December 31 2014 08:13AM
Today is the round robin match that everyone has been waiting for. Team Canada vs. Team Our Parents Immigrated from Canada. As a child of the 80s it seems odd to consider the US as Canada's chief hockey rival, but I can no longer trap myself in 1987 and continue to believe that the Russians are the greatest test for Canada.
This game preview could take the high road and talk about how great the US National Team Development Program is, and how I wish that Hockey Canada had something resembling anything close to that. We could talk about how this game could be a gold medal preview and features the two undefeated teams from Group A and a victory has the high stakes of a much easier path to the medal round, though losing to the Swiss or the Czechs would be unlikely for either of these teams.
December 30 2014 11:45PM
I'm not sure there's any one formula for road success. The going theory in hockey lore, though, suggests you build an early lead, weather a storm and with the help of solid goaltending, leave the opposition's building victorious. Vancouver was able to check all these items off their list, en route to an impressive 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
I'll tell you how it all went down on the other side of the jump.
December 30 2014 02:36PM
After a disappointing showing against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Canucks are back in action against another tough division rival in the San Jose Sharks. Thanks to some poor play through the month of December, the lead that Vancouver built up on the rest of the Pacific division has almost completely evaporated - they now sit 2nd in the division only by virtue of having the fewest games played.
Read past the jump for a look at tonight's critical showdown against the San Jose Sharks.
December 29 2014 10:13PM
It would appear to be a one-sided victory when you look at the scoreboard, but Team Canada's 4-1 win over Team Finland was close, hard fought one. Finland, desperate to avoid dropping three straight games to open the tournament, kept the game close until late in the third period, but ultimately couldn't contain Canada's explosive offence.
December 29 2014 07:10PM
We've been down this path a couple of times this season, first with David Schlemko, and then later with Cory Conacher, but the Canucks are far from a perfect team, and when you're far from a perfect team, it's always worth exploring an intriguing name when they're placed on waivers, and doubly so if that player is still young. According to Bob McKenzie, the St. Louis Blues are the latest team to cast aside a potentially useful player, as they have waived 23-year old F Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.
Derek Roy (NSH) clears wiavers. STL puts Paajarvi in waivers. BUF also puts Matt Hackett on waivers.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 29, 2014
Should the Canucks put a claim on Paajarvi? Would he fit with the team? Find out after the jump.