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This morning USA Hockey will take on the home town Russian hockey team. While this is no miracle on ice contest; there is a lot to prove. For USA Hockey this contest will answer the question is Jonathan Quick really the right goaltender to lead the U.S to the podium? Russia has an All-Star top two lines, but Dan Bylsma and his coaches have put to together a team of four lines. In order for the U.S. to escape with a victory, they need to stay out of the penalty box. I agree with the Pro Hockey Talk post; a blue-collar team doesn’t often fare well when officials call a tight game. It will be a sad morning if the guy in the striped shirts factor into this game.
Even with the heavy Olympic load, we have found a story from the NHL. It has been reported on CBSsports.com that the Florida Panther want Tim Thomas back. It seems that Panther’s GM Dale Tallon and Thomas have used the Winter Olympic hiatus to have a few meetings. Thomas has had a few injury issues this season, but has still managed to put together a good comeback season.
Meanwhile, trade rumors won’t die; Chicago Blackhawks Brandon Pirri is back in the headlines. The Blackhawks really don’t need Pirri, and he has yet to find his into the rotation. Fansided.com has pointed out that Pirri needs to improve in his own zone. “Pirri has struggled to stick with the ‘Hawks this year is because of his defensive lapses.” A rebuilding team would love to take a shot on Pirri. He is a former 2nd round draft pick, and I believe he still has upside. Teams like the Buffalo Sabres, or Florida Panther and many others should be lining up to try to make a move.
Check back tomorrow for more stories from around the hockey world.