So it begins: Today’s two World Cup games


So it begins: with two games, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey kicks off on Saturday.

Let’s take a quick look at the two contests.

Team USA vs. Team Europe

Airing on: ESPN 2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET

With juggernaut Canada looming for America’s next game, they probably realize that they need to get off to a nice start with a win against Europe. On the other hand, Jaroslav Halak & Co. hope to continue the momentum from their win against Sweden.

Team Czech Republic vs. Team Canada

Airing on: ESPN News, Sportsnet, TVA Sports at 8 p.m. ET

Carey Price gets to carry the baton for Canada with Braden Holtby and Claude Giroux standing as especially rare scratches. While Canada stands as the healthy favorite, the Czech Republic looked sharper than some may have expected during their warm-up games.