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Last season
13-03-2019, 03:34 AM
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DALLAS — www.officialcanadiensprostore.com , the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars squared off four times with each team winning twice.And on Friday night, these Central Division rivals will renew their rivalry with a game at American Airlines Center, the first of five meetings this season.The Wild (2-2-2, 6 points) are 0-2-0 on the road but Minnesota defeated Arizona 2-1 on Tuesday in the Twin Cities.Article continues below ...Minnesota has a minus-5 goal differential, but center Mikael Granlund sees an easy fix to that early trend.“We are spending too much time in our d-zone and just defending,” Granlund said after practice Thursday. “We got to be better with the puck.”Friday could mark the Wild debut for forward Matt Read, who was recalled from AHL Iowa on Wednesday. Read, 32, played 437 games for Philadelphia between 2011 and 2018 before signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild last July.It’s a homecoming for the veteran forward who played collegiately at Bemidji State in northwest Minnesota.Read skated on the Wild’s top line alongside Jason Zucker and Eric Staal during practice Thursday.“Obviously, they’re talented. They’re natural goal scorers,” Read said of Zucker and Staal. “They know how to put the puck in the net. It’s going to be a great opportunity to make sure I go out there and give them the puck as much as I can.”Dallas (3-3-0, 6 points) last played Tuesday, losing 3-0 at the New Jersey Devils, making the Stars 0-2-0 on a quick two-game road trip that also saw them lose 4-1 at Ottawa on Monday.First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery would rather return to the road to atone for those losses, but also sees the benefit of starting a three-game homestand on Friday.“I actually wish we were going back on the road so we could address the road mentality we want to develop,” Montgomery said after practice Friday. “We need to get better at our team identity. We’re really focusing on our play without the puck. We think we’ve made a mistake as a staff trying to get too dynamic offensively too quickly and it’s taken away our players’ aggressiveness. We’re thinking too much on the ice.”Montgomery said Ben Bishop will start in goal against the Wild. He also said forward Valeri Nichushkin (undisclosed) will not play Friday but that veteran defenseman Marc Methot, out Tuesday with general soreness and forward Alexander Radulov Montreal Canadiens T-Shirts Authentic , held out of practice earlier this week, will both play.This will be Dallas’ first look at the Wild, a foe Montgomery compares to a famous boxer.“They’re an extremely resilient team. They’re kind of like Muhammad Ali, they rope-a-dope you,” Montgomery said. “They give you a lot of possession time, they seem to be giving up shots, but they’re not giving up a lot of quality shots. You can tell they’re a veteran team. They’re really comfortable being behind 1-0, 2-1. They seem to come back, and they wear you down over time by rope-a-doping you.” The hockey world championships have been overshadowed by the Olympic tournament since the 1998 Nagano Games, the first to feature NHL players.Not this year.The NHL’s decision to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics had an impact. Amid tepid interest in South Korea, the games were often played in half-empty arenas. It will be a different story in Denmark.The organizers say ticket sales have reached their planned target of 300,000 even before the tournament opens in Copenhagen and Herning on Friday. And there’s no need to worry about a lack of stars. Although Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are busy with their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat, some of the sport’s biggest names will be on the ice in Denmark.Canada will be led by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid after his Edmonton Oilers didn’t make the playoffs, teammate Leon Draisaitl has joined Germany, and the United States will be captained by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.Here’s a look at the annual tournament that will be played in Denmark for the first time:—THE TOURNAMENTThe event has 16 nations playing in two groups of eight, with the top four in each group advancing to the playoffs.Olympic champion Russia, defending champion Sweden, the Czech Republic Montreal Canadiens Hoodies Authentic , Switzerland, Belarus, Slovakia, France and Austria are in Group A. Matches will be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.Canada, Finland, the United States, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Denmark and South Korea are in Group B. They will play at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.In Friday’s opening games, Canada will take on the United States while Russia faces France.The final is scheduled for May 20.—THE FAVORITESCaptained by McDavid, who just clinched his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 108 points, Canada is the team to beat at the worlds.McDavid and Wayne Gretzky are the only two players in NHL history to win the scoring race more than once at 22 years of age or younger.McDavid will be joined by veteran Buffalo forward Ryan O’Reilly. Both were on the team that won the world title in Russia two years ago.New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who is among the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s rookie of the year, was also named in the squad.”We have a mix of youth, experience and strong leadership qualities among these players as they have represented Canada on the international stage previously from the world juniors up to last year’s championship,” Canada co-general manager Sean Burke said. ”Their previous success and experience can only help us in our ultimate goal of bringing home a gold medal.”The Canadians, who will again be led by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters Montreal Canadiens Hats Authentic , won the title in 2015 and 2016 after finishing second last year.—RUSSIAN COACH SWAPIn a surprise move less than a month before the worlds, Oleg Znarok stepped down as coach of Russia’s hockey team after leading the country to the Olympic title – its first in 26 years.Playing as ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” because of the country’s punishment for doping, Znarok’s team beat Germany 4-3 in overtime in the final.Znarok became coach in March 2014, taking over a team that lost in the quarterfinals on home ice at the Sochi Olympics. The Russians went on to win the world championship gold that year.He was replaced by Ilya Vorobyov, one of his assistant coaches, but will still work with the team as a consultant.Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, who is in a tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, won’t be available. But Vorobyov can rely on a mixture of NHL-based players and the home talents from the Russia-based KHL, widely considered the strongest league outside the NHL.Florida Panthers right winger Evgenii Dadonov and SKA St. Petersburg veteran Pavel Datsyuk are among those to make sure Russia remains a contender for gold, even though a lack of the NHL-experienced defensemen and goaltenders could harm the team’s ambitions.—OTHERS TO WATCHThe United States hopes to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish and has a team strong enough to make it happen.Kane’s presence will no doubt improve the quality of play. He last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs, and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.Buffalo Sabres rookie and world junior MVP Casey Mittelstadt was prevented from playing by a groin injury, but some others will be there, including a trio who claimed bronze at the 2015 worlds in the Czech Republic. They include Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, New York Islanders forward Anders Lee and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy.
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