Curling will be the primary focus this weekend with the Canadian Olympic Mixed Doubles Curling Trials from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The double knockout portion from round eight will conclude on Saturday morning (www.cbcsports.ca, 6am PT) followed by an entertaining page playoff that goes Saturday and Sunday. Two teams were undefeated during the round robin—Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer, Alberta and Brett Gallant of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island as well as Laura Crocker of Edmonton, Alberta and Geoff Walker of Beaverlodge, Alberta. CBC will have three draws this weekend on television. The 3-4 game on Saturday (CBC, 10am PT), the 1-2 game on Saturday (CBC, 1pm PT) and the championship final on Sunday (CBC, 11am PT). The semi-final will be on www.cbcsports.ca on Saturday (CBC, 5pm PT).
Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend:
Saturday & Sunday—World Cup bobsled—www.cbcsports.ca—The best two-man bobsledders in the world will be competing on Saturday for a World Cup in Altenberg, Germany. Canada is 1-2 in the World Cup standings. Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia is the leader with 1014 points. He is followed by Chris Spring of Calgary, Alberta, who is in second place with 963 points. Kripps is leading the World Cup standings for two-man despite not winning an event this season. He finished second in Lake Placid, Whistler and Innsbruck before Christmas. The second run will take place 9:50am PT.
On Sunday, it will be a four-man competition (second run, 6:20 am PT). Kripps is in third place in the World Cup standings after silver medals in Park City and Innsbruck. He trails two Germans in the World Cup standings—Johannes Lochner and Nico Walther.
Saturday—NHL—Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars—Sportsnet—12pm PT—The Edmonton Oilers got a big win on Thursday when they beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in a shootout. It was the Oilers first win since Christmas after going 0-3- 1 in their first four games since the holiday break. The Stars are in fourth place in the Central Division at 23-16- 3. Oilers captain Connor McDavid is ninth in scoring in the NHL with 46 points (14 goals and 32 assists).
Saturday—World Cup moguls—www.cbcsports.ca—1:15 pm PT—Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park will be the site for World Cup moguls this weekend. The women’s finals will be at 1:15 pm PT, followed by the men’s final at 1:25 pm PT. Mikael Kingsbury of Ste-Agathe- des-Monts, Quebec leads the World Cup standings in men’s moguls with 300 points. So far this year he has won all three World Cup events he has entered in—one in Ruka, Finland and two in Thaiwoo, China. Meanwhile on the women’s side, Andi Naude is the surprise top Canadian, as she is in third place behind Jaelin Kauf of the United States and
Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan.
Saturday—NHL—Vancouver Canucks @ Toronto Maple Leafs—CBC—4pm PT—The ice cold Vancouver Canucks begin a seven game road trip that will not see them have another home game until January 23.
The Canucks have only won once in their last seven games and were dominated in a 5-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. In that game, former Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller made 31 saves for the shutout. The Maple Leafs meanwhile are making headlines for one of the most funniest events of the 2017-18 NHL season. On Thursday night in a 3-2 Toronto win over the San Jose Sharks, Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri ripped Joe Thornton’s beard off in a fight. Simply put, this was must see TV. To see
the beard ripping, please click here.