You are not a bad Canadian for opting for extra sleep before studying Slepyshev.
Canada resumes action at the world junior championship early Friday, but its game vs. Slovakia is essentially the warm-up (loosely speaking given the climate in Ufa) is the matinee before the feature performance. The outcome between Team USA and Team Russia — former Sarnia Sting teammates and still good friends Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov going head-to-head — will give the winner a huge leg up toward a top placing in the Group B.
Canada, based on form, should be able to take Slovakia. That helps make the argument to grab more Z's in order to be more mentally alert when Canada's next two opponents play at a more reasonable hour. You never know, coach Steve Spott might call you to ask if you saw anything that can be exploited with either team's penalty kill or its defensive positioning. Every armchair has her/his day. You gotta believe.
Here is what to watch for on Day 3:
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