Russia started off its 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournament with a tough matchup against Sweden. The contest pitted two of the top competitors against one another right out of the gate, and despite very nearly coming back from a two-goal deficit in the final minute of play, Russia ultimately fell to a strong Swedish side, and already finds itself on the back foot two days into the event.
With just three game of preliminary-round play, the Russians must win this game to stay in contention. Another loss will make it impossible to finish among the top two in Group B that advance to the playoff round, so they have no choice but to leave it all on the ice.
In their way stands a team that many felt was a gimmick to generate interest when the tournament was initially announced, but is now regarded by many as the team to watch. Team North America came away with a convincing 4-1 win in their match versus Finland on Sunday night, and can claim a spot in the semi-finals with a victory tonight.
The North Americans have speed and skill to spare. The Russians have elite offensive skill throughout their lineup. There’s a lot at stake in tonight’s match, and it should be a fascinating contest.
Puck drop is at 8:00 PM EDT at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
How to watch
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): Sportsnet
In the United States: ESPN2
Stream: Watch ESPN
|Nikita Kucherov||Evgeny Kuznetsov||Alex Ovechkin|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||Evgeni Malkin||Pavel Datsyuk|
|Evgenii Dadonov||Vadim Shipachyov||Artemi Panarin|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||Artem Anisimov||Ivan Telegin|
|Nikita Zaitsev||Dmitry Orlov|
|Alexei Emelin||Andrei Markov|
|Alexey Marchenko||Dmitry Kulikov|
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Jonathan Drouin||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Nathan MacKinnon|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Jack Eichel||Dylan Larkin|
|Vincent Trochek||Sean Couturier||Brandon Saad|
|Morgan Rielly||Aaron Ekblad|
|Shayne Gostisbehere||Colton Parayko|
|Ryan Murray||Seth Jones|