2017 Winter Classic More Than Just A Game For St. Louis

On January 2 the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will square off in the 2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic. It will be St. Louis’ first time participating in Winter Classic festivities and the Blackhawks third since the NHL introduced the event in 2008. Held at Busch Stadium, the hallowed grounds of St. Louis’ beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the NHL is taking full advantage of the cities introduction to the outdoor event. They’ve already held field trips for a middle school STEM program, invited the media to watch the rink be built, and planned a number of events leading up to the big game. “Seeing the kids smile was like seeing them put on skates and skate out there for the first time,” NHL Executive Dan Craig said. The alumni game featuring some of the Blues and Blackhawks hall of fame greats will take place on December 31. For the Blues, Chris Pronger, Martin Brodeur,, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, and the great one, Wayne Gretzky will take the ice. For Chicago, Troy Murray, Eric Daze, and Darren Pang. In addition to the alumni game, charity games between the St. Louis police and fire units and a pickup game between two teams made up of former Cardinal players, Blues players, and celebrities will take place on January 8. The pickup game called ‘One Nation Classic’ will benefit Blues for Kids youth hockey efforts as well as Cardinals Care, two local charities. The ice rink will also open for a public skate following the end of the Winter Classic festivities on January 8. Though, admist all of the fun and games the players still understand the stakes are high, since it does count as a regular season game. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchspoke with players and coaches this past week about the Winter Classic. Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk believes the Blues need to win the Winter Classic after falling to the Blackhawks at home earlier in the season. “It’s a statement game, not so much for the Winter Classic, but to kind of show that we’re still the team that beat them last year (in the first round of the playoffs). We let one slip away here against them last time. We want to make sure when they come into this building that they feel uncomfortable. It goes a long way down the road knowing that this can be a four-point swing in our division and we can gain some ground on them,” Shattenkirk said. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has kept the team focused with important games remaining ahead of the Winter Classic. “The way we are right now, we’re barely lucky to get 12 hours ahead of where our thinking is. You see things like when the trucks come in, and you start thinking about that stuff and then the reality of who you’re playing (Saturday) night kind of hits home and you’ve got to go and be ready,” Hitcock said. It’s an important game for the Blues not only on the schedule, but for the city as well. Not only will it bring attention to a city that loves its hockey and baseball teams, but with the Rams leaving for Los Angeles there’s been a void left and questions surrounding the cities fandom. With an MLS team on the horizon now is the perfect opportunity for the city to stake its claim for the quality of fans the city of St. Louis provides and the support for its professional sports team. It’s the opportunity to play one of if not the best hockey franchise in existence with a national audience watching across the country. [Image By: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images]

2017 Winter Classic More Than Just A Game For St. Louis

On January 2 the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will square off in the 2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic. It will be St. Louis’ first time participating in Winter Classic festivities and the Blackhawks third since the NHL introduced the event in 2008. Held at Busch Stadium, the hallowed grounds of St. Louis’ beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the NHL is taking full advantage of the cities introduction to the outdoor event. They’ve already held field trips for a middle school STEM program, invited the media to watch the rink be built, and planned a number of events leading up to the big game. “Seeing the kids smile was like seeing them put on skates and skate out there for the first time,” NHL Executive Dan Craig said. The alumni game featuring some of the Blues and Blackhawks hall of fame greats will take place on December 31. For the Blues, Chris Pronger, Martin Brodeur,, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, and the great one, Wayne Gretzky will take the ice. For Chicago, Troy Murray, Eric Daze, and Darren Pang. In addition to the alumni game, charity games between the St. Louis police and fire units and a pickup game between two teams made up of former Cardinal players, Blues players, and celebrities will take place on January 8. The pickup game called ‘One Nation Classic’ will benefit Blues for Kids youth hockey efforts as well as Cardinals Care, two local charities. The ice rink will also open for a public skate following the end of the Winter Classic festivities on January 8. Though, admist all of the fun and games the players still understand the stakes are high, since it does count as a regular season game. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchspoke with players and coaches this past week about the Winter Classic. Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk believes the Blues need to win the Winter Classic after falling to the Blackhawks at home earlier in the season. “It’s a statement game, not so much for the Winter Classic, but to kind of show that we’re still the team that beat them last year (in the first round of the playoffs). We let one slip away here against them last time. We want to make sure when they come into this building that they feel uncomfortable. It goes a long way down the road knowing that this can be a four-point swing in our division and we can gain some ground on them,” Shattenkirk said. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has kept the team focused with important games remaining ahead of the Winter Classic. “The way we are right now, we’re barely lucky to get 12 hours ahead of where our thinking is. You see things like when the trucks come in, and you start thinking about that stuff and then the reality of who you’re playing (Saturday) night kind of hits home and you’ve got to go and be ready,” Hitcock said. It’s an important game for the Blues not only on the schedule, but for the city as well. Not only will it bring attention to a city that loves its hockey and baseball teams, but with the Rams leaving for Los Angeles there’s been a void left and questions surrounding the cities fandom. With an MLS team on the horizon now is the perfect opportunity for the city to stake its claim for the quality of fans the city of St. Louis provides and the support for its professional sports team. It’s the opportunity to play one of if not the best hockey franchise in existence with a national audience watching across the country. [Image By: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images]

