5 fun things to look for from Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey

Sam Blazer
September 13 2016 11:59AM

Team USA is coming in with a plan for the World Cup of Hockey. 

It may not be a very good plan but it is, indeed, a plan. 

Coach John Tortorella doesn't care how his team wins as long as it happens. 

If you are a fan of Team USA, that has to give you a special tingle down your spine. Sure, he may take patriotism to an uncomfortable level... but by the same token it adds a level of stakes that shouldn't be associated with an exhibition tournament. 

The NHL has to absolutely love it.

As the tournament begins on Wednesday, I want to take a look at the five fun storylines to watch for from Team USA.

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The Flames in Japan

christian tiberi
September 13 2016 08:00AM

Here's some good news: hockey is upon us. Sure, it's the World Cup of Hockey preliminary games, but it's still some sort of hockey. If that doesn't satisfy you, rookie camp should be opening sometime in the next week and full camp will be the week after. In between those, you have the Young Stars tournament. And I guess the World Cup of Hockey. We have a choice between is meaningless hockey, and meaningless hockey we actually care about.

But that's still so far away! To fill the void in the meantime, let's blend both international hockey and Calgary Flames hockey and talk about the time they went to Japan to start the season.

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Analyzing the Daily Faceoff Draft Guide: Can Johnny Gaudreau hit 80 points this season?

Ryan Pike
September 12 2016 02:00PM

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Folks, National Hockey League clubs open their prospect camps later this week. Pretty soon it'll be time for main camps, the pre-season and, inevitably, the fantasy draft season. You know what I mean: that week where every time you said "Sure!" to a league invitation from somebody you know comes back to haunt you. If you're like me, you'll have a bunch of drafts in the same week.

Instead of panicking or giving up sleep to prepare for your draft, your pals at Daily Faceoff – who post updated lines, pairings and starting goaltenders for every day of the regular season – have prepared their annual Draft Guide to help you navigate your annual fantasy conundrums.

Among the various prognostications in the guide is a projection for Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau. Daily Faceoff's crack team projects Gaudreau for his second consecutive 30-goal season and 76 points overall, a slight dip from his 78 points in 2015-16. But given the changes in Calgary over this past summer, could Gaudreau crack 80 points in his third full NHL campaign?

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Setting expectations for the 2014 Flames draft class

Ryan Pike
September 12 2016 12:00PM

As we approach the onset of the 2016-17 Calgary Flames season, we're looking back at recent NHL Draft classes and making assessments, prognostications, and trying to set expectations for their coming seasons in a reasonable way. We've already gone through the remaining Flames prospects from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NHL Drafts.

Now, onto the 2014 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)

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5 fun things to look for from Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey

Ari Yanover
September 12 2016 11:08AM

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Hey, guess what - the World Cup is almost upon us! And by that, I mean the games that actually mean something in-tournament. Exhibition games for a preseason tournament is fun and all, but it makes for better competition when the results actually count, when winning a game actually means something beyond pride.

The tournament officially kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 17. The night game on Day 1 will feature Team Canada taking on Team Czech Republic. And hey, we here at the Nation Network cover mostly Canadian-based teams, so it stands to reason that a fair number of us are Canadian and will be rooting for the Canadian men's national team. So let's take a look at just what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the team representing our home and native land.

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