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The hockey world championships have been overshadowed by the Olympic tournament since the 1998 Nagano Games Adidas Josh Jooris Jersey , the first to feature NHL players.Not this year.The NHL’s decision to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics had an impact. Amid tepid interest in South Korea, the games were often played in half-empty arenas. It will be a different story in Denmark.The organizers say ticket sales have reached their planned target of 300,000 even before the tournament opens in Copenhagen and Herning on Friday. And there’s no need to worry about a lack of stars. Although Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are busy with their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat, some of the sport’s biggest names will be on the ice in Denmark.Canada will be led by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid after his Edmonton Oilers didn’t make the playoffs, teammate Leon Draisaitl has joined Germany, and the United States will be captained by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.Here’s a look at the annual tournament that will be played in Denmark for the first time:—THE TOURNAMENTThe event has 16 nations playing in two groups of eight, with the top four in each group advancing to the playoffs.Olympic champion Russia, defending champion Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Slovakia, France and Austria are in Group A. Matches will be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.Canada, Finland, the United States, Germany, Norway, Latvia Adidas Timothy Liljegren Jersey , Denmark and South Korea are in Group B. They will play at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.In Friday’s opening games, Canada will take on the United States while Russia faces France.The final is scheduled for May 20.—THE FAVORITESCaptained by McDavid, who just clinched his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 108 points, Canada is the team to beat at the worlds.McDavid and Wayne Gretzky are the only two players in NHL history to win the scoring race more than once at 22 years of age or younger.McDavid will be joined by veteran Buffalo forward Ryan O’Reilly. Both were on the team that won the world title in Russia two years ago.New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who is among the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s rookie of the year, was also named in the squad.”We have a mix of youth, experience and strong leadership qualities among these players as they have represented Canada on the international stage previously from the world juniors up to last year’s championship,” Canada co-general manager Sean Burke said. ”Their previous success and experience can only help us in our ultimate goal of bringing home a gold medal.”The Canadians, who will again be led by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, won the title in 2015 and 2016 after finishing second last year.—RUSSIAN COACH SWAPIn a surprise move less than a month before the worlds, Oleg Znarok stepped down as coach of Russia’s hockey team after leading the country to the Olympic title – its first in 26 years.Playing as ”Olympic Athletes from Russia” because of the country’s punishment for doping, Znarok’s team beat Germany 4-3 in overtime in the final.Znarok became coach in March 2014, taking over a team that lost in the quarterfinals on home ice at the Sochi Olympics. The Russians went on to win the world championship gold that year.He was replaced by Ilya Vorobyov, one of his assistant coaches, but will still work with the team as a consultant.Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, who is in a tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, won’t be available. But Vorobyov can rely on a mixture of NHL-based players and the home talents from the Russia-based KHL, widely considered the strongest league outside the NHL.Florida Panthers right winger Evgenii Dadonov and SKA St. Petersburg veteran Pavel Datsyuk are among those to make sure Russia remains a contender for gold Adidas Tyler Ennis Jersey , even though a lack of the NHL-experienced defensemen and goaltenders could harm the team’s ambitions.—OTHERS TO WATCHThe United States hopes to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish and has a team strong enough to make it happen.Kane’s presence will no doubt improve the quality of play. He last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs, and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.Buffalo Sabres rookie and world junior MVP Casey Mittelstadt was prevented from playing by a groin injury, but some others will be there, including a trio who claimed bronze at the 2015 worlds in the Czech Republic. They include Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, New York Islanders forward Anders Lee and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy. TORONTO (AP) — Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews, the NHL’s second-leading goal-scorer this season, is expected to miss at least four weeks because of an injured left shoulder.The 21-year-old center was placed on injured reserve Monday but will not need surgery. He was injured early in the second period Saturday during Toronto’s 3-2 victory over Winnipeg.“It’s part of the game,” he said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible.”Based on a minimum four-week timeline, Matthews will miss at least 13 games, with his earliest possible return Nov. 26, when Boston plays at Toronto.Defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a clean shoulder-to-shoulder check as Matthews tried to cut in front of the net. Matthews skated to the bench, favoring his left side before heading to the locker room.“I knew the guy was coming,” Matthews said. “(I was) trying to get a shot off, but you don’t really know what to expect because you’re so close to the goalie. He took body, which is what you’re supposed to do, and just caught me on a weird angle.”This month, Matthews became the third player in NHL history with seven straight multipoint games to start a season. He has 10 goals Adidas Antoine Roussel Jersey , tied for second most in the league. He is tied for sixth with 16 pointsMatthews played all 82 games in his rookie season before sitting out 20 times in 2017-18 with various injuries.“You want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Watching the game is probably the worst part. (Not) being around your teammates, being a part of something, I think that’s kind of the hardest thing.”Coach Mike Babcock, whose team was 8-3-0 entering Monday night’s game against Calgary, said he talked with Matthews about how best to deal with the setback.“Be around the group, do what you do, train real hard,” the coach said. “Be better when you come back than you were.”Matthews suffered the same injury to his right shoulder last February and missed 10 games — the third time he was out following back and concussion problems. Still, he finished second on the team in goals (34) and points (63).“He did a ton of work this summer on his shoulders to make sure he was a stronger,” Babcock said. “These things happen. It’s too bad for the kid and yet it’s an opportunity for someone on our team to play more. It’s an opportunity for us to dig in and continue to get better.”With Matthews out, No. 3 center Nazem Kadri has been reunited with wingers Mitch Marner and Patrick Marleau — a trio that had much success in the second half of last season.“My game doesn’t change,” Kadri said. “I’ve got to be responsible defensively and have that offensive flair, especially with the guys I’m playing with.”The newly formed line of John Tavares, Zach Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen rounds out Toronto’s top six forwards.The Maple Leafs are also without winger William Nylander, who was supposed to play alongside Matthews and Marleau. The restricted free agent is trying to work out a new contract.Babcock said that for now Toronto wouldn’t be calling up an extra forward from the American Hockey League.“Everyone’s got to pick up the slack,” Kadri said. “I don’t think it falls on the shoulders of one specific player. Collectively as a group everybody can do a little bit more. We have the depth to temporarily fix the situation.”


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