gaining altitude is so difficult that some teams use oxygen tanks


Just because there weren’t any NHL games didn’t mean there wasn’t great home hockey. TV Last night. Kaiden Guhle and the Oil Kings, champions of the West, have suffered a bad joke from the Cataractes, champions of the QMJHL. Guhle wasn’t easy last night …

The Cats have completed yet another comeback since the start of the playoffs (and the Memorial Cup tournament). After two periods they were down by a goal … and they found a way to equalize the game and win in the regulations (three points in the standings).

The Oil Kings will be back in action tonight against the Sea Dogs host club. Will the QMJHL teams manage to stay Perfect ? Note that the games are presented from 6pm (7pm in Maritimes) on RDS.

Also tonight on TVA Sports there will be two excellent matches.

On TVA Sports 2, CF Montreal will face their sworn enemy in Toronto at 7pm (in Toronto). A win would push Wilfried Nancy’s men to the Canadian championship final, but a defeat would come out of the tournament (and therefore would deprive them of a place in the CONCACAF Champions League, unless they reach the final of MLS Cup). Will Impact be able to perform without Mihailovic and Miller … and after the atrocious match on Saturday night at the Stade Saputo?

And on TVA Sports, the Lightning will try to equalize the Stanley Cup Finals. The lounge athlete will be delighted tonight!

So far, the home team has won each of the three games played in the Grand Final.

Nikita Kucherov and Nick Paul should be able to play, but not Brayden Point. Nazem Nadri may need a little more time. Samuel Girard unfortunately is finished for the series and we can expect to see Darcy Kuemper on the net for Avs, even though he was expelled from the meeting on Monday evening. Let’s say we are far from being entitled to a series of goalkeepers in the final: Vasilevskiy shows an efficiency rate of .879 and Kuemper, of .869. If the lightning comes to raise the Cut for the third consecutive year, will we really give the Conn-Smythe trophy at 88?

Will the straight guy win another Stanley Cup?

José Théodore wanted to remind this morning (in the Journal de Montréal) how important this # 4 match was. A victory for the Lightning in front of his fans and we will be entitled to a new one two of three where the Lightning could surprise and win A game in Denver.

On the other hand, a defeat of Bolts tonight would force them to win three games in a row, including two in Colorado. Mission Impossible ?

We know it is increasingly difficult to win away from home. It has always been like this in the world of sports …

But in Denver it’s even more obvious. Not only would the Lightning have a great challenge on their hands to beat a strong team like Avalanche at home, but having to do it twice at high altitude would represent a huge challenge for Jon Cooper and his men. Teo he recalled that the Avalanche players are used to playing at 1600 meters above sea level … to lack of oxygen, especially at the end of the game … but not to the other team.

“Having played for Avalanche, I can assure you that the elevation aspect is not a myth. The legs get tired; we seek our air and drink a lot of water. I’ve seen teams use oxygen tanks to address this problem. “ – José Teodoro

Teams have already used oxygen tanks to reduce the effect of altitude on their players. Nothing less!

Teo he even remembers watching Martin St-Louis and Vincent Lecavalier fight to finish a game in Denver.

“When (Vincent) trains hard in the gym, it has a peculiarity. His face turns red like a tomato. However, one evening in Denver, at the end of the match, he had this scarlet color, but it was still menacing. I made a nice save against him and he came to see me: “José, I’m completely exhausted. »» – José Teodoro

It is not only for his talent that the Avalanche are 32-5-4 at home in the regular season (2021-22) and 7-2 since the start of the playoffs.

The Lightning don’t just have to fight MacKinnon, Makar, Rantanen, Nichushkin, Toews, Manson, Landeskog and company. It must also do this against altitude and its lack of oxygen in the air. Giving maximum effort is a little more difficult to do at almost 1000 meters above sea level, in fact, maximum effort is reached a little earlier, if you are not used to this lifestyle. This is where the problem arises.

Lot of

– TSN suggests that the Maple Leafs choose Sergei Bobrovsky for a portion of his total salary. [HFeed]

– A Lightning fan dressed as Pat Maroon in the stands. [HockeyBeast]

– The Penguins and (the agent of) Evgeni Malkin would still be far from an agreement. The annual salary would be in question. [HFeed]

– An option for the Canadian at the end (or in the middle) of the first round?

– What a nice gesture!

– It was raining IN They paddock (new) this weekend at the Grand Prix. We see! [JDM]


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