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2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

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2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: Observations from Monday’s Sweden-Russia showdown

Photo: Frolunda forward and Boston Bruins prospect Anton Blidh was an impressive performer for Sweden in their showdown with Russia on Monday night (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship features arguably the top two teams in this year’s tournament, Group B also features two teams that in recent years have been among the WJC’s best. Those two countries, Sweden and Russia, squared off on Monday night with Sweden coming away with the 3-2 win in that showdown. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: A look back at the Czech Republic’s win over Denmark

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2015 WJC Podcast, Group B: A look back at the Czech Republic’s win over Denmark

Photo: Boston Bruins forward prospect David Pastrnak scored the game-winning, overtime goal for the Czech Republic in Monday’s 4-3 win over Denmark at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

While Group B at the 2015 World Junior Championship is competing at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Group A is displaying their talents at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Sweden and Russia are the two hockey powers heading that group of five countries that also includes the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Denmark. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: USA, Canada winners in Monday tilts

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2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: USA, Canada winners in Monday tilts

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

The favorites in Group A at the 2015 World Junior Championship played as favorites should on Monday night as the USA and Canada both won their games in workmanlike fashion. The U.S. downed Slovakia 3-0 while Canada skated past defending gold medalists Finland, 4-1. The victories setup the showdown between the top two teams in Group A that will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

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2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Finland, Slovakia and Germany work to avoid relegation

Photo: TPS forward and 2015 prospect Mikko Rantanen has played well at the 2015 World Junior Championship for a Finland squad that has struggled to match their gold medal ways at last year’s WJC (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

 

When you’re a country placed in the same grouping as Canada and the USA – two especially talented squads this time around – it can be a tough road to hoe. Such is the case for Finland, Slovakia and Germany at the 2015 World Junior Championship as they do battle in Group A along with those two perennial powers in their quest to earn a medal at this tournament. Read more »

2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Canada, USA look strong in weekend action

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2015 WJC Podcast, Group A: Canada, USA look strong in weekend action

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey has been one of many bright spots for Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Dan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire)

 

Team Canada and Team USA both began the 2015 World Junior Championship in fine fashion, albeit slightly more so for the host Canadians. Both teams won their first two games and find themselves ranked 1-2 as they head into their New Year’s Eve showdown. Read more »

Several Ottawa Senators prospects flourishing at AHL level

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Several Ottawa Senators prospects flourishing at AHL level

Photo: Forward Shane Prince has been a standout in his third year of AHL play, managing 25 points in 28 games. Prince was picked in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

With the exit of several players from last year’s team, the Binghamton Senators got off to a slow start, but the standout play of some key Ottawa prospects have helped the team recover.

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Chicago Blackhawks minor league prospects off to impressive start

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Chicago Blackhawks minor league prospects off to impressive start

Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka is on track to bolster next year’s team (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

The 2013–2014 season was not kind to the Rockford IceHogs. Inconsistency with scoring and goaltending led to a 35-32-5-4 record, resulting in Rockford missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, December, 2014

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AHL Western Conference Notebook, December, 2014

Photo: Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen is currently third overall in scoring in the AHL (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

It’s been a total upheaval in the standings in the AHL‘s Western Conference from last spring through the first third of the 2014-15 season. Two of the top four teams in the conference last season aren’t even in the top nine currently – Grand Rapids (9th) and Toronto (12th) – leaving the Western Conference wide open as teams head into the middle third of the schedule amidst the height of injuries and call-ups. Read more »

On the Rush, December 2014

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On the Rush, December 2014

Photo: Eric Comrie is one of several talented goaltending prospects in the Winnipeg Jets organization. Comrie is currently representing Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships. (courtesy of Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

Welcome to the second installment of On the Rush for the 2014-15 season. This month we feature a diverse group of players, including two goalies from the same pipeline, an outstanding young Swiss league player, and a junior talent who has overcome health concerns. Several prospects who are currently representing their countries at the 2015 World Junior Championships are also featured this month.

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Carolina Hurricanes’ minor league prospects getting look at NHL level amid slumping season

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Carolina Hurricanes’ minor league prospects getting look at NHL level amid slumping season

Photo: Forward Phil Di Giuseppe has been solid in his first full season of professional hockey, posting four goals and seven assists through 29 AHL games. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

In what is already looking like a lost season before the campaign even reaches the All-Star break, the Carolina Hurricanes – currently one of the frontrunners in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes – have begun giving some of their AHL players a closer look.

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