Where: Verizon Center, Washington DC
When: 7pm EST
Where to Watch: ESPN proper! You don't have to use a stream! It is also on Sportsnet
Any Bruins Playing?: America sends David Backes to play in tonight's game, presumedly playing with James Van Reimsdyk and Brandon Dubinsky. It'll be known closer to game time whether or not Tuukka Rask will start for the Finns.
Should You Watch?: This is the first game on ESPN proper, so for the novelty of that alone you should be interested in watching. On top of that, this is the final time you will get to see Team USA and Team Finland in an exhibition game before these games actually count for something. On top of that, we're seeing an as of yet unique matchup for the tournament, so the novelty of these two playing each other is there.
On top of that, Team USA's hit-heavy attack plan should be an interesting to the smooth skating and cycling Finland has been displaying lately and exposing the two to each other ought to be an interesting mix.
Projected Finnish Lines:
Jussi Jokinen - Aleksander Barkov - Patrik Laine
Leo Komarov - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund
Joonas Donskoi - Jori Lehtera - Teuvo Teravainen
Erik Haula - Valtteri Filppula - Lauri Korpikoski
Olli Maata - Sami Vatanen
Esa Lindell - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jyrkki Jokipakka - Sami Lepisto
Pekka Rinne/Tuukka Rask
And the Projected US lines are here:
Max Pacioretty - Joe Pavelski - Patrick Kane
Zach Parise - Derek Stepan - Blake Wheeler
Justin Abdelkader - Ryan Kesler (lol probably not) - TJ Oshie
James Van Reimsdyk - David Backes - Dustin Byfuglien because sure why not
Matt Niskanen - Ryan McDonagh
Ryan Suter - John Carlson
Jack Johnson - Erik Johnson
Ben Bishop/Jonathan Quick
This will be updated as it gets closer to game time.
So, what's on tap? I know I got a brand new bottle of Appleton Estates rum. mmm, mmm....Rum.