NHL Centennial Classic 2017: Detroit Red Wings Vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds, TV Start Time & How To Watch Live Online

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are two of the oldest team in the NHL, and today these two historical franchises will meet in the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic. According to a CBC report, today’s game will be played outdoors from BMO Field in Toronto and will be honoring the Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary. What better way to honor 100 years than to play a rival Original Six team in front of over 50,000 fans? While this game is a celebration and milestone event for the Toronto franchise, the Red Wings will have a bit of revenge on their minds when they hit the ice Sunday afternoon. NHL ice crew members will be on stand by in case of bad weather this afternoon. [Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images] Toronto edged Detroit in the 2014 Winter Classic 3-2 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Although tomorrow the official NHL Winter Classic will take place when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues, today’s game will mark the first time two NHL teams have met for the second time in an outdoor game. The atmosphere for today’s NHL Centennial Classic will definitely be electric, however, both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs have not played up to expectations so far this season. We’re coming for ya, Toronto. See you in 5 days. #CentennialClassic pic.twitter.com/NcXiZIjKnO — NHL (@NHL) December 27, 2016 Through 35 games so far, Toronto has just 39 points, however, the Leafs come into today’s game riding a four game winning streak and playing much better hockey than they were a month ago. It has been a slow process, but Toronto coach Mike Babcock has Toronto going in the right direction. The former Red Wings coach knows how much hockey means to both of these cities and how fans live and die with their team each year. Babcock won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings during his time as head coach as he directed the Red Wings to their eleventh Stanley Cup in franchise history and the Wings fourth since 1997. Now as the leader of Toronto, Babcock knows that the Leafs haven’t been relevant in decades – something he is determined to change. “Winning is a fine line,” Babcock said. “I’m not sure there that’s much difference with what we were going through just before we started winning here and what we’ve done (recently).” Babcock also knows how big today’s game is, even though he may be down playing it a bit. It is just another regular season game, but it is against his old team, it’s on national TV, and the Leafs are the host city. It’s big. The puck will be frozen this afternoon in Toronto – literally. [Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images] “When it’s your own team, it’s a chance of a lifetime,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of his third outdoor game. “They’re all special in their own way. The most special thing about it is you get to share it with your alumni and your franchise and your fans but also with your family. That make it beyond special.” While Babcock has the Leafs trending upwards, his former team is off to one of their worst starts in years. The Red Wings have been dismal to say the least so far this season. While they have shown signs of how good the future may be, they have also struggled in many areas, especially on the power play. Detroit is the No. 30 ranked team in scoring with the extra man. Yes, in other words they are the worst in the NHL. They also haven’t found solid line play defending the power play either. For the first time in many season in Hockeytown, things are not running smoothly. The positive is Detroit has one of the youngest teams in the NHL and there is still a lot of season left to keep their 25 year playoff streak rolling. Detroit has just 36 points in 36 games this season. They will have their hands full today vs. Toronto, but a win on the road could be what the Wings need to get back on track. Las Vegas odds makers have Toronto listed as the favorite at -150, with the over/under goal total set at 5.5. The start time for today’s NHL Centennial Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Hockey fans can watch all of the action nationally on NBC. The game will also be streaming live online through the NBC Sports Network. [Featured Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images]

