It’s finally Friday, and here are some stories from around the hockey world you need to know about.
Lets start of this edition of Quick Shifts with USA Hockey naming Jonathan Quick the starting goalie for Saturdays gave vs. Russia. It really shouldn’t come as a big surprise; Quick stopped 22 of 23 shots in yesterdays victory over Slovakia. As for Ryan Miller maybe he gets his chance on Sunday when USA takes on the team from Slovakia again. It’s been reported that Miller is not letting this bother him. After all if the USA medals he will be a two-time Olympic medalist. Pro Hockey Talk has more.
Our second story is a little more me thinking about how Canada was only able to win by a 3-1 margin vs. the team from Norway. While a win is a win; yesterdays victory is a little worry-sum. Canada needs to do better, they have the talent needed for make a run at gold. Here’s why a 3-1 win was not enough. There are five tie-breakers in this Olympic tournament. Goals For is third on that list. In the event of a tie,yesterdays lack of scoring could come back to haunt Canada. Head over to Yahoo Sports for more.
Moving on, It’s official Henrik Zetterberg will not play in this Winter Olympics. It is being reported by several outlets that Zetterberg’s injuries may land him on an operation table. There are rumors that the injury could be a disk problem. For more information head over to Pro Hockey Talk. They have a bunch of stories on this.
Zetterberg told Expressen he hasn’t been able to move around much and that the injury is “the same as in December but much bigger pain. Matias Strozyk/PHT
Sweden team doctor Bjorn Waldenbeck said Henrik Zetterberg has herniated disk problem in back. Will see how he is tomorrow. Stephen Whyno/PHT
Finally, it has been reported that the NHL will make their decision on the 2018 Winter Olympics with-in the next six months. A report on FanNation indicates that the NHL engage the NHLPA in conversations over the matter. I’m okay with the NHL not playing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in fact I’d rather they didn’t. However, there are NHL players that will try and figure out a way to play. This could be a PR nightmare for the NHL if it is not handled correctly.
We will have a broader discussion with the players’ association on international competition and what we are doing internationally. That discussion is underway, so I would anticipate a quick resolution in respect to the Olympics, maybe six months.”
Check back tomorrow for more hockey news from around the NHL and Olympics.