This is huge! With the ice hockey World Cup around the corner (beginning on Sept. 17), these two giants of the game are fine tuning their roster for the big tournament. How better to do that then to face off against each other on Sept. 9 at 7pm EST? Watch the game with us here!
With the World Cup being the ultimate pinnacle in international ice hockey, both these teams won’t want to give each other an inch in what should be a hugely entertaining game. They are playing their first of their three pre-World Cup scrimmage games in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena. It’s convenient because that’s where their training camp is, and there’s still a lot of work to do before they’re ready.
This is the first of two games they’ll be playing against each other, the second being in Ottawa on Sept. 10. Then, they’ll meet for a THIRD time (this time in the World Cup) during pool play, which will mean these two teams will be absolutely sick of the sight of each other! If either team makes it to the final, then that’s the only place they can meet again. Thank god!
The USA will be rotating their goalies between the games. Jonathan Quick of the LA Kings is starting today’s match-up, while Ben Bishop is expected to play 1 or two periods himself. It’s great to have an embarrassment of riches in the defensive positions, and that’s what the US has in abundance.
Team USA coach John Tortorella has already admitted team selection will be difficult. “When we make the decision, it’s going to [stink] for the other guys, plain and simple. It’s not going to be fair,” he said. “So I’ll put that out there right now. It’s not going to be fair to the other guys. But we have to eventually make a decision who’s going to start.”
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