Sunday, September 18, 2016
Blackhawks' Kane, Toews Set to Drop Puck at World Cup of Hockey
Ice Hockey World Championship will drop the puck on Saturday afternoon in Toronto, and Chicago Blackhawks big stars "will take the ice for their respective countries, as the tournament kicks off.
Patrick Kane and his fellow Team USA team will get things started at 2:30 pm Central, when they take on Goss and Team Europe in the tournament opener. In the nightcap at 7:00 pm, and Team Canada Toews will take the ice in their home country as they battle Michal Kempny and the Czech Republic.
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In the first game of the day, the US will be looking to get their tournament off to a good start against the European team full of veterans of stars from several countries on the continent. Kane is one of the most talented players on the team, and together with such stars as Joe Pavelski and Max Pacioretty, he hopes to create enough offense for the team to come out on top.
Ironically, the US head coach John Tortorella decided to scratch Baflin defender ahead of first-team games. Curious move deprives the United States of one of their most physical players on the blue line, and will cause Jack Johnson in the slot as a defender in the game, a move that is raising some eyebrows among those covering the tournament.
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In the nightcap, heavily favored Canadian team will take on the team of the Czech Republic, is not expected to do much in the tournament field. Loaded with talented players at each position, the Canadian team also Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in the registry, but it will take back the role of Carey Price when the games begin on Saturday evening.
In practice on Friday, Toews skated on the second line of the Canadian team, with Logan Couture and Corey Perry on the wings. With players like Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Stemkos on the team, Toews line "will not bear the burden of scoring, but there is a good chance that the captain of the Hawks get some very favorable games to find his touch through the tournament.
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On the Czech side, Kempny become a dynamite two-way threat in advance of tournament exhibitions squad and he will look to continue that in a very tough matchup. The Czech side is one of the biggest losers going into the tournament, but if Kempny can continue its strong play, and if players like Ondřej Chambers and Voracek can find their offensive groove, the team has the potential to cause some problems in the group games.
The remaining Blackhawks star "at the World Hockey Championship will be released on the ice on Sunday afternoon in Toronto, with Hjalmarsson, Panarin, and Marcus Kruger among the hawks, who will play in the second set of the tournament games at Air Canada Centre,
Source: "Blackhawks Kane, Toews Jersey Set to drop the puck on the ice hockey world championship | NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/kane-toews-set-to-drop-puck-on-world-cup- saturday-393832811.html # ixzz4KdZftAUk
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