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World Juniors GDT: Canada vs. United States, 12.30.12


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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

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December 30, 2012
4:30 AM Eastern
Ufa Arena, Ufa, Russia

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The players and coaches of the U.S. National Junior Team know the perfect tonic for overcoming a heartbreaking loss to Russia: a victory over archrival Canada.

The United States will get that chance Sunday when the hockey powers collide in their third game of Group B action in Ufa, Russia. A victory would certainly go a long way for the third-place Americans, who trail Russia by two points and Canada by three in the standings. A victory would catapult the United States into a tie with the Canadians while a loss would officially end any hope at earning a first-round bye in the medal round.

"They're a dangerous team, so one of the biggest things is we don't want to give them too much space," U.S. forward J.T. Miller told NHL.com of Canada. "Like any other team in this tournament, they have a bunch of big names, but other than that, we're not too worried about it."

The United States has posted a 5-1-3-26-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record against Canada in 38 meetings in the WJC. Canada has won eight of the past nine meetings, including a 3-2 preliminary-round matchup at last year's tournament. The U.S. team last celebrated a victory over Canada on Jan. 5, 2010 -- a 6-5 overtime decision in the gold medal game.

Both teams should be well-rested because each has a day off before facing off at Ufa Arena on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).

"The day off will be put to good use," U.S. coach Phil Housley told NHL.com. "We played a good opponent in Russia [on Friday], and now we'll regroup. It won't take too much for the guys to get up for Canada. They're a good hockey club with good forwards, a solid defense and good goaltending … much like Russia. We'll have our hands full, but hopefully we'll give the same effort, and then some, as we did against Russia."

The United States, which holds a plus-7 goal differential in two games, has been led in scoring by Montreal Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk, who has three assists and four points in two games. Defenseman Jacob Trouba is the only U.S. player with two goals.

Topping Canada in scoring is Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has two goals and seven points. Ryan Strome and Mark Scheifele are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece. The Canadians have outscored their opponents 15-6, beating Germany 9-3 and Slovakia 6-3.

"We'll watch [the U.S. team] through video, we'll see exactly what we're up against, but we know they have a big, strong physical team," Canada coach Steve Spott said. "I think it'll be a physical game with speed and grit. I think it'll be a good North American hockey game and we're excited about that."

Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban is the expected starter between the pipes for Canada. In the victories over Germany and Slovakia, Subban sports a 3.00 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. The United States will counter with Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson, who is 1-1 with a 1.21 GAA and .959 save percentage, including Friday's 2-1 loss to Russia.

"There's been great tradition in both countries on an international level, especially in facing each other," Housley told NHL.com. "It's a big rivalry and a lot of guys play against each other during the season with their minor league teams. It makes for an exciting game. I know when I played against Canada as a player, it was something special. You look forward to that and guys will be ready to go when the puck drops."

Canada will have just 11 forwards available against the U.S., as both J.C. Lipon and Boone Jenner will be serving suspensions. Sunday is the final game of Jenner's three-game suspension for a hit in a pre-tournament game against Sweden. Lipon was handed a one-game suspension for a high hit on Slovakia's Tomas Mikus on Friday.


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Coach: Steve Spott

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
31Jordan BinningtonGoalieSt. Louis Blues
15Anthony CamaraForwardBoston Bruins
21Phillip DanaultForwardChicago Blackhawks
27Dougie HamiltonDefenseBoston Bruins
6Scott HarringtonDefensePittsburgh Penguins
11Jonathan HuberdeauForwardFlorida Panthers
22Boone JennerForwardColumbus Blue Jackets
17J.C. LiponForward2013 Draft Eligible
23Nathan MacKinnonForward2013 Draft Eligible
24Mark McNeillForwardChicago Blackhawks
14Ryan MurphyDefenseCarolina Hurricanes
9Ryan Nugent-HopkinsForwardEdmonton Oilers
16Xavier OuelettDefense Detroit Red Wings
1Jake PatersonGoalieDetroit Red Wings
8Ty RattieForwardSt. Louis Blues
28Griffin ReinhartDefenseNew York Islanders
4Morgan RiellyDefenseToronto Maple Leafs
20Brett RitchieForwardDallas Stars
19Mark ScheifeleForwardWinnipeg Jets
30Malcolm SubbanGoalieBoston Bruins
18Ryan StromeForwardNew York Islanders
26Tyler WotherspoonDefenseCalgary Flames


