Canada had a few disturbing glitches in its WJHC opener against the US. It doesn’t much matter that they lost, but the seriousness of the consistent breakdowns makes me wonder if Canada is really as prepared as they need to be. It’s one thing to be rusty with passes to new linemates and maybe not as crisp on the power play or something. Consistently giving up so much space in the high slot and allowing somewhat easy entry into the zone are things that might be a little harder to fix. The game against Denmark was an obvious offensive improvement, and full marks to Canadian coach Dave Lowry for shuffling the lines and getting some guys going. It was more of an individual skill vs. individual skill domination though. As far as a team system test this didn’t shed any light on whether the needed adjustments have been made.
I hope for Canada’s sake the Swiss give them all they can handle to offer true preparation for what will likely become a very important New Year’s Eve contest against surging Sweden.