WCOH Game 2: North America vs Russia

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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:

Broadcast Info

  • Once again, the kids will get the primetime slot; puck drop is at 8:00 local time (EST), 7:00 CST, 6:00 MST, 5:00 PST.  
  • You can catch the action on Sportsnet, ESPN2, TVA Sports, or on your streaming service of choice.
  • You can follow along with the action across the various Nation Network social media platforms, and spin back here for the postgame recap shortly afterwards!

Lineup Notes

Team North America

Auston Matthews – Connor McDavid – Mark Scheifele

Jonathan Drouin – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Nathan MacKinnon

Johnny Gaudreau – Jack Eichel – Dylan Larkin

Vincent Trochek – Sean Couturier – Brandon Saad

Morgan Rielly – Aaron Ekblad

Shayne Gostisbehere – Colton Parayko

Ryan Murray – Seth Jones

Jonathan Gibson is expected to start in goal, with Matt Murray backing him up.

Team Russia

Nikita Kucherov – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Alexander Ovechkin

Vladimir Tarasenko – Evgeni Malkin – Pavel Datsyuk

Evgeni Dadonov – Vadim Shipachyov – Artemi Panarin

Vladislav Namestnikov – Artem Anisimov – Ivan Telegin

Dmitry Orlov – Nikita Zaitsev

Alexei Emelin – Andrei Markov

Dmitry Kulikov – Alexey Marchenko

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal, with Sergei Bobrovsky backing him up. Both lineups are subject to change.

3 Things You Need To Know

  • The North Americans recognize that Russia’s style of play is going to be a challenge for them. “The Russians are a bit of a different team,” said captain Connor McDavid to reporters after last night’s game. “They play a north-south game, and they’re so skilled, so it’s going to be a good test for us defensively”
  • Alexander Ovechkin is going to come out hard. He’s presumably still hungry after having a buzzer-beating equalizer waved off against Sweden yesterday, and he’s the one player on Russia’s roster who can skate at North America’s speed while being punishing on the forecheck. The kids will have to remain vigilant at all times when they’re on the ice.
  • Each team has the benefit of the unknown up their sleeve. North America’s first line dazzled last night led but Connor McDavid, of just 45 NHL games experience, and Auston Matthews, who hasn’t even made his debut. On the other side, the Russian third line of Dadonov, Shipachyov, and Panarin was a trio that made a mockery of the KHL two seasons ago for SKA St Petersburg and even with Panarin’s year away in Chicago, still have a boatload of chemistry.
  • MontanaMan

    Anyone else sick of this ongoing chirping about McDavid and Gaudreau or the Flames and Oilers when we should be talking about a very good hockey game with an excellent roster of young hockey players? Uneducated fans obsessed with one player or feel the need to chirp the opposing city in every thread, make this site unbearable. I used to enjoy this site.

    • 3 Little Birds

      Agreed!!

      On a non-chirppy note, that was an awesome game, shy of the result.

      NA will learn from their second period sheet soiling, and have a strong performance in game three.

      That was fun, looking forward to the Americans being eliminated tomorrow.

    • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

      Actually glad Johnny is playing well I was just sick of hearing how Calgary fans thought McDavid was useless and now you see why he is the captain of this team,and truly one of the best players in the world .

      • Arminius

        Food for thought..

        MacLellan finally put Johnny on with Conner at the end with the goalie pulled and they came so close to scoring including a post.

        I just think Conner was spooned the minutes by Mac and plum linemates. And still just 1 assist.

        Just wondering what Johnny (who also had an assist) could have done with an extra 3.40 of pp time and 5.40 in total. What am I saying? Connor is not generational

        • Tomas Oppolzer

          Holy crap dude. It was a single game in a meaningless tournament. This is the stuff that turns Train into the annoying person they are. McDavid is a supremely talented player. If you actually watch him, you’ll see that. He does stuff, game after game, that almost no one else in the world can do.

          • Arminius

            Conner is great of course. I just enjoy pointing out that Conner is NOT the golden boy people are expecting…and yes driving Train into a breakdown will also be fine.

        • The Last Of Barrett's Privateers

          Speaking as a Red Wings fan, you’re pretty bias about your team which obviously is the Flames, that’s not the worst thing, (Canucks) but it’s blinding you, or the hate for the Oilers is clouding your opinion of a certain player.

          If you cannot see that McDavid is a step above most men (he’s 19 and playing with and against grown men)then it’s going to be hard to have a debate or conversation with you.

          McDavid scored at a rate only Crosby did at his age in the NHL as a rookie, he had as good a PPG ratio as Kane a 27 year old man who has been playing in the NHL for 7 or 8 years now and the league’s best scorer.

          He is that good! He is a generational talent, elite super star, and the face of team Canada at the next Olympics.

          This is not s stretch, this is reality, the puck goes one way with McDavid and that’s to the other team’s zone.

          When the game is on the line and you need your team to gain momentum, you keep throwing the best player out there! That’s the game, that’s what coaches do.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        Nuge had better results from 5 minutes less ice time. As usual, Johnny was the guy that stirred the drink. He QB’d two goals. The new line of Gaudreau-Nuge-MacKinnon was probably the most effective.

        As much as we’d like to see Nation fans put down the pitchforks, it’s not going to happen when you try to make it sound like McDavid was the best player on the ice every game. When he actually dominates a game, then you will hear less dissent.

        He’s captain because his mates respect him and the coach can get to the players with his help, not because you think he is the best player.

  • smith

    Mcdavid will be an awesome player, but he has of yet not been the best player on team north america for a single game. The best transitional player at 5 on 5, sure. To bad he was always started in the o zone. 5 on 3 maybe putting out other players would have been more effective.

    RNH looked really good. Thought him Mackinnon, Gaudreau all played we would have tied it if they had been put out 5 on 3.