NHL playoffs 2019: Penguins GM never saw point where ‘guys came together as a team’ Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman is returning to Detroit to become the team’s general manager, according to multiple reports.The Red Wings have announced a 3 p.m. ET news conference Friday in Detroit with owner Chris Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland and Yzerman. Holland — who has been the Red Wings GM since 1997, leading the team to four Stanley Cups — is expected to stay on as a senior vice president, according to the reports.BREAKING: The Red Wings will introduce Steve Yzerman as their new GM this afternoon, Ken Holland to remain as Sr Vice President. https://t.co/21BaPpS6s2— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) April 19, 2019Yzerman, 53, has been with the Lightning for nine seasons, the first eight as GM before moving into a consulting role this season in the final year of his contract. Related News At an end-of-season news conference April 8, Holland, 63, said he would remain the team’s general manager “until I’m not managing the Detroit Red Wings” (per the Detroit News), as rumors of Yzerman’s return swirled.A Hall of Fame player who captained the team for two decades, Yzerman was a key player on three Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit. In 22 seasons with the Red Wings, he scored 692 goals and amassed 1,755 points. He retired after the 2005-06 season, moving into the team’s front office as a vice president. Under Yzerman, the Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015. This season, Tampa Bay tied the Red Wings’ record for most victories in a single season (62). However, the Lightning’s postseason came to a crashing halt as the top seeds were swept out in the first round by the Blue Jackets.That immediately reheated speculation that had simmered all season over not if, but when Yzerman might return to the Red Wings, a proud franchise that has missed the playoffs the past three seasons.
Two of the world juniors powerhouses — Sweden and Russia — meet in the semifinal on Saturday. The winner plays for gold on Sunday while the loser goes for bronze with the possibility of walking away empty-handed.The Swedes have yet to lose a game and easily defeated the host Czechs in the quarterfinals. A squad jam-packed with talent, they’ve potted a tournament-high 25 goals while allowing a low-leading eight. Vancouver Canucks prospect Nils Hoglander leads the tournament with 10 points (five goals, five assists). Samuel Fagemo, the Los Angeles Kings second-round pick in 2019, is first in goals scored with six. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin has been a bit banged up in this one — taking a couple of slashes to the arm — but has been a key offensive threat with five assists. Here is how you can watch the semifinal matchup between Sweden and Russia on Saturday:How to watch Sweden vs. RussiaTV channel (U.S.): NHL NetworkTV channel (Canada): TSNLive stream (Canada): TSN LiveSweden vs. Russia: When is puck drop?Date: Saturday, Jan. 4Time: 9 a.m. ETWorld Juniors 2020: Four reasons the United States was handed an early exit Full World Junior Championship scheduleSATURDAY, JAN. 4SF: Sweden vs. Russia9 a.m.TSN, NHLNSF: Canada vs. Finland1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, JAN. 5Bronze-medal game9 a.m.TSN, NHLNGold-medal game1 p.m.TSN, NHLN(All times Eastern) ‘IT’S GOLD OR BUST’: NHL players look back on World Junior Championship memoriesRussia enters the semis coming off a 3-1 win over Switzerland. Yaroslav Askarov has had an up-and-down tourney but stopped 14 of 15 shots in net on Thursday. Expected to go high in the 2020 draft, a rarity for backstops, he should be in between the pipes on Saturday. The Russians have a balanced lineup and regularly roll four lines that can bury the puck. Five of their skaters are tied with six points: Nikita Alexandrov (goal, five assists), Kirill Marchenko (two goals, four assists), Dmitri Voronkov (three goals, three assists) Grigori Denisenko (two goals, four assists) and Alexander Khovanov (two goals, four assists).