December 27 2016 08:38PM
Not sure if Team Canada is for real this year? Well, there you go. The Canadians laid an absolute beating on Slovakia Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. They won 5-0, peppering the Slovaks with 44 shots for while surrendering only six against en route to their second win of the tournament.
December 27 2016 03:00PM
Canada's opening day 5-3 victory over Russia showed us a couple of things. For starters, this year's Team Canada has a real shot at competing. The team is structured well with a team-based approach in their systems and having all five players on the same page while on the ice. The game also displayed the immense skill that Canada possesses. Dylan Strome, Tyson Jost, Matthew Barzal and Pierre Luc Dubois, among others, have the traits to become dominant players for Canada.
While Canada did pull off a convincing victory over Russia, no indications have been made as to who will be the team's starting goaltender moving forward. Tonight, Connor Ingram will take the reigns from Connor Hart and start between the pipes as Canada faces off against Slovakia.
Puck drop is slated for 8pm ET and you can catch tonight's game and all the World Junior action on TSN.
Watch The Game Podcast
December 27 2016 01:15PM
Adam and Cam have ESPN's Corey Pronman join the show to talk about the World Junior's, the upcoming draft and much more. They also wax poetically about how much they miss Sam and how sad they are he wasn't able to make the show.
December 27 2016 09:23AM
Over a large sample size, Corsi is one of the best measurements we have at the moment for team-level skill. While it's far from perfect, once you get 20 or 30 games into the season it does a pretty good job of predicting future goal scoring, and it's a pretty stable stat, less affected by randomness than most others. At the moment the Leafs are 12th in the NHL in score-adjusted Corsi with 52%. In fact, they're just .1% out of the top 10, so the Leafs are playing like a top 10 team in terms of shot attempts this season. That suggests the Leafs have been playing well at even strength this season.
However, their results have fluctuated quite a bit over the first three months of the season. Let's take a look at five-game rolling average of Corsi (this chart is not score-adjusted):
December 26 2016 08:56PM
In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.
Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods. The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.