Five things: The buildup to World Juniors

Ryan Lambert
December 20 2012 02:09PM

1. Interesting about this European disquiet

The thing we always heard about guys going over to Europe during the lockout is that while they wouldn't exactly be able to make the kind of living they were used to in the NHL, they could do well enough, and play hockey at a high level.

And that may very well be true.

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What's Happening to the Heat?

Kent Wilson
December 20 2012 11:34AM

When I previously wrote about the Abbotsford Heat's uncanny success through the early going, the team had suffered just one regulation loss through it's first 10 games and was a league leader in just about every category. Much of that success carried through the month of November, which is why they remain on top of the Western Conference standings with 36 points.

Unfortunately, the Heat have hit the inevitable wall in December, having managed just two wins in their last eight contests and just nine goals over that span. So what happened?

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WJC Gameday: Canada vs. Finland (Pre-Competition)

Ryan Pike
December 20 2012 09:07AM

The 2013 edition of the IIHF World Junior Championships doesn't get officially going until Boxing Day, but things kick off on the exhibition calendar this morning as Canada faces Finland. The game airs on TSN beginning at 9:30am ET (6:30am PT), live from Vantaa, Finland.

The game is the first chance to evaluate the final roster for Canada and for Finnish fans to prepare for a couple cuts that need to be made before the tournament begins.

Here are the lines for each club, courtesy of TSN's Mark Masters (@markhmasters).

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The KHL's Back! And Malkin Nets a Hatty

Steve Dangle
December 19 2012 10:44PM


The KHL has returned from its December break, and Evgeni Malkin opened things up with a bang!

We have five games for you right now, and we'll be working on more of the games from December 19th tomorrow, as well as the pair from Thursday the 20th.


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Stirring the Pot - Looking at the relative success of the Heat and Barons

Kent Wilson
December 19 2012 03:15PM


Keeping the Dream Rivalry Alive

The Abbotsford Heat sit atop their AHL conference while the Barons are struggling to stay in the playoff picture

In Calgary this is greeted with great joy, dancing in the streets, and various acts of nefarious merriment with barnyard animals*. In Edmonton, well, that isn’t really our thing.

*This may or may not be true.

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