Watch 2017 NHL Winter Classic Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues

Hockey fans will be able to watch the 2017 Winter Classic live online, though those looking forward to the matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues may need a bit of patience to actually watch it. With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday at Busch Stadium, league officials are considering the possibility of delaying the start of the annual outdoor hockey game, ESPN reported. The game is originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET puck drop, but the league will be monitoring the situation and plans to give an update on Monday at 8 a.m. as to whether it could be delayed. Fans looking for an update on the status can check the league’s official website. The weather would have been perfect for a game in St. Louis on New Year’s Day, when the outdoor game is normally held, ESPN noted. But instead the NHL showcased another outdoor match in celebration of its 100th anniversary — the Centennial Classic, where the Toronto Maple Leafs triumphed 5-4 in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings. But as fans have come to expect, weather problems appear to be an issue for the Winter Classic. The very first game, played on New Year’s Day in 2008, was frequently delayed as crews had to shovel piles of snow in Buffalo. League officials said that Monday’s game would be played in a light rain, but anything heavier than that would lead to a delay. While it’s not clear how long the puck drop could be pushed back, in the past the league has had no problem putting it off for several hours. [Image by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images] Delays have become commonplace for outdoor NHL games. Sunday’s Centennial Classic in Toronto was delayed for an hour because bright sunshine created a dangerous glare on the ice, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. And the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh was actually delayed for a total of seven hours, making it a night game. The wild weather and frequent delays are something players have grown accustomed to as well. “You prepare like you would a normal game,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told ESPN. “You don’t really know how it can turn out, but at the end of the day, it’s the same for both teams, and it comes down to who’s handling the conditions the best. We played in a game at Soldier Field a couple of years ago, and it was snowing like crazy, and it was tough to even see the puck at times. It was slowing down on you, and it slowed the pace of the game down a little bit. If you don’t make excuses and you just go play through it and know that it’s a challenge both teams have to deal with, maybe you can take advantage of the rough conditions in some ways.” [Image by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images] Blues coach Ken Hitchcock added that both teams are “ready for anything” including a long delay or an indefinite one where players or coaches don’t have a clear indication of when the puck will drop. While heavy rain may make it difficult for fans trying to watch the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues game live online, the players actually taking the ice in the 2017 Winter Classic say they can find ways to pass the time. “Nowadays, you’ve got cellphones,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “TVs. There’s food. We’ll play cards. We’ll figure something out.” Fans who want to watch the 2017 Winter Classic live online can click here for streaming video of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues from NBC Sports Extra. [Featured Image by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images]

Watch India Vs. Belgium Hockey Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup Final

