Blashill backing his team for glory
United States coach Jeff Blashill has the lead in the lead as his team prepares to face Britain at the world championships later today.
The Detroit Red Wings boss is behind the bench for his third straight competition, looking to improve the bronze medal won by his team in Denmark last year.
But he admits that they have a lot of work to do after winning two wins in three games, including an overtime win over Finland on Monday.
"We are a team that has, in recent years, taken good roads to win, but that did not happen," said the 45-year-old British Ice Hockey player.
"Two years later, we won six consecutive preliminary group games last year and went to Finland in the quarter-finals. Last year, we lost a team that lost to Sweden in the semifinals. team good enough to win.
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"With our membership list, we need to create momentum. We have had many NHL players to agree to come and with the team at our disposal, we want to be here and win.
"It's easy to talk and to have the right composition, but you have to go out and do it and put yourself in a position to do the work to get the results."
"We have a lot of work ahead of us and we feel that our alignment is good enough to compete at the highest level."
Blashill chose the players he was relying on in this competition, with a team consisting of three-time Stanley Cup winner Patrick Kane.
But admits he still does not know about Pete Russell's British team before his match, as both sides tackle the points on their last outing to Kosice.
He added: "Certainly, I do not know much about the GB team. We just focused on our game and we will take a closer look at them from the games they played.
"We simply focus on our own team, we improve and build throughout the competition.
"As far as our team is concerned, having a guy like Patrick Kane, who's one of the best players in the world, is great, but we're lucky on the front. We have a lot of depth among the best players in the NHL.
"Jack Eichel, Dylan Larkin and Johnny Gaudreau had good seasons, as well as Jack Hughes, who may be the first pick in the repechage this year.
"In the back, Ryan Suter participates in his eleventh edition for the national team and it's something special. He plays tons of minutes, defends himself well and plays effective minutes, so that we feel as good about our defensive core. "