Team USA faces toughest opponent in Canada

Team USA Hockey

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Winning four consecutive games in the Winter Olympic hockey tournament will mean nothing if the Team USA hockey team loses Friday. A semifinal matchup against defending gold medal winning Canada awaits the red, white, and blue with a chance to play for gold on the line.

Team USA has skated four balanced lines to this point. The mix of size, speed, and physicality has helped the Americans win close games, as well as blow out inferior opponents. Canada will be the deepest team they face, even with the loss of John Tavares for the rest of the Olympics. Both teams have size and scoring depth for days, with Team USA outscoring Hockey Canada 20-13. [Read more…]

Patrick Sharp is a lock for Hockey Canada in Sochi

Patrick Sharp

The world has been kind to Patrick Sharp. In the last year, Sharp has surpassed the 200 career goal mark, won his second Stanley Cup championship, and became a father for the second time. His fortunate run may be aided by the bad luck of another in the coming months.

Steven Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lightning scoring machine, has been sidelined by a broken tibia. He underwent successful surgery and is expected to miss at least enough time to put his 2014 Winter Olympic spot on Hockey Canada in jeopardy. Patrick Sharp was not necessarily considered a lock coming into the NHL season. The Canadian hopeful list is long enough to wrap around Canada three times as the talent pool is easily the deepest of any team qualified for the round-robin hockey tournament. [Read more…]