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Canada heads into today’s matchup with Denmark in an unusual spot- winless after one game. it’s obviously not the end of the world, but the message is definitely clear- don’t blow this one.
Denmark, meanwhile, comes in 1-0, hot off a 2-1 win over Switzerland. Nothing super impressive, but it’s worth noting Switzerland put up three goals on Sweden and just a lone marker to the Danes.
Canada beat Denmark 8-0 in last year’s tournament.
Against a traditionally weaker opponent, these are the games where Canada needs to develop chemistry. The Strome-Marner pairing looked dangerous at times against the US (registering one goal), but a game like today could be the deciding factor as to ice time in the remaining games- so it’s imperative for an impressive game from anyone looking for more ice time.
Matt Barzal is the interesting one here- as he scored Canada’s opening goal in the tournament but was slotted in originally as the 13th forward, seeing most of his duties on the power play- but you’ll have to think his play in game one earned him a bit more of a chance to be the tournament’s top forward like our onw Tom Hunter predicted.
Brendan Perlini Brayden Point Jake Virtanen
John Quenneville Dylan Strome Mitchell Marner
Lawson Crouse Mitchell Stephens Travis Konecny
Rourke Chartier Anthony Beauvillier Julien Gauthier
Travis Sanheim Travis Dermott
Thomas Chabot Joe Hicketts
Haydn Fleury Brandon Hickey
Well, they have 20 skaters, but no big guns like last season in Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Some sweet names though.
Canada goes back to Mason McDonald, while Denmark will likely stick with Thomas Lillie. Puck drops at 1 pm.
Over-under 2.5 points from Mitch Marner today?