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World Juniors GDT: Russia vs. Canada, 12.31.12


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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

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December 31, 2012
9:00 AM Eastern
Ufa Arena, Ufa, Russia

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Absent a formal gave preview, I’m including with the team rosters the NHL.com preview written for each team.

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Coach: Mikhail Varnakov

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
27Kirill DyakovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
28Yaroslav DyblenkoDefense2013 Draft Eligible
25Mikhail GrigorenkoForwardBuffalo Sabres
21Kirill KapustinForward2013 Draft Eligible
19Alexander KhokhlachevForwardBoston Bruins
29Pavel KoledovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
18Yaroslav KosovForwardFlorida Panthers
16Nikita KucherovForwardTampa Bay Lightning
20Andrei MakarovGoalieBuffalo Sabres
22Andrei MironovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
11Yevgeni MozerForward2013 Draft Eligible
9Nikita NesterovDefenseTampa Bay Lightning
15Valeri NichushkinForward2013 Draft Eligible
7Artyom SergeyevDefense Tampa Bay Lightning
8Maxim ShalunovForwardChicago Blackhawks
12Andrei SigaryovForward2013 Draft Eligible
17Anton SlepyshevForward2013 Draft Eligible
14Vladimir TkachyovForward2013 Draft Eligible
1Igor UstinskiGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
30Andrei VasilevskiGoalieTampa Bay Lightning
10Nail YakupovForwardEdmonton Oilers
5Albert YarullinDefense2013 Draft Eligible
26Danil ZharkovForwardEdmonton Oilers


Last year: After an emotional victory over Canada in the semifinals of the medal round, Russia dropped that 1-0 decision to Sweden in the final. The Russians rallied for three straight medal-round victories against Finland, Sweden and Canada but couldn't solve Swedish goalie Johan Gustafsson, who stopped all 17 shots in his direction in the final. Russia finished second in Group A with three victories and a 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden, outscoring its foes, 23-5.

2013 NHL Draft watch: A number of top prospects will be featured, including forward Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound right wing, is rated No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Russian draft-eligible skaters.

"[Nichushkin] is a big, strong two-way winger," Central Scouting Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "He's tough to stop when driving to the net from either wing -- a defenseman's nightmare in one-on-one situations when at top speed. He handles the puck well in traffic, makes good decisions in those situations. [He] has a high overall skill level and moves well for a big guy, smooth hands, good playmaker."

Schedule: Dec. 26, Slovakia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, United States, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 29, Germany, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, Canada, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).

Outlook: Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov has a strong supporting cast around him with Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo Sabres), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Alexander Khokhlachev (Boston Bruins). Offensive-defenseman Nikita Nesterov and goalie Andrei Vasilevski, highly regarded prospects of the Lightning, should play vital roles for the host country. Russia also has goalie Andrei Makarov (Buffalo Sabres) returning between the pipes. The star-studded lineup on home ice makes Russia the odds-on favorite to finish first in Group B.

"Russia is always strong and this year's team is as strong as the gold medal-winning group two years ago," Stubb said. "The goaltending is better now."


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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


Last year: Canada opened the scoring in every game of preliminary-round play en route to earning the top seed in Group B. In four victories, it outscored the opposition, 26-5, but was defeated by Russia in its first game of the medal round, 6-5. Canada earned the bronze medal by defeating Finland.

2013 NHL Draft watch: There are three draft-eligible players on the roster, which is a first for the Canadian National Junior Team. Linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League are first-year eligible, and J.C. Lipon of the Kamloops Blazers in the Western Hockey League is in his final year of eligibility after being passed over in the past two drafts. MacKinnon and Drouin are rated No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among skaters in the QMJHL on Central Scouting's preliminary league list.

Schedule: Dec. 26, Germany, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, Slovakia, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 30, United States, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, Russia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).

Outlook: The NHL work stoppage has enabled Canada to stockpile some exceptional assets. Take, for instance, the addition of Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who will serve as captain. In addition to the 2012 Calder Trophy runner-up, there's Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), Ryan Strome (New York Islanders), Dougie Hamilton (Boston Bruins) and Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh Penguins). Forward Mark McNeill (Chicago Blackhawks) was a late addition when Charles Hudon (Montreal Canadiens) suffered an injury. Unlike last year's team, the Canadians are solid up the middle, but as has been the case in recent tournaments, goaltending -- Jordan Binnington (St. Louis Blues); Jake Paterson (Detroit Red Wings); Malcolm Subban (Boston Bruins) -- will make or break the team. Look for Canada to finish third in Group B.


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

Anybody else watching this? Very decent hockey. Good discipline on both sides. I just don't think the Russians are fighting as hard for the bye as they would for the medal. Fatigue could play against them but, with all due respect to the Swiss, the Russians could establish some much needed momentum with a lopsided win going into the medal rounds.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

Canada beats Russia 4-1.
Best game by the Canadians so far. Both teams played with some jump, but scoring twice on the major penalty set the tone, and allowed the Canadians to play a hard forecheck and tight defensive game.
Boone Jenner's return to the lineup made a big difference to the chemistry of all the forward lines, and the 17 year old Drouin's promotion to the top line with RNH and Schiefle paid off.
Wotherspoon was hit from behind by Nichushkin, resulting in a 5 and game. Originally called a 2 minute crosscheck, it was changed to a major upon review. That was the right call, and look for a 1 game suspension for Nichushkin. Hamilton scored with a bomb from the point and Schiefle showed good hands, tucking in a rebound to make it 2-0. Both goals came on the major.
Kucherov made it 2-1 late in the first, but that was the closest the Russian could get.
Nail Yakupov was basically invisible.
Canada earns the bye into the semi's with Russia playing the Swiss.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

It was a fairly dominant performance for Canada. Russia just couldn't get much sustained pressure in the Canadian zone. I think I counted three times where the Russians controlled the puck in the Canada zone for more than 20 seconds during the whole game, including the powerplay. Their goal was about the only mistake Canada made all game and Subban is just getting better. I think the Russians will have more game for them next time, if they meet up again, but it seems the Russian bench could be part of the problem. Mass confusion with line changes and who they wanted on the ice in the last couple minutes of the game made the coaches look pretty silly.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

So far so good for the boys!
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Canada struck for two goals on a major penalty in the first, added another in the second, and finished with an empty netter in the third to beat Russia 4-1 and claim the semi-final bye from Group B.

It was a great team effort by the Canadians, and although anyone could have been awarded the black hero's cape this evening, coach Steve Spott elected to give it to Boone Jenner, playing his first game of the tournament after serving a three-game suspension incurred during an exhibiton game.

Jenner played a great two-way game and was a star penalty killer, notably in the second period. Four players scored for Canada, and captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the leading scorer, picked up three assists.

Russia will now play in the quarter-finals on January 2 against Switzerland while Canada will play the next day against the winner of the United States-Czech Republic game.

"It was a fun game with a lot of emotion and passion," said Canadian defenceman Scott Harrington. "We're pretty happy how it turned out. Right from our first line to goalie, we got the job done."


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:48 PM

Are we in a position for a nice tidy playoff tree yet?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

I can provide something similar in a separate thread, yeah.
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

Yakupov was non-existent in the U.S. game too, I wonder if he's a bit injured or something.
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