NHL

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Scrivens to start against Denmark as Canada seeks to make work pay off

  • Print

MINSK, Belarus - Canada's Ben Scrivens will start against Denmark and may have an opportunity to claim the No. 1 goaltender job at the world hockey championship.

The Edmonton Oilers netminder allowed one goal on 24 shots in beating Slovakia on Saturday in the first international game of his career. James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs stopped 57 of the 62 shots he faced in his two games: a shootout loss to France and a victory over the Czech Republic.

Coach Dave Tippett said he didn't know if those goaltenders split the next two games, given that Canada plays back-to-back against Denmark and then Italy on Friday.

"They each got two, we'll revisit tomorrow night," Tippett said after Wednesday's practice at Chizhovka-Arena.

Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes is the third goaltender on the roster. Tippett hasn't revealed if the veteran would get a start in Minsk.

Despite two days off since holding on to beat the Czechs on Monday, Tippett was insistent his team get two practices in before getting back into game action. He was satisfied with what got accomplished as far as teaching and learning.

"We got some good work in, just a little bit of tactical stuff, a little bit of special-teams stuff," Tippett said. "It's a good couple days, and now we jump into back-to-back games."

After three games, Canada is in second place in Group A with seven points. Sweden, which is undefeated but needed a shootout to beat the Czech Republic, is in first with eight points.

On paper, Denmark and Italy aren't the biggest challenges for Canada, but an opening loss to France showed players nothing is guaranteed at this tournament. Tippett said those teams like to keep it tight and are hard to play against.

But with a roster of all NHL players, the next couple results likely hinge more on how Canada plays. It's Tippett's hope that his team is better than it was in the third period against the Czech Republic, when it almost let a three-goal lead slip away.

"We got to do a much better job with the puck and holding the puck," he said. "We had so many turnovers, even in the offensive zone. We didn't give ourselves a chance to play in the offensive zone. I thought, actually, our defending was decent — we just defended too much."

With that in mind, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Jason Garrison pointed to offensive-zone play as an area of focus the past two days. What made Canada's Sochi Olympic team so good defensively was being on the attack so often, and it's a recipe this group would like to replicate.

"I think it's just learning how to play that style (on the big ice)," Garrison said. "There's a couple different things that we're being taught out here, and it's helping out. It's helping the forwards kind of gain possession and keep possession in the offensive zone and then it leads to scoring chances instead of just one (shot) and out."

The Canadians were outshot 34-20 by the Czech Republic and could thank Reimer for keeping them in the game early and saving them late. Two power-play goals thanks to a five-minute major on Czech forward Jan Kovar for slashing Canadian captain Kevin Bieksa helped, but after also giving up another goal on the penalty kill, special teams is an area of emphasis, as well.

"We scored a couple power-play goals, but we obviously could've capitalized a lot more," Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Ellis said. "I think that and the PK are going to be big parts of our game moving forward, and our penalty kill I think we've let a goal in every game, so I think that's something we're going to have to kind of shore up here and really bear down. Obviously staying out of the box is a big part of that, but when we do get down, just killing them off."

Canada has a tournament-worst 60 per cent success rate on the penalty kill and is just 3 for 16 on the power play.

Players also worked on the shootout at the end of Wednesday's practice. Kyle Turris, Sean Monahan and Matt Read — the three best percentage shooters on the team based on this past regular season — went 0-for-3 against France's Cristobal Huet last week.

NOTES — Denmark features four NHL players in defenceman Philip Larsen of the Oilers, forwards Jannik Hansen and Nicklas Jensen of the Canucks and winger Mikkel Boedker of the Phoenix Coyotes.

---

Follow @SWhyno on Twitter

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Glenn January won't blame offensive line for first loss

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Down the Hatch- A pelican swallows a fresh fish that it caught on the Red River near Lockport, Manitoba. Wednesday morning- May 01, 2013   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(  Standup photo)-    A butterfly looks for nector on a lily Tuesday afternoon in Wolseley-JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- June 22, 2010

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google