Fans can watch the India vs. Belgium hockey match live online and see if the Indian squad can continue its run and win the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup final on its home turf. Hosting the men’s Junior World Cup for the second time, India has gone on a winning streak to reach Sunday’s final match against Belgium. It has been 15 years since the Indian squad won the Under-21 tournament, but the colts will have that chance before a home crowd in Uttar Pradesh. The 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup final is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. IST (1:30 p.m. GMT) and will be broadcast on Hotstar in India with live streaming video also available (a link to the online video can be found below). For the Indian colts, Sunday’s match is a chance to follow up Friday’s shoot-out win over Australia by snagging a gold medal, and coach Harendra Singh said his team is ready for it. #HJWC2016 #INDvAUS India beat Australia 4-2 on penalties in Jr Hockey World Cup semis; to meet Belgium in finalhttps://t.co/2MVuVds0Kr pic.twitter.com/YsC7YkOBlu — Express Sports (@IExpressSports) December 16, 2016 “December 18 match is the biggest game for these boys. I would fold my hands and request them to show their character on that day. They need to decide which color medal they want to see hanging in their necks,” Harendra said (via the Indian Express). The Indian Colts will lock horns with Belgium in the Final of the #HJWC2016 on 18 Dec. Follow LIVE action on Star Sports 4/HD4 or Hotstar. pic.twitter.com/O15h5G8VeR — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 17, 2016 Fans who watch the India vs. Belgium hockey match live online will see an Indian team taking a simple approach. Singh said his team will need to play simple hockey, avoiding early goals and keeping up a physical pace, the Hindustan Timesnoted. Roelant Oltmans, coach of India’s senior team and manager of the junior side, said the team faltered a bit against Australia in the semifinal, not putting enough pressure on their opponent in the first half. But he noted that the team responded well and made the correct halftime adjustments. Now, it will be time for a “perfect” effort in Sunday’s final match to win the gold medal, Oltmans told the First Post. While the sport has often been dominated by European teams, hockey is still quite popular in India and organizing secretary RP Singh said the home fans follow it as closely as cricket. Though the Indian team will have the benefit of playing before 15,000 of these fans, Belgium has shown to be a team on the rise as well, the Indian Express noted. “Belgium are strong there is no doubt it. But at the same time against every opponent you get your opportunities. And also against Belgium we will get our opportunities,” Harendra said. “Belgium is a tough team and they have shown it by beating top sides like Holland, Germany, Argentina. It’s a very strong side but we are also a very strong side.” Belgium’s coach, Joreon Baart, said his team is also looking at Sunday’s final match as a chance to cash in on more than two years of preparation. The Belgium team lost to France in the quarterfinals of the last Junior World Cup, and now has a chance to take their place among the elite programs — especially with six-time champion Germany bowing out early this tournament. “Now the boys are really eager to get very far on the pitch in this tournament as in life and as a hockey player,” he added. Whichever team wins on Sunday, the match represents a quick rise for both programs. Belgium finished sixth at the last tournament in New Delhi in 2013, while the Indian team finished 13th there. Those who want to watch the India vs. Belgium hockey match live online can click here for streaming video of the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup final. [Featured Image by Hussein Malla/AP Images]

Ben Bishop Injury Update: Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie's X-Rays Come Back Negative, But He Could Still Miss Significant Time

Ben Bishop was taken off the ice on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his left leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and now the injury update for the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie is pointing toward an uncertain future for the team. Bishop suffered the injury with 7:35 left in the first period of his team’s 3-1 win, twisting his knee as he skated back toward the net and landing awkwardly in the crease. Bishop was on the ice for a long time in obvious pain, and needed athletic trainers from both teams as well as some of his teammates to help him onto a stretcher that took him off the ice. After the game, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Bishop’s X-rays came back negative with “nothing structurally wrong,” but the extent of injury is still not known. The fact that he could not bear any weight on the knee does not bode well, and could point to significant time out for Ben Bishop. The team was able to rally around backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, blocking 20 Pittsburgh shots to keep the pressure off him and thwart the Penguins’ potent offense. The Lightning also got goals from Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, and Jonathan Drouin to take Game 1. X-rays come back negative on Lightning goalie Ben Bishop's leg after leaving Game 1 of Eastern Conference finals. https://t.co/waridxD0Sd — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 14, 2016 The loss of Ben Bishop could be a major blow to the Lightning’s Stanley Cup hopes. Bishop has been the team’s rock throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs, with a .938 save percentage and two shutouts. As CBS Sports noted, the injury to Ben Bishop is one of many for the Tampa Bay Lightning as their locker room has turned into an infirmary. “Tampa Bay is a bit of an underdog in this series against Pittsburgh, but Bishop was seen as one of the equalizing factors. Now it appears he will join an injured list that also includes captain Steven Stamkos, who is out while dealing with blood clots, and No. 2 defenseman Anton Stralman, who appears to be nearing his return from a broken leg. Additionally, later in the first period of Game 1, Tyler Johnson left the game with an apparent leg injury. His status is not yet clear. Of all those absences, Bishop will be by far the biggest.” Ben Bishop has been stung by injury before in the playoffs. He played last year’s Stanley Cup Finals with a torn groin, one that forced him to miss a game. We're all behind you Ben Bishop! Outstanding performance so far in these playoffs https://t.co/ej2UNQIz9u pic.twitter.com/ZrfZd0US0O — HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) May 14, 2016 But as they may be losing Bishop again this postseason, the Lightning could soon be getting a boost from the return of their captain, Steven Stamkos. The forward was close to making his playoff debut on Friday after a long recovery from a blood clot, but he ended up being scratched. Stamkos said on Friday that he is ready to get back in the lineup to help his team. “I feel great,” Stamkos said, via ESPN. “Like I’ve said before, I’m just giving myself a chance to be ready if that time comes. I feel like I’m up to game shape. That’s been the plan all along, and each day I skate, each day I handle the puck, shoot the puck, I feel better and better. I’m just giving myself a chance. If that time comes, I’ll be ready.” With the injury to Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning will now be forced to turn to Vasilevskiy, who posted a record of 11-10-0 record this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average. [Image via TSN screenshot]

