WCOH Game 2: North America vs Russia

Updated: January 11, 2018 at 1:43 am by Jeff Veillette


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.