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January 06 2017 05:00AM

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Top Nation moments of 2016, Leafs continue 3rd period collapse, Sedins struggling to carry their line, the Flames and Matt Duchene, Chiarelli deserves credit in Edmonton, the Doug Gilmour trade 25 years ago, Jacob Trouba, Expansion, another Nation member hired by an NHL team and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Gold Medal Comes Down to Heavyweight Rivals US and Canada

Megan Kim
January 05 2017 05:20PM

It's the last day of World Juniors, which means that after tonight, we'll all have to wait a whole year for the Canadian populace to stake their entire nation's hopes and dreams on the shoulders of a teenaged goaltender. 

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The Sedins Can't Carry a Line Anymore

J.D. Burke
January 05 2017 05:00PM

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The Sedin twins aren't what they used to be, but who is at 36-years-old? Father time catches up with the best of us, and whether their games depended on youthful hallmarks like speed or physicality or not, they're suffering it the same as anyone.

It's not that they're necessarily bad players. Far from it, even. Whether they have enough to carry a first line without help on a nightly basis is another question entirely. As the season continues and the pair drag onwards towards their lowest point rate over a full season since their fifth season, it becomes increasingly clear that answer is a resounding no.

In fairness to the Sedins, though, it's not a question they likely anticipated responding to this season. The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to a lucrative six-year contract with a spot alongside the Sedins in mind. Barring that, they had Jannik Hansen to fall back on.

Whether by circumstance or choice, the Sedins have played sparing with either since October. The best-laid plans, and so on. Let's dig into exactly what kind of impact the alternatives are having on their ability to push play as the Canucks premier line.

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Enemies with Benefits

Jayson Spikes
January 05 2017 02:54PM

Last Saturday saw the clash of hockey super powers in the form of Canada vs. USA at the World Juniors, with the Americans skating away with a 3-1 win and first place in Group B. This was a game hyped by many as being only the most recent in a long series of what has apparently become the Biggest Rivalry in International Hockey.

This is far from the only rivalry in hockey; other examples come to mind immediately: Canada vs. Russia, Sweden vs. Finland, Toronto vs. Montreal, Montreal vs. Boston, Edmonton vs. Calgary, and Crosby vs. Ovechkin.

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CGD: For all the golden marbles (Canada/USA)

Jeff Veillette
January 05 2017 02:00PM

Welp, this is it. Rebounding quite nicely off of a disappointing 2016 tournament, and doing well to pull themselves out of a tough spot against the Swedes last night, the Canadians will take on the United States of America in an epic grudge match at the Bell Centre, to decide the Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 World Juniors. Here's what's going down tonight.

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