2017 Winter Classic More Than Just A Game For St. Louis

On January 2 the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will square off in the 2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic. It will be St. Louis’ first time participating in Winter Classic festivities and the Blackhawks third since the NHL introduced the event in 2008. Held at Busch Stadium, the hallowed grounds of St. Louis’ beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the NHL is taking full advantage of the cities introduction to the outdoor event. They’ve already held field trips for a middle school STEM program, invited the media to watch the rink be built, and planned a number of events leading up to the big game. “Seeing the kids smile was like seeing them put on skates and skate out there for the first time,” NHL Executive Dan Craig said. The alumni game featuring some of the Blues and Blackhawks hall of fame greats will take place on December 31. For the Blues, Chris Pronger, Martin Brodeur,, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, and the great one, Wayne Gretzky will take the ice. For Chicago, Troy Murray, Eric Daze, and Darren Pang. In addition to the alumni game, charity games between the St. Louis police and fire units and a pickup game between two teams made up of former Cardinal players, Blues players, and celebrities will take place on January 8. The pickup game called ‘One Nation Classic’ will benefit Blues for Kids youth hockey efforts as well as Cardinals Care, two local charities. The ice rink will also open for a public skate following the end of the Winter Classic festivities on January 8. Though, admist all of the fun and games the players still understand the stakes are high, since it does count as a regular season game. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchspoke with players and coaches this past week about the Winter Classic. Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk believes the Blues need to win the Winter Classic after falling to the Blackhawks at home earlier in the season. “It’s a statement game, not so much for the Winter Classic, but to kind of show that we’re still the team that beat them last year (in the first round of the playoffs). We let one slip away here against them last time. We want to make sure when they come into this building that they feel uncomfortable. It goes a long way down the road knowing that this can be a four-point swing in our division and we can gain some ground on them,” Shattenkirk said. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has kept the team focused with important games remaining ahead of the Winter Classic. “The way we are right now, we’re barely lucky to get 12 hours ahead of where our thinking is. You see things like when the trucks come in, and you start thinking about that stuff and then the reality of who you’re playing (Saturday) night kind of hits home and you’ve got to go and be ready,” Hitcock said. It’s an important game for the Blues not only on the schedule, but for the city as well. Not only will it bring attention to a city that loves its hockey and baseball teams, but with the Rams leaving for Los Angeles there’s been a void left and questions surrounding the cities fandom. With an MLS team on the horizon now is the perfect opportunity for the city to stake its claim for the quality of fans the city of St. Louis provides and the support for its professional sports team. It’s the opportunity to play one of if not the best hockey franchise in existence with a national audience watching across the country. [Image By: Travis Lindquist/Getty Images]

