Weekend Sports Preview-What to watch

Brad Jacobs

The focus this weekend is on the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa. This could be considered the best and most intense curling tournament on the planet as the stakes are extremely high. The men’s and women’s winner will represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and feel even more pressure. No Canadian curling team wants to be known as the very first team not to win a medal for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games.

The first five draws take place at 11am PT and 4pm PT on Saturday and then at 6am PT, 11am PT and 4pm PT on Sunday. It will be a tough start for Kelowna’s John Morris. He has reigning Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs on Saturday and then Mike McEwen (considered by many as the best Canadian curler never to have won the Brier) on Sunday. All draws can be seen on TSN.

Here are the other events I will be tuning into this weekend with Canadian content:

Saturday—World Cup Alpine Skiing—www.cbcsports.ca—10am PT—The world’s best alpine skiers will be competing this weekend in Beaver Creek, Colorado for a men’s downhill. Dustin Cook of Toronto, Ontario will look to rekindle his magic in Beaver Creek after winning the silver medal in the men’s super giant slalom on the same American hill at the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships. Canadian skiing star Erik Guay will miss this weekend because of a knee injury.

Saturday—World Cup Speed Skating—www.cbcsports.ca—11am PT—The Olympic Oval in Calgary will be the site for the world’s best speed skaters this weekend. Saturday’s events are the men’s and women’s 1000m and the men’s and women’s team pursuit. It was a great 2017 World Cup speed skating season for Vincent De Haitre of Ottawa, Ontario, as he finished second in the men’s 1000m at the World Speed Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea and second in the men’s 1000m World Cup standings.

Saturday—NHL—Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames—CBC–7pm PT—The Oilers will be trying to bounce back after a tough 6-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in a game that saw Kris Russell score in his own net with about a minute left. The Flames meanwhile shutout the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 in their last game. Flames goaltender Mike Smith has had a solid season as he has a .924 save percentage. The Flames are third in the Pacific Division with 29 points, while the Oilers are six points back of the San Jose Sharks for the final playoff spot in the West.

Sunday—NHL—Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets—Sportsnet—4pm PT—The ice cold Ottawa Senators meet the red hot Winnipeg Jets Sunday. The Senators have now lost seven straight games, and is ironic that since the acquisition of Matt Duchene from Colorado, the Senators have a record of two wins and seven losses. The Jets are 7-3 in their last ten games and are in second place in the Central Division with 34 points.

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