September 19 2016 12:07PM
In a short tournament like the World Cup of Hockey, stamina is a major X-factor. Your legs need to be moving during the game, and from game to game, and any hesitance will burn you. For team North America and Team Russia, they'll have their gas tanks put to the test tonight, as they each play their second game in as many days in hopes of grabbing some much-needed points in their group. Here's what's going down:
September 19 2016 12:00PM
After a pair of games against Winnipeg and Edmonton, the Calgary Flames polish off their Young Stars Classic schedule this afternoon when they meet the tournament-hosting Vancouver Canucks. One big storyline of the game could be the collision (in a pre-season tournament) of London Knights teammates: Matthew Tkachuk and Tyler Parsons are expected to dress for Calgary, while Olli Juolevi could be suiting up for Vancouver.
The puck drops at 4pm MT and you can catch the streaming action on Flames.com and the Flames YouTube channel.
September 19 2016 08:45AM
(Kevin Sousa / USA Today Sports)
When the World Cup of Hockey was announced immediately there were snickers and guffaws about Team North America, and doubts about their ability to hang with international hockey's big boys. When they had a few strong outings in the pre-tournament games against Europe, the doubters loudly expressed that their success was a mirage: caused by beating an inferior opponent in games that didn't matter.
When the "real" games begin, North America's in trouble, they said.
The Under-24 squad opened the round robin with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Finland, currently ranked 3rd in the hockey world by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
September 19 2016 08:00AM
The smoke has cleared and we know a little bit more about the Calgary Flames' 2016-17 cap situation than we knew a week ago. In short, it's not great, and there are two contributing reasons as to why: entry-level performance bonuses and the reported news that Shane O'Brien's June 30, 2014 buyout was an ordinary-course buyout (and not a compliance buyout) and thus counts against the cap.
Let's take a look at the specifics in turn.
September 18 2016 08:25PM
Great hand-eye coordination by Gaudreau. pic.twitter.com/jMdV9CpTK9— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 19, 2016
Despite not having an active National Hockey League contract with the Calgary Flames, Johnny Gaudreau is currently with Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.
Team North America followed the lead of Team Europe, thumping Finland in their opening match-up of the tournament. North America's second goal, scored by Gaudreau on a really neat tip-in play, needs to be seen to be really appreciated.