NHL notebook: Scrivens to start for Canada

Slovakia's Miroslav Satan scores on Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens during the world championship...

Slovakia's Miroslav Satan scores on Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens during the world championship in Minsk May 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens will start for Canada against Denmark Thursday at the world championship in Minsk, Belarus.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess who will be Canada’s No. 1 goalie.

Scrivens beat Slovakia in his first international start on Saturday while James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs split his first two starts, losing in a shootout to France before beating the Czech Republic. Canada plays Denmark and Italy on back-to-back days but coach Dave Tippett wouldn’t tip his hand who would start Friday.

“They each got two, we’ll revisit (Thursday) night,” Tippett said.

Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes is also on the Canadian roster but Tippett didn’t say if he was in the mix to start against the Italians.

Canada, winners of three straight after being stunned by France in the opener, is second to unbeaten Sweden in Group A, one point behind the front-runners.

Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula was added to the Finland roster Wednesday and is expected to join the team Thursday in Minsk.

In games Wednesday, Slovakia beat Norway 5-2; Switzerland downed Germany 3-2; the Czechs shut out Italy 2-0; and Russia ran over Kazakhstan 7-2.

NO CHANGES IN SAN JOSE?

Looks like the San Jose Sharks won’t be making a shakeup of the front office and coaching staff.

The Sharks blew a 3-0 lead in the first round of the NHL playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings and were eliminated in seven games. It was the latest playoff choke job by the Sharks, who finished fourth in the Western Conference with a 51-22-9 record and were expected to contend for the Stanley Cup.

“I am very disappointed in the way our team finished the 2013-14 season,” Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “Gaining a 3-0 series advantage and being unable to advance is a major blow to our organization and fan base. Our teams have been consistently built to go deep into the playoffs and this goal won’t change.

“(General manager) Doug Wilson and I have met over the past two weeks. He has shared his support of the coaching staff (led by Todd McLellan), as well as his recommended changes to our team’s roster, and he has my complete support moving forward. I am confident that with the proposed changes, Doug and his staff will build a team we can all be proud of.”

KHL NOT ON MCDAVID’S RADAR

Forward Connor McDavid, considered the top prospect for the 2015 NHL draft, isn’t planning on jumping to the KHL before then.

McDavid, who plays for the Erie Otters of the OHL, was a second-round draft pick of Zagreb of the KHL last week. But he told TSN radio Wednesday that he doesn’t expect to play in the Russia-based league.

“It was pretty cool honestly to get drafted over there, but by no means is that the end goal at all,” McDavid said.

McDavid had 28 goals and 71 assists in 56 games with Erie this season, his second in the OHL. He was named a second-team OHL all-star on Wednesday.


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