OTPP: World Cup of Hockey Preview

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Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

Ben and Dave are back, and they are looking ahead to the World Cup of Hockey.  What have we learned from the early exhibition games?

World Cup of Hockey Preview

How good is Team North America Under 23? Can other team’s handle their speed? Can they succeed against their more experienced opponents?

Does team Europe stand any chance? Is Zdeno Chara finally showing his age? Should they have an anthem?

Do the Russians have the best forward group in the tournament? Can their defence hold up? Will it be Semyon Varlamov or Sergei Bobrovsky in net?

Can Finland surprise again? Does Pekka Rinne give them good enough goaltending to compete in this tournament? How does their offense and defense look? How good is Patrik Laine?

Is Sweden being undersold? Do they have the best defence in the tournament? Can Henrik Lundqvist carry them to the title? Do they have enough offence?

How do all the defections hurt the Czech Republic? Can they possibly create problems for any of the other team’s in this tournament? Can Petr Mrazek be their saviour?

Team USA won their first game against Canada in a very chippy affair. Is this the team’s M.O? Should Ryan Kesler have been suspended? Who is their starting goalie?

Can Canada be stopped? Will Carey Price be ready? How does the Duncan Keith injury effect them?

Who qualified for the Olympics? A look at our three qualifiers and ahead to the 2018 Tournament.

All this and more, as we go on the On The Power Play.

OTPP: World Cup of Hockey Preview

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