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Coach: Phil Housley

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
16Riley BarberForwardWashington Capitals
18Cole BardreauForwardFree Agent
22Tyler BiggsForwardToronto Maple Leafs
15Alex GalchenyukForwardMontreal Canadiens
13John GaudreauForwardCalgary Flames
35John GibsonGoalieAnaheim Ducks
30Jon GilliesGoalieCalgary Flames
14Shayne GostisbehereDefensePhiladelphia Flyers
23Rocco GrimaldiForwardFlorida Panthers
21Ryan HartmanForward2013 Draft Eligible
3Seth JonesDefense2013 Draft Eligible
7Sean KuralyForwardSan Jose Sharks
12Mario LuciaForwardMinnesota Wild
19Jake McCabeDefenseBuffalo Sabres
10J.T. MillerForwardNew York Rangers
5Connor MurphyDefensePhoenix Coyotes
20Blake PietilaForwardNew Jersey Devils
6Mike ReillyDefenseColumbus Blue Jackets
29Garrett SparksGoalieToronto Maple Leafs
25Vince TrocheckForwardFlorida Panthers
8Jacob TroubaDefenseWinnipeg Jets
26Jim VeseyForwardNashville Predators


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#2 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Now play nice, everybody.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:21 AM

God I hate the time zone deference on this shit.

Go Canada!!!
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:34 AM

Yeah I'm gonna have to DVR this, but will watch it when I wake up tomorrow! The U.S. needs this one more than Canada after losing to Russia, I hope they play like it.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:42 AM

Go Canada Go! :D
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

In the latest battle of the North American hockey rivalry, Canada defeated the U.S. 2-1 at Ufa Arena on Sunday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored for Canada.
Jacob Trouba replied for the Americans.

Nugent-Hopkins and Strome are 1-2 in team scoring as they vie for the tournament scoring title. But most importantly, they helped Canada get three points for the third straight time at the 2013 World Juniors.

"I think it was a big team effort for us tonight," said Nugent-Hopkins. "We played really solid for 60 minutes.

"Pucks are going in and it feels good and that’s what happening right now," said Strome.

Canada played without suspended forwards J-C Lipon and Boone Jenner. Both are eligible to return for the New Year’s Eve showdown against host Russia.

The game against the Russians will determine who gets first place in Group B and a bye to the semi-finals.

"It’s going to be a whole lot of fans booing us," said Ryan Murphy of facing Russia. "You don’t need anything to get pumped up for these games. It should be a given. We’ll be ready to go."

The Americans, who complete their round-robin slate against Slovakia on New Year's Eve, can finish no higher than third in the group.

"We had our chances," said American coach Phil Housley, whose team also lost 2-1 to Russia. "It’s one thing if you’re not getting the opportunities to score, but we are. We’ve just got to continue to stay the course. We’ve played two very good hockey teams and had a chance to tie it up in both games. We need to regroup for Slovakia."


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:04 PM

Subban played his best game yet, making some key saves early and late in the game when America was pressing to tie. Gibson played very well, too. For the American, Trouba was probably their best skater, while Hamilton was consistent for Canada.
Canada controlled much of the game, deserving the one gaol win.
Seth Jones said the Americans were the best team, but they've fallen short 2-1 now to both Canada and Russia.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Subban played his best game yet, making some key saves early and late in the game when America was pressing to tie. Gibson played very well, too. For the American, Trouba was probably their best skater, while Hamilton was consistent for Canada.
Canada controlled much of the game, deserving the one gaol win.
Seth Jones said the Americans were the best team, but they've fallen short 2-1 now to both Canada and Russia.

I disagree about Canada controlling much of the game, it felt like the Americans had the puck most of the time in the Canadian zone. The Canadians were more dangerous with it when they had it though and created more of those quick rush transitions. Subban was indeed impressive. It was a good game overall. Trouba has been pretty beastly so far.
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