This time, there’s something on the line. Tonight, Team Canada will have a chance to put Team Europe behind them and get a chance to win their second consecutive World Cup of Hockey. Granted, it’s been twelve years since the last one and only two players have returned for this tournament, but run with me here; we need something to get excited about.
Tonight’s game will kick off at 8:00 PM EST at the Air Canada Centre. That’s 6:00 PM in Alberta, 5:00 PM in Vancouver, and 7:00 PM in scenic Manitoba. For our east coasters, that’s 9:00 PM or 9:30 PM if you’re subjected to living in scenic Newfoundland. The game will be on ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA, you know the deal by now.
Brad Marchand – Sidney Crosby – Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares – Claude Giroux – Steven Stamkos
Logan Couture – Jonathan Toews – Corey Perry
Joe Thornton – Ryan O’Reilly – Matt Duchene
Marc-Eduard Vlasic – Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester – Drew Doughty
Alex Pietrangelo – Brent Burns
Tomas Tatar – Anze Kopitar – Marian Hossa
Nino Niederreiter – Frans Nielsen – Mats Zuccarello
Thomas Vanek – Leon Draisaitl – Tobias Reider
Mikkel Boedker – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Jannik Hansen
Zdeno Chara – Andrej Sekera
Roman Josi – Dennis Seidenberg
Christian Ehrhoff – Mark Streit
Four Things Worth Noting
- Team Canada will take a lot of perimeter shots followed by either the puck going in, a rebound, or Jaroslav Halak making a save. This will be the main component of their game, like it is every game. Barring that, a mistake by Team Europe will give them a two-on-one rush.
- The main narratives after tonight will be people saying that Canada won because Jonathan Toews is a winner, that Canada winning is finally the proof we need that Sidney Crosby is great, or that holy crap, Jay Bouwmeester was here last time too.
- Ralph Kreuger is probably either watching or preparing to Southhampton’s Europa League game against H. Be’er Sheva in his office as you read this preview.
- There are 146 tickets under $60 US on Stubhub for this game tonight. There are eight tickets under $60 US for the entire Leafs regular season at the Air Canada Centre this season, and they are all standing room. Toronto has completely and totally tuned out, the TV crowds are tuning out, and Team Canada appeared to tune out in Game 1 and still won without any issue. Let’s just get this show over with, already.