"Me and Derek (Stepan) are both roommates on the road and have had a good 2 days of practice trying to prepare for team Austria...We're both really excited to get the games under way here in Slovakia."
Chris Kreider is also on Team USA, which plays Austria this morning at 10:15 a.m. on Versus.
For game notes click here.
In other Worlds news, Marian Gaborik and host country Slovakia defeated Slovenia 3-1 in both teams opener. Gaborik had six shots, including a breakaway, but he couldn't beat Slovenian goaltender Robert Kristan.
The Rangers website has more on Gaborik's performance here.
...nice to see Gaborik have a strong game, but lets be honest folks he needs to score some goals to get some confidence going into next season.