Sunday’s slate of World Cup of Hockey games


After seeing two prominent teams in Canada and the United States debut on Saturday, today’s duo of games is a pretty resounding collection of skill.

(It’s rarely a laborious day when you get to watch Alex Ovechkin vs. Erik Karlsson, for instance.)

Let’s take a look at Sunday’s two games as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey continues to get in gear.

Team Sweden vs. Team Russia

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

Can Russia end its recent run of struggles during best-on-best international tournaments? Beating a strong contender in Sweden would be a heck of a way to at least begin answering in the affirmative. Sweden has plenty of chemistry and balance while Russia boasts enviable top-end firepower, so it could make for a rather intriguing clash.

Team North America vs. Team Finland

Airing on: ESPN 2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports at 8 p.m. ET

Hockey’s favorite science experiment – Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and other wunderkinds on the same team – really starts to roll out this evening. How well will this group of under-23 North Americans convert sublime skill into games against teams that are more familiar with each other? This one should be fun, too.

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