Gaining altitude is so difficult that some teams use tanks

Just because there were no NHL games didn’t mean there wasn’t major hockey at home. TV last night. Kaiden Guhle and the Oil Kings, Champions of the West, were played a very bad trick by the Cataractes, Champions of the QMJHL. Guhle didn’t have it easy last night…

That cats have made another comeback since the start of the playoffs (and the Memorial Cup tournament). They were down by a goal after two periods… and they found a way to level the game and win in regular time (three points in the overall standings).

The Oil Kings will once again take on host club Sea Dogs tonight. Will the QMJHL teams be able to stay? Perfect ? Note that matches will be presented on RDS from 18:00 (19:00 in the Maritimes).

We’re also treated to two superb games tonight on TVA Sports.

CF Montreal meets their sworn enemy from Toronto on TVA Sports 2 at 19:00 (in Toronto). Victory would take Wilfried Nancy’s men to the Grand Finals of the Canadian Championship, but defeat would would go out of the tournament (and would thereby deprive them of a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League unless they reach the final of the MLS Cup). Will the Impact be able to perform without Mihailovic and Miller… and after a terrible game last Saturday night at the Stade Saputo?

And at TVA Sports, the Lightning will be looking to make the Stanley Cup Finals. The lounge athlete will be happy tonight!

So far, the home team has won each of the three games played in the Grand Final.

Nikita Kucherov and Nick Paul should be able to play, but not Brayden Point. Nazem Nadri may need some more time. Unfortunately, Samuel Girard is finished for the series and we can expect to see Darcy Kuemper online Avs, even though he was barred from Monday night’s session. Let’s say we’re far from claiming a goalkeeping streak in the final: Vasilevskiy boasts an efficiency percentage of 0.879 and Kümper’s 0.869. When the lightning comes to increase that choppy Are we really going to award the Conn Smythe trophy to #88 for the third year in a row?

Will the straight guy win another Stanley Cup?

José Théodore recalled this morning (in the Journal de Montréal) how important Match #4 was. One victory for the Lightning in front of his followers and we’re entitled to another one two of three where the Flash could surprise and win A game in Denver.

On the other hand, a defeat by screws tonight would force her to win three straight games, including two in Colorado. Impossible Mission ?

We know it’s getting harder and harder to win away from home. It’s always been like this in the sports world…

But in Denver it’s even more obvious. Not only would it be quite a challenge for the Lightning to beat a team as good as the Avalanche at home, it would also be a tall order for Jon Cooper and his men to do it twice at high altitude. The O recalled that the Avalanche players are used to playing at 1600 meters … lack of oxygen, especially at the end of the game … but not the other team.

“Having played for the Avalanche, I can assure you that the Height Aspect is not a myth. The legs get tired; we seek our air and we drink a lot of water. I’ve seen teams use oxygen tanks to solve this problem. » – Jose Theodore

Teams have used oxygen cylinders to reduce the effects of altitude on their players. Not less!

The O even remembers Martin St-Louis and Vincent Lecavalier fighting to finish a game in Denver.

“When he (Vincent) trains hard in a gym, he has a special feature. His face turns red like a tomato. But one night in Denver, at the end of the meeting, he was that scarlet color, but he was still menacing. I made a good save against him and he came to me: “José, I’m completely burned out. » » – Jose Theodore

It’s not just because of his talent that the Avalanche are 32-5-4 at home in the regular season (2021-22) and 7-2 since the start of the playoffs.

The Lightning not only have to fight against MacKinnon, Makar, Rantanen, Nichushkin, Toews, Manson, Landeskog and Co. He also has to do this against the altitude and the lack of oxygen in the air. At almost 1000 meters above sea level it’s a bit harder to reach your peak performance, in fact peak performance is reached a little earlier if you’re not used to that lifestyle. Here the problem arises.


– TSN suggests the Maple Leafs will go to Sergei Bobrovsky for a portion of his total salary. [HFeed]

– A Lightning fan dressed as Pat Maroon in the stands. [HockeyBeast]

– The penguins and (the agent of) Evgeni Malkin were still far from an agreement. The annual salary would be an issue. [HFeed]

– An option for the Canadian at the end (or middle) of the first half of the season?

– What a nice touch!

– It rained IN she paddock (new) that weekend at the main prize. Just take a look! [JDM]

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