CGD: Canada looks to continue their hot start against Slovakia

Jacob Stoller
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.

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Watch the Game Episode 22: Prospect Talk with Corey Pronman

Watch The Game Podcast
December 27 2016 01:15PM

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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.

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How Quality of Competition Has Affected Toronto's Corsi This Season

DragLikePull
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):

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WJC Canada Postgame: Barzal Shines in Canada's Opener

Jess Pincente
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.  

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CGD: A New Hope (Canada vs. Russia)

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2016 01:26PM

It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

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