I hope you all had a Merry Christmas yesterday and were able to spend quality time with your family. With Christmas now behind us, we are ready to roll for the next stretch of the NHL season. The next month, aka the lead up to the All-Star break, will set the tone for the final push to the playoffs.
With the NHL off today, most of our spin around the hockey world will focus on the World Junior Championships, which opened earlier today in Buffalo.
Top Hockey News of The Day – December 26
– A week from now the calendar will shift to 2018. As we approach the new year, we’ll have new stories to watch in the NHL. Among them will be John Tavares’ contract situation, the Seattle situation, the Vegas Golden Knights and much more. Tom Gulitti takes a look at some of the players and teams to watch in the New Year for NHL.com.
– Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo was the talk of the NHL on Saturday night when he sucker punched Colorado’s Erik Johnson after throwing a massive hit on Nathan MacKinnon. Rinaldo’s dirty play resulted in an invitation for an in-person hearing by the league, but within the last hour of this writing Rinaldo waived that right and will have a phone hearing tomorrow. Sean Leahy takes a look at the situation for NBC Sports.
– Team Canada will open their portion of the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo on Tuesday against Finland. The defending Silver Medalists will be looking for revenge after falling in the Gold Medal game to Team USA a year ago. Habs Eyes On The Prize previews Team Canada’s opener here.
– Speaking of the reigning champs, Team USA, they also play today. The host nation will battle Denmark Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. live on NHL Network. Our friends over at Habs Eyes on The Prize also previewed Team USA, taking a look at what should be a loaded roster. You can view that preview here.
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