World Cup of Hockey Final Bracket: Canada’s To Lose
[lead align=”default”]The 2016 World Cup of Hockey narrowed to four this week, and those remaining teams seek a bit of glory.[/lead]
Notably absent from the proceedings are the United States. Team USA crashed and burned, losing all of their games and with nothing to show for their stay in Toronto. Canada obliterated their group, winning all three games they played with a 14-3 goal differential. Each of their victories was by at least two goals.
The host team took care of business, but have several more games to win. How does the bracket shake out for the four remaining teams?
Saturday sees Canada take on Team Russia. Led by Alex Ovechkin, the Russians gave the Canadians a good game in the preliminary tournament. That contest was a 3-2 overtime win for the home team. That could once again be a highly competitive contest, particularly if Sergei Bobrovsky is on point again in goal.
In the Sunday pairing, Team Europe faces Team Sweden for the right to move to the World Cup of Hockey final. Europe was the second-place team in Group A, while Sweden took Group B by a single point.
Rangers fans know all about what Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist can do between the pipes. He did allow four goals in a Wednesday loss to Team North America, though on 49 shots.
As in Olympic hockey, Canada is probably going all the way. To do that, they must beat Russia first, and then take a best-of-three final next weekend. After that, it’s a cool two weeks until NHL season begins.