The World Cup of Hockey wraps up its exhibition schedule Wednesday with a double-header in Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center that will feature three Sabres.
Team North America and Jack Eichel meet the Czech Republic in the 3:30 game, which is available online at ESPN3. The under-24 squad has scored 11 goals in winning its first two games -- even though neither Eichel nor Connor McDavid have scored. Eichel has two assists and McDavid has yet to post a point. It will be a homecoming for five Team NA players from the Pittsburgh area.
In the 7:30 game (ESPN2), Canada meets Russia in a game that will feature Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on opposite teams. The Russian team also features new Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly was named to Team Canada to replace injured Tyler Seguin Tuesday night and headed to Pittsburgh to be available for Wednesday's game.
On Tuesday night in Washington, Team USA held off Finland, 3-2, in its final tuneup. Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen led the Finns in ice time for the third straight game, playing 24:58 and assisting on the Finns' first goal. Team USA is going to go with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick as its starting goaltender.
After their exhibition finales, all teams immediately head to Toronto to begin practice and hold Media Day Thursday in Air Canada Centre. The first games are Saturday, with Team USA meeting Team Europe at 3:30 and Team Canada meeting the Czech Republic at 8. Team North America opens its schedule Sunday night at 8 against Finland, meaning an Eichel-Ristolainen matchup is in the offing.