Ben Bishop Injury Update: May Return To Eastern Conference Finals For Tampa Bay

Ben Bishop did not think his injury was a minor one. He thought his leg was broken. When he went down with a leg injury in Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, Bishop felt something he did not recognize. His mind raced and he feared the worst. The injury seemed so severe that Ben was taken off the ice on a stretcher, with backup Andrei Vasilevskiy finishing the game in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images]The injury to Bishop’s leg does not appear to be as serious as it first appeared. X-rays on Ben’s leg were negative and the MRI seemed to be “OK,” according to Bishop. As Chris Peters reported for CBS Sports, the Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t even ruled him out for Game 2 on Monday night. The fact that Tampa Bay has not ruled Bishop out for the remainder Eastern Conference Finals, let alone Game 2 of the series, is quite a far cry from what fears may have dictated when Bishop first was injured. In a press conference recently posted by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Twitter, Ben explained just how frightened he was at first. “It was a scary experience….I felt something I’ve never felt before, just pain right away. Your mind starts racing and you start thinking the worst thing right away.” Bishop: “I’d like to thank everyone that [reached out], it means a lot.” #PITvsTBLhttps://t.co/fTEoeEtuid — #GoBolts (@TBLightning) May 15, 2016 The nature of Bishop’s injury was not fully revealed, as is common in the NHL today. It was mentioned in the press conference that the location of Bishop’s injury was “lower-leg.” While Ben did note that the injury is “not too painful” right now, he is fully aware that walking on the leg is much different than skating or playing in a game. It was a good sign for the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans that Bishop was shown walking up the stairs and onto the podium for his recent press conference. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who exited Friday night’s game on a stretcher, is day-to-day with a lower body injury. pic.twitter.com/PMXSUFHjfz — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 14, 2016 If however, Bishop is unable to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, he will be sorely missed. Defenseman Victor Hedman recently made this clear in a statement reported by Scott Burnside at ESPN. “Everyone knows he’s probably the best puck-moving goalie out there. One of the best puck-stoppers, as well. He had a Vezina type of season. I think there’s not a team in the world that would miss a player like that.” For goalies with 20 or more starts in the regular season, Bishop was first in the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against-average. Ben was second overall in the NHL with a.926 save percentage, behind only Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. The Lightning will not be able to mask the lack of Bishop’s presence in net. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals though, backup netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy was able to support Tampa Bay as they earned a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh. In that contest, with Bishop injured, Vasilevskiy blocked 25 of 26 shots. The one goal which got past him happened on the power play for the Penguins. Victor Hedman was certainly happy with how Vasilevskiy performed in Bishop’s absence, as quoted by Scott Burnside of ESPN. “When bad things like that happen, we know we have [Vasilevskiy] backing him up. You can’t say enough about how he played. He was calm back there. He made some great saves for us.” Although Bishop has not been ruled out for Game 2, taking into account his injury, Vasilevskiy may very well need to get back in net for Tampa Bay, this time going wire-to-wire. If that’s the case, the Lightning will make due without their starting goaltender, and hope that they get the same performance in net from Vasilevskiy which they saw in Game 1. [Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images]

NHL Centennial Classic 2017: Detroit Red Wings Vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds, TV Start Time & How To Watch Live Online

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are two of the oldest team in the NHL, and today these two historical franchises will meet in the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic. According to a CBC report, today’s game will be played outdoors from BMO Field in Toronto and will be honoring the Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary. What better way to honor 100 years than to play a rival Original Six team in front of over 50,000 fans? While this game is a celebration and milestone event for the Toronto franchise, the Red Wings will have a bit of revenge on their minds when they hit the ice Sunday afternoon. NHL ice crew members will be on stand by in case of bad weather this afternoon. [Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images] Toronto edged Detroit in the 2014 Winter Classic 3-2 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Although tomorrow the official NHL Winter Classic will take place when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues, today’s game will mark the first time two NHL teams have met for the second time in an outdoor game. The atmosphere for today’s NHL Centennial Classic will definitely be electric, however, both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs have not played up to expectations so far this season. We’re coming for ya, Toronto. See you in 5 days. #CentennialClassic pic.twitter.com/NcXiZIjKnO — NHL (@NHL) December 27, 2016 Through 35 games so far, Toronto has just 39 points, however, the Leafs come into today’s game riding a four game winning streak and playing much better hockey than they were a month ago. It has been a slow process, but Toronto coach Mike Babcock has Toronto going in the right direction. The former Red Wings coach knows how much hockey means to both of these cities and how fans live and die with their team each year. Babcock won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings during his time as head coach as he directed the Red Wings to their eleventh Stanley Cup in franchise history and the Wings fourth since 1997. Now as the leader of Toronto, Babcock knows that the Leafs haven’t been relevant in decades – something he is determined to change. “Winning is a fine line,” Babcock said. “I’m not sure there that’s much difference with what we were going through just before we started winning here and what we’ve done (recently).” Babcock also knows how big today’s game is, even though he may be down playing it a bit. It is just another regular season game, but it is against his old team, it’s on national TV, and the Leafs are the host city. It’s big. The puck will be frozen this afternoon in Toronto – literally. [Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images] “When it’s your own team, it’s a chance of a lifetime,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of his third outdoor game. “They’re all special in their own way. The most special thing about it is you get to share it with your alumni and your franchise and your fans but also with your family. That make it beyond special.” While Babcock has the Leafs trending upwards, his former team is off to one of their worst starts in years. The Red Wings have been dismal to say the least so far this season. While they have shown signs of how good the future may be, they have also struggled in many areas, especially on the power play. Detroit is the No. 30 ranked team in scoring with the extra man. Yes, in other words they are the worst in the NHL. They also haven’t found solid line play defending the power play either. For the first time in many season in Hockeytown, things are not running smoothly. The positive is Detroit has one of the youngest teams in the NHL and there is still a lot of season left to keep their 25 year playoff streak rolling. Detroit has just 36 points in 36 games this season. They will have their hands full today vs. Toronto, but a win on the road could be what the Wings need to get back on track. Las Vegas odds makers have Toronto listed as the favorite at -150, with the over/under goal total set at 5.5. The start time for today’s NHL Centennial Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Hockey fans can watch all of the action nationally on NBC. The game will also be streaming live online through the NBC Sports Network. [Featured Image by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images]

