Czech Republic 5 (SO)
* During USA’s Saturday victory, Slovakian sniper Martin Reway potted two goals, which has him in a tie for third in tournament scoring with six points through three games.
* Sweden’s off to a great start in their home country, thanks in no small part to Alexander Wennberg. He had a goal and two assists in Sweden’s 4-2 win over Finland Saturday, and matched those numbers Sunday in a 10-0 romp. He leads the tournament with seven points in three games, a number only matched by teammate Filip Forsberg.
* The Czech Republic took down Canada Saturday, and managed to do it on four regulation goals on which one total assist was registered. Sam Reinhart and Jonathan Drouin both tallied one and one for two in the loss.
* The Russians won their Saturday contest versus Switzerland 7-1, thanks in no small part to Andrei Vasilevski’s 25 saves on 26 shots.
* In the American’s 8-0 rout of Germany Sunday, Vince Hinostroza registered two and two for four, which is, y’know, pretty deec.
Where Things Stand
The Canadian play Slovakia this morning – a win there helps them grab a top-two seed in their division, which means they avoid Russia and Sweden, which means they’re likely going to make the semifinals. That’s about all you can hope for coming out of the round robin.
I’m a little confused by the conversation heading into today’s Canada/Slovakia game when it comes to Connor McDavid. Apparently he wasn’t pleased with his own play after the weekend, and TSN made some references to him being stapled to the bench a bit more in the next game. My thinking is…isn’t that the opposite of logical?
If you’re going to use this kid as a tool, then you have to use him as an offensive threat. There’s no point in taking a talent like McDavid and asking him to play dump and chase safe hockey. Your best chance of getting him going is using the hell out of him against a comparably bad team like Slovakia, playing him with studs, and letting him feel the puck and create some chances. Maybe he gets a couple, maybe that gets his mojo going.
I’d say right now’s the worst time to back off his usage. If you aren’t gonna play him much in a round robin game against Slovakia, you’re basically saying he’s going to be useless in games that really matter.
We’re back into the swing of things full-on over here after the holidays. Check back later for more on Team Canada’s game vs. Slovakia, Russia/Finland and more. Things are about to get interesting.