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Wednesday Chum Bucket: Previewing Team USA's WJC opponents

Richard Wolowicz
  • Team USA, featuring Sean Kuraly, opens its World Juniors schedule tomorrow against Germany. Chris Peters analyzes that matchup, as well as their upcoming round-robin games against Group B opponents Russia, Canada and Slovakia. [United States of Hockey]
  • Can Tomas Hertl lead the Czech Republic to a medal this year? [SB Nation]
  • According to Kevin Kurz, Ryane Clowe, Michal Handzus, Dan Boyle and Thomas Greiss would be among the Sharks most disadvantaged by a canceled NHL season. [CSN Bay Area]
  • With the league locked out, Switzerland's Spengler Cup, which features Joe Thornton on HC Davos and Jason Demers on Team Canada, will be a lot more interesting. [Backhand Shelf]
  • Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Martin Havlat are among the eight highest scorers in the league in ESPN's simulated season. So that's something. [ESPN]
  • Attorney Doug Abrams analyzes the current labor dispute between the NHL and PA. [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Some pretty cool stuff from John Fischer here: a review of every primary assist recorded by Ilya Kovalchuk last season. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Based on the shot charts, Jordan Eberle's high shooting percentage last season wasn't a result of him frequenting high-percentage scoring areas to a greater degree. [mc79hockey]