Watch Team Canada Vs. Finland Hockey Live Online: Start Time, Streaming Video For 2016 IIHF World Championship Game

Hockey fans can watch the Team Canada vs. Finland game live online and see which team takes home the IIHF World Championship title. The teams are meeting in a rematch of the 2007 finals, when Canada and Finland met in Moscow in the gold medal game. They will face off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be available through livestreaming video for those watching online (a link to the video can be found below). Canada advanced to the IIHF gold medal game after a scrappy performance against Team USA. After Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the American team stormed back with three unanswered goals to take the lead. But Ryan Ellis scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, unleashing a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle to beat American netminder Keith Kinkaid. “His hockey sense is at an elite level and that was a bomb,” Canadian coach Bill Peters (via the CBC). “That’s a world-class shot.” Canadian goaltender Cam Talbot did the rest, holding off a late surge by Team USA and stopping all 11 shots he faced in the third period. He made 30 saves in all, but said it was his teammates who did the real work, holding off a charging American team in the final minute with an extra attacker on the ice. “There’s always going to be pressure when there’s a faceoff in your end 42 seconds left,” Talbot said. “I knew that we were going to do everything that we could to lay down and not let anything get to the net and that’s exactly what we did. We did a great job of keeping them to the outside and blocking shots when they took them.” Fans who watch the Team Canada vs. Finland hockey game live online will also see a Finnish team that cruised to the final on the strength of a 3-1 win over Russia. The team teams faced off in the preliminary round, with Finland defeating Canada 4-0 to hand the Canadians their only loss of the tournament. The Canadian team has been itching for a rematch ever since. “We wanted them [in the final],” Canadian forward Matt Duchene said (via the CBC). “We have some unfinished business with them so it’s going be a tough game. If we beat them it’s going to be very sweet.” Finland beats host Russia 3-1 to reach the final at the 2016 worlds; awaits winner of Canada vs. USA. https://t.co/DquelO8ZHx — Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) May 21, 2016 Duchene said his team nearly missed out on the chance for the gold medal game. He said Team Canada made some mistakes that almost cost them the game, but in the end they were able to outlast the United States. The Canadian players also know they will need to avoid the mistakes in the first loss to Finland when the teams meet again in Sunday’s gold medal game. “Last time we turned the puck over a lot,” noted captain Corey Perry (via the IIHF official website). “They sit back; they like to play that trap game and live on turnovers, and good luck to them. But if we clean that area up, we’ll be OK. It’s a matter of going out and playing the right way. It’s not about revenge; it’s about winning a gold medal. Simple as that. They’re a great hockey team, and they’ve earned that. We’ll be ready. We’ll do our due diligence. There will be plenty of storylines for Sunday’s IIHF World Championship gold medal game. The Canadian team is looking to repeat its title from last year, while Finland is looking to become the first country to win the gold medal in the U18, U20, and World Championship all in one season. Fans who want to watch Team Canada vs. Finland live online can click here for streaming video of the IIHF World Championship gold medal game. [Image via Instagram/IIHF]