December 28 2016 11:00AM
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If the Canucks are going to make a surge to save their season, they'll be doing it without Jannik Hansen.
Speaking to the media after Tuesday's practice, Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins revealed Hansen suffered a severe knee injury on December 22nd, and it will keep him from Vancouver's lineup for four-to-six weeks. This after Hansen just returned to the Canucks two weeks prior from a broken collarbone.
The Canucks' first line was supposed to be an area of relative strength. At the very least, one couldn't count it among the multitude question marks hanging over the roster. Whether Loui Eriksson worked out or not, the Sedins moulded Hansen as a safety blanket in their image for the club's cover.
Desjardins has been hesitant to play Eriksson with the twins since October, and Hansen's injury has forced him from the trios refuge for much of the time since. Generally, the club's leaned on Brandon Sutter to fill the void whenever necessary, and suffered that decision accordingly.
The hope in mid-December was Hansen's health would keep Desjardins from having to tussle with this question again. Here we are two weeks later, and it's paramount on the embattled coach's mind as he prepares to face the Los Angeles Kings.
December 28 2016 10:00AM
With the new year fast approaching, the conversation is going to start picking up on potential contract extensions for players like Chad Johnson. That's because players on one-year deals are eligible to sign extensions starting Jan. 1.
Is it too early for the Flames to start going down that road with Johnson? And what might a new deal look like for one of Calgary's most pleasant surprises this season?
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.