hype around Team Canada phenom Connor McDavid is hitting another peak.
And what bigger hype machine is there than Twitter to document the interest in the Newmarket native — or the tournament in general.
“The world junior is really a perfect storm in terms of driving conversation on Twitter,” Twitter Canada’s Christopher Doyle said. “It’s Team Canada’s best young hockey stars taking on the world, in front of a large national TV audience during the holidays.”
Slovakia is 1-1 so far while the USA is 2-0.
The game starts just after 4:00pm ET from the Bell Centre and can be watched below...
The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Germany lost their first preliminary game yesteday to Canada 4-0 while the USA defeated Finland 2-1 in a shootout on Friday.
Watch the game below...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- results are come from how you dress in hockey, a bad hit by Nail Yakupov and some WJC talk.
In a Preliminary Round Group A Game, Team Finland meets Team USA from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Puck drops just after 3:00pm ET.
Watch below and there may be IP restrictions.
via the NHL Network,
NHL Network will provide exclusive live and delayed broadcasts of 28 games from the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, including all medal-round games and twenty preliminary-round match-ups.
All Team USA games will feature the broadcast team of Steve Mears, NHL Live Powered by Constellation of co-host who will provide play-by-play, and game analyst Dan Bylsma, who served as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Dave Starman, in his 12th season as an NCAA hockey analyst, will serve as the rinkside reporter. Team USA games –including preliminary round matchups against Finland, Germany, Slovakia and Canada also will be available via live stream on NHL.com.
Fans should follow @NHLNetwork for all programming and live game updates.
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