U.S. captain 'relaxed' ahead of Canada world junior game

Canada's goalie Malcolm Subban (30) guards the net with teammates Xavier Ouellet (16) and Mark...

Canada's goalie Malcolm Subban (30) guards the net with teammates Xavier Ouellet (16) and Mark McNeill (24) as Team USA's Sean Kuraly (7) and Riley Barber (16) go for the puck during the second period of their preliminary round game at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, December 30, 2012. (REUTERS)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

MALMO, SWEDEN - Riley Barber won’t have much to say to his teammates on Tuesday.

But the short message that the captain of the United States will take to his teammates before they play Canada should carry a lot of weight.

“Relax,” Barber said. “It’s going to be loud, it’s going to be a big rivalry, you know how high-profile a lot of the (Canadians) are. It should be a test, but just relax.”

The Americans find themselves in a sweet spot heading into their last game of the preliminary round.

 


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