TCGD: Here Come The Germans

Canada cruised by Slovakia with an 8-0 win yesterday and will look to keep the good times rolling against a vulnerable German squad tonight.

TEAM CANADA

Coming off a dominant 7-0 win against the Slovaks, there’s not much to say about Canada’s roster heading into this game.  Expect them to stick with the same lines as yesterday and continue to build themselves up ahead of games against Finland and the United States as well as the elimination round.  Canada’s expected lines are:

Max Domi-Sam Reinhart-Anthony Duclair

Nick Ritchie-Connor MacDavid-Curtiz Lazar

Nick Paul-Nick Petan-Robby Fabbri

Lawson Crouse-Frederik Gauthier-Jake Virtanen

Brayden Point

Darnell Nurse-Shea Theodore

Josh Morrissey-Madison Bowey

Samuel Morin-Joe Hicketts

Dillon Heatherington

TEAM GERMANY

The most notable German junior isn’t even on the team.  Top Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl has struggled in his rookie NHL season this year with just 7 points in 34 games.  The decision by Edmonton not to loan Draisaitl to Germany for the World Juniors was met with controversy, and despite not being on the team, there are lots of rumors circling around that Draisaitl could be sent back to the Western Hockey League in the next couple of weeks.

Draisaitl aside, there isn’t much to write about when it comes to this German team.  They’re coming off a tournament last year where they narrowly avoided relegation, finishing 9th out of 10 teams and posting a 1-0-0-3 record with a -17 goal differential in 4 preliminary round games.  Germany is also the only team in this year’s tournament that doesn’t have any NHL-drafted players.

It’s not all bad, though.  Defenseman Janik Moser was Germany’s player of the game when the Germans faced Canada last year, and is the first Ohio State Buckeye to play in the World Juniors since 2008.  Another German blueliner, David Trinkberger, is considered a good two-way defenseman that could be a late-round NHL draft pick this summer.  And forward Markus Eisenschmid was the 57th-ranked European skater by Central Scouting last year and could be drafted this summer, too.  With 18 points in 16 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers, he’s Germany’s only player currently in the CHL.  8 of Germany’s players play in North America.

STARTING GOALTENDERS

There hasn’t been any official confirmation on which goalies will start for either team yet today, but a safe assumption might be Eric Comrie for Canada since Canada is playing their second game in as many nights and Kevin Reich for Germany, who has a .933 save percentage for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers thus far this season.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Canada had no goals from their second line or their defense last night.  Both looked good, but they’ll look to get on the board against a meager German team.
  • Will Germany have a more favourable score against Canada than Slovakia did?  I’d argue Slovakia has a better roster than Germany, but the Germans only lost to Canada 7-2 in last year’s prelim match-up.
  • He didn’t have to do a lot yesterday, but Zachary Fucale stopped all 12 shots he faced.  Eric Comrie will want to put in a similar performance to keep himself in the running for Canada’s #1 goalie spot moving forward.
  • Armchair_Gm

    No way virtanen stays on that line, looked like one of our best forwards last night. Can see him playing with mcdavid at some point.

    Loved Nick pauls game, what a shame Dallas had to give him up in the spezza trade

  • Armchair_Gm

    Great first game for the young Canadians. The pace in the game was exciting and I still cannot believe that the Oilers passed up on Facale. My Gawd, what a miss.

    I just hope that the whole team shows well and that they make it tot he final round.
    “Go Canada Go!”

  • Armchair_Gm

    Tired of hearing about the Oilers. Not only are they an embarrassment to the league, the tomfoolery that has been happening up there is enough to make me sick. 1 win in 20 games with how many first overalls? They shouldn’t even be in the NHL. They are literally ruining players and taking the fun out of the game the same way Bettman has. I want to read about Team Canada, not about how the Coilers are going to draft McDavid.

    10-0 Canada over Germany, and I expect the Calgary/Edmonton game to have a similar score in favor of the Flames.

  • sportsjunkie007

    It should be a boring hockey day on TV. Start by watching Team Canada walk all over the Germans, then change channels, watch Oilers step on pucks and redirect shots into their own net.

    It will be like watching five hours of Keystone Cops.

  • Why should Leon be sparred from joining the other first rounders we have that have absolutely lost all their skill and confidence ? This is the Oilers development model………we develop them to fail!

    I would have respected the Oilers more if they would have let LD go to the world juniors……..exactly what the reasoning is behind this move should be scrutinized by all.

    I for one think that the entire Oilers management group lives in a vacuum!

  • First the article can’t get the score on the game correct

    Next I will watch the Holiday Bowl not a non event like Germany – Canada!

    How would it help Draisaitl to play for Germany? Who will pass the puck to?

    Draisaitl is an 18 year old kid and you all use names like ‘Kraut’ to discribe him?

    This why I find Edmonton fans disgusting..” you all get what you deserve!