Team Canada features two eyebrow-raising healthy scratches as they gear up for Thursday’s game against Norway, as P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene won’t suit up today. They’re expected to face Austria tomorrow, however, according to PHT’s Jason Brough.
Brough notes that it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup for Duchene and Subban on Friday.
Depending upon how you look at it, many will view this as a faulty decision while others will merely note that great players are often going to be out of the mix for a country with the deepest talent pool in the world.
Subban, 24, is the reigning Norris Trophy winner and seemed to be a polarizing choice for Canada. Duchene, 23, has enjoyed a fantastic season in helping the Colorado Avalanche enjoy surprising success.
PP point men at practice are Doughty and Weber on first unit, Keith and Sharp on second. Subban kneeling by boards watching.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.