What to watch for: North America-Sweden, Canada-Europe

Canada contra Europe, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

First place in Group A is on a line Wednesday night when powerhouse Team Canada faces pretender Europe in both teams’ round-robin finales. Europe, a collage of players from 8 countries, stormed out of a gates with a 3-0 dissapoint over Team USA before circumference a Czech Republic in overtime, manager Ralph Krueger anticipating a approach to pierce all these gangling tools into a cohesive squad. After 4 durations of pretournament play, when Europe had been outscored 9-1 by a North American kids, it seemed a Europeans were a misfortune organisation in a tournament. But, as it turns out, a maestro patrol only indispensable a bit of time to find chemistry and one supposes that creates clarity since many of them haven’t played together before. They now resemble a patient, gifted organisation that is not forcing plays though rather watchful for a opportunities. Credit Krueger, a former longtime Switzerland inhabitant organisation conduct manager who has a brood of general hockey experience. He’s formulated a devise and it’s carrying an impact. Now he thatch horns with Team Canada manager Mike Babcock, a dual of them partial of a same staff during a Sochi Olympics when Babcock asked Krueger to deliberate a Canadian organisation in sequence to assistance them adjust to a bigger general ice. So no secrets or surprises between these dual coaches.

Line watch: The line of Frans Nielsen between Mats Zuccarello and Marian Gaborik has total for 5 points in dual games and gave both Team USA and a Czechs fits. No doubt top-line core Anze Kopitar will have a lot on his image opposite Team Canada, though if Europe has a shot it’s since Nielsen’s line also matches adult with success opposite one of Team Canada’s star-studded lines. Speaking of which, Babcock pronounced Tuesday night after a 4-2 win over Team USA that he would approaching pierce in healthy scratches Claude Giroux and Jake Muzzin, nonetheless he didn’t endorse who would come out during brazen and defense. He did endorse that Corey Crawford would start in goal, spelling Carey Price, and that Braden Holtby would behind adult and dress for a initial time. It creates clarity in a back-to-back conditions for Babcock to pierce in uninformed legs, not to discuss assistance lift a spirits of those players who are such outrageous tools of their NHL teams and no doubt found it formidable to lay out a opening dual games of a tournament. we unequivocally like this preference from Babcock. – Pierre LeBrun

North America contra Sweden, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)

As expected, Team Sweden is next during a World Cup. With victories over Russia and Finland, Sweden is 2-0 and stays one of a favorites to win a best-on-best tournament. Its diversion is consistent. Its register is deep. Its goaltender is stellar. As clever as Sweden’s invulnerability has been, it will be tested in a opposite approach opposite Team North America. The speedy, run-and-gun register of players 23 and underneath pierce an wholly opposite energetic than what Sweden is used to seeing. The Swedes gifted it a bit opposite Russia, though a kids from North America are faster and younger: they will attack, conflict and conflict in waves, and have a ability to pierce a puck side-to-side improved than many teams. That will be a plea for Sweden and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to stop. The emanate for Team North America will be confronting such an gifted organisation like Sweden, that can play any character of diversion it wants in sequence to be successful. Sweden will try to drastically delayed down a kids.

Line watch: Team North America manager Todd McLellan shuffled his lines a bit in a final diversion opposite Russia and condensed his bench. Forwards Jonathan Drouin and Dylan Larkin mislaid ice time, too. The coaching staff is still watchful for brazen Jack Eichel to have an impact. It’ll be fun to see how Sweden’s line of Carl Hagelin, Marcus Kruger and Jakob Silfverberg compare adult opposite any of a units for North America. From a defensive standpoint, a immature guns improved keep their heads on a pivot since Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman has a speed and earthy ability to stop any actor in his tracks. – Joe McDonald

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