Montreal Canadiens: Jacob de La Rose and Sweden are in the Quarter Finals
The Worlds are moving on to the plays and Montreal Canadiens centre Jacob de La Rose and Sweden are looking to capitalize off a dominating preliminary round.
The round robin at the 2018 World Hockey Championships is over. Eight teams have qualified for Quarter Finals extending the Montreal Canadiens representation at the tournament.
Charlie Lindgren and Team USA finished second in Group B with 16 points. The United States went 6-0-1 outscoring their opponents 39-16. Scott Darling and Keith Kinkaid have seen the bulk of the teamâs starts in goal. The closes Lindgren got to playing was when he backed up Darling in Americaâs 13-1 shelling to Korea.
The Odds of the 24-year-old are pretty slim if he couldnât get some time in a dominating performance like that. Team USA will be taking on the Czech Republic in the first round of the Quarter Finals making it the se cond time Lindgren will see Tomas Plekanec as an enemy.
Jacob de La Rose and Sweden emerged as the tournamentâs best team. Leading all nations in points (20) and wins (6 in regulation, 1 in overtime), Sweden is by far the team to beat.
The 22-year-old has seen around 12:30 a game on the fourth line with Magnus Paajarvi and Johan Larsson. But coach Rikard Gronborg has also played him with Andreas Kempe and Victor Arvidsson at times.
Itâs been more of a defensive role for de La Rose considering the amount of offensive talent Sweden already has. However, the Montreal Canadiens centre found some offence scoring his first goal of the tournament against Slovakia. Kempe found de La Rose in front of the net to increase Swedenâs lead to 3-1.
Their Quarter Finals start with Latvia who shouldnât be a problem seeing as the other teams theyâve managed to beat.
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Unfortunately, the Worlds ended for Markus Eisenschmid. Germany failed to qualify for the playoffs after finishing sixth in Group B with only two wins. The silver lining of their performance this year was that they were able to get a big victory against Finland.
Germany went into the third period with a 2-1 lead, but Sebastian Aho tied it up with nearly two minutes left. Things started to open up in overtime and Eisenschmid and Dominik Kahun found themselves on a two on one. It was great patience from Kahun to wait out the defending Finish player and pass it over to Eisenschmid for the winner.
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Itâll be interesting to see which Montreal Canadiens player gets the furthest in the tournament. Sweden looks to have the edge over everyone else which is good for de La Rose. After a trying season in Montreal, getting some gold may be a good way to finish his year.Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden