Vintage Flame
December 28 2011 11:04AM

Canada started off the 2012 World Junior Championship with an impressive 8-1 win over Finland, and now draws the Czech Republic. Last night the Czech’s came off their own opening win, downing Denmark by a score of 7-0. The two teams meet for 29th time since 1977, with Canada holding the edge with a 14-6-8 record. While the Czechs showed some success against Canada in the early 90’s, they have not beaten Canada since 1993.

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Robin Brownlee
December 27 2011 05:02PM

Fans growing frustrated watching Ryan Whitney of the Edmonton Oilers struggle to bounce back from ankle surgery and find his game have nothing on the hobbled defenseman. He feels your pain, and then some.

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Let it Bleed

December 27 2011 09:03AM

Edmonton Oiler fans enjoyed an outstanding first game of the 10-11 season. Rookie Jordan Eberle scored the goal of the year and the Godless Flames fell in an epic moment of good vs. evil. This season, the team extended the feelgood through a dozen games before going back to the rebuild.

With the Oilers grabbing 13th slot in the western conference and looking like they aren't going to do much to address injury along the blue, it's important to keep certain dates in mind as the calendar turns over.

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WJC Team Russin Preview - Will + Skill

Andrey Osadchenko
December 26 2011 02:29PM

(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia)

What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would you say it has worked for Alex Ovechkin’s compatriots? That’s right – not so often. Something needed to be added. As we learned last season – that secret ingredient was will to fight till the end.

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December 26 2011 01:34PM

Ah the ol' Boxing Day Hockey Extravaganza. If there is anything greater than sitting around in your PJs, crushing left over Christmas treats and watching Canada kick off the the World Juniors we can't think of what it is.

What's that? The Oilers play tonight?

That would qualify as greater.

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