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To help set the stage, Sporting News dove into the numbers from the last three seasons of this great rivalry, starting with the Four Nations Cup and carrying it through the 19 games since.
The Records USA: CAN: The Americans have had a clear edge in the series over the past three seasons, which is highlighted by a record in games where a gold medal or the Four Nations Cup were on the line. After being beat-up by Canada in the six-game exhibition series leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics, Team USA has won six of the last nine meetings; however, Canada did win two games in the three-game Rivalry Series.
Quick Hits In the last few years, 15 games between USA and Canada have been decided by two goals or less; four of those games have required overtime.
This is especially true when considering the team that has scored the first goal of the game has won USA, in particular, has enjoyed a lot of success early in games.
So just how close are these two teams matched? There have been 84 goals scored in this series since the Four Nations tournament in Finland and USA has scored 44 of them — a four-goal margin.
With Shot totals are typically a good indication of possession, especially in larger sample sizes. Part of the Americans' edge in generating shots is likely due to their success in drawing penalties.
They have had nine more power play opportunities than Canada in this window. If we exclude the Rivalry Series and the six-game friendly series before the Olympics, Team Canada is averaging 5.
Despite that, the edge in special teams goes to Canada. It looks like Canada did some major work on special teams after allowing six power-play goals to the U.
In spite of all of that firepower, Canada has held American skaters to a combined 7. Top Performers Both teams have players who seem to take their already elite skills to another level when they face each other.
The big forward, who was recently named the top female hockey player in the world by the NHLPA, has 10 goals and 15 primary points against Canada in that window.
What a shot. What a goal. What a game.
|Tournament began Friday in Plymouth, Michigan||The unusual format of the Olympic tournament has put the United States and Canada in the same group before they are split up in the elimination round to set up a potential collision course for the gold-medal game. Both teams cruised through their first two Olympic contests with an eye on Wednesday night, which will serve as a litmus test for the gold-medal hopes of the North American rivals.|
|WATCH LIVE: Women's Hockey||Defensive lapses meant two early Canadian goals, the transition game struggled and, despite a late push, the U.|
|Rivalry Series in Women's Hockey: USA vs. Canada||Structural changes and NHL partnerships — [ edit ] On August 4, , the league announced that all four inaugural season jersey designs would be retired and replaced with new uniform designs that were voted upon by fans.|
|The Globe and Mail||Eric Sorensen reports on the gold medal glory.|
Knight is simply as good as it gets. Brianna Decker Decker is the player to watch on the power play when Canada and the U. She has picked up six points on the power play over the last three seasons, which is more than any other skater.
Decker and Knight lead all U.
Decker is one of just four players in that span to score seven or more goals. She missed the entire Clarkson Cup Playoffs but took to the ice for warmups and the ceremonial face off in the Clarkson Cup Final on March The two-time Olympic gold medalist has a.
She started her Worlds with a six-save shutout against Team Switzerland Thursday morning.