Monday, September 5, 2016
World Cup of Hockey preview: Team USA needs a lot to go right
Roster of the World Cup, to have justified the players of top name, still the first order of business for the Americans at the training camp in Columbus, is that they have to figure out what really is who.
"I think it is possible to establish the identity becomes important," Jim Johansson, executive director of USA Hockey assistant of hockey operations, said. "I (coach John Tortorella is) we are, the kind of team and we would like to leave a strong impression in the (pre-tournament) game about the type of game that you are trying to play."
US general manager Dean Lombardi and his staff, and some of the spots go to the grittier performer, on the basis of how to build a roster, it is assumed that the intention of the Americans is that it is difficult to play against It is safe. April on the way to the Stanley Cup, May and in June La Pittsburgh Penguins - there is a focus on high pressure and play the pack tempo.
Penguin "The speed has attracted more attention for its contribution to the end of the attack, it was a pen," most of the created problems that pack pace as pursuers for the opponent. Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks, the rapid penguins because there was always with them, could not get their aggressive attack to move the way they had hoped.
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When the Penguin coach Mike Sullivan think that spent a lot of years to work as a second-in-command of Tortorella, it is to believe that they have some of the similar idea of how to win the player of the NHL it is not a big leap. Team USA of Tortorella will start the camp of September 5.
Americans are seen as underdogs in this tournament. oddsmaker Bovada of Las Vegas, the fourth Canada (October 11, 2008), Russia (9/2), put them in the back of Sweden (5/1), with the Americans in the 13/2 favorite to win you have.
Here September 17 starts, is the appearance of the tournament in the capsule will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto:
Favorites: I won Canada, the last two Olympic Games and the last three of four out,. Canadian Top 9 transfer Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Tairasegan, Steven Stamkos, Mr. Patrice Bergeron, Claude Giroux, is Logan Couture and Joe Thornton. How they especially with sufficient health carry price to play on the net, can not I be like?
However, beware of Sweden. Their defense is Eric Carlson, Oliver Ekman Larsson and Victor Hedman has led. They are also, those of the main factors making, has a Henrik Lundqvist in net.
How the Americans can win: American, Jonathan Quick, boasts Cory Schneider and Ben Bishop, is strong to the net. Quick probably get the first shot. He is at the top of his game, and Compliance puter, Dustin Byfuglien, defense included John Carlson and Ryan McDonough, if tight, they have a fair chance of making the final of the best of -3 you have. They are Americans when it reaches the Olympic final is in a similar situation in 2010. They have to work, everyone needs, and they were sometimes difficult to play against. They are not strong ones, as in the central portion as Canadian and other teams. Their wing must be exceptional.
David to the Goliath of Canada: North America 23 and under team is full of young talent. Although combined team of the concept was has been called a gimmick by critics, most of the fans, if they met in the semifinals Connor McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau, team with Dylan Larkin, Jack Eichel and Aaron Ekblad Canada I'd like to see what would fare against. Does this team when performing well in this tournament, you think about the importance of the experience?
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Scary team 1: Russian, Alex ove chicken, Vladimir cod obturator, Paberudachuku, in the Nikita Kucherov and Evgeni Malkin, is a threat to five goals every game to score. However, their defense led by Andrei Markov does not measure up to their sins.
Scary team 2: Anze Kopitar, such as to lead the defense, Marian attack and Matt Zuccarello, and transferred, for example, to the Roman Josi and Zdeno Chára, team Europe can not be understated. This team, Sweden, consists of Finland, the Czech Republic, from the Europeans that have not been played in Russia. In other words, this team in order to enhance the competitiveness, in particular Slovakia, from Switzerland, has left a lot of talent. Frederick Andersen suffered upper body injury in the Olympic qualifiers, or Jaroslav Halak If there is hot to the net, anything is possible.
Injury / Replacement image: USA: Ryan Callahan is out, and Kyle Palmieri will replace him. Canada: Jamie Ben, Jeff Carter and and has come out Duncan Keith Logan Couture, Corey Perry and Jay Bouwmeester has been. Of North America 23 - following: Sean Monaghan, it has been replaced by Vincent Trocheck. Czech Republic: David Krejci, Tomas Hertl and Radko Gudas withdrew, they have been replaced by the Roman Cervenka, Michal Birner and Thomas Kundranek. Sweden: Niklas Kronwall Henrik Zetta over Berg, and Alexander Steen and Robin Lehner has been pulled out Hampus Lindholm, Michael Backlund, Rickard Rakell and Jhonas Enroth, replace them.
The suspension, hold: the former Los Angeles Kings defense Slava Voynov is, because he is still in indefinitely stop from the NHL, it is not eligible to play. He was interrupted after being charged with domestic violence. He is, to misdemeanor domestic violence, meets the sentence of 90 days that do not appeal the no- contest, went back to Russia.