The first regular-season NHL games in Sweden were also played in 2008; Swede Daniel Alfredsson collected two assists in the second one, an Ottawa Senators victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. This weekend’s games will feature seven Swedish-born players: Buffalo’s Linus Ullmark, Rasmus Dahlin, Lawrence Pilut, Marcus Johansson, Johan Larsson and Victor Olofsson, and Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, who is expected to suit up despite having missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury. While the games are always a fun element to the season, four points will be up for grabs as Buffalo (9-4-2) looks to end a two-game losing streak and Tampa Bay (6-5-2) tries to right the ship.What are the dates and times of the 2019 Global Series?Friday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ETSaturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m. ETOn what channel is the Global Series being aired? Friday, Nov. 8: NBCSN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)Saturday, Nov. 9: NHL Network/MSG-B/SUN (U.S.), SN1 (Canada)Which teams are in the Global Series?The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Buffalo Sabres in the back-to-back series.Where is the Global Series being played?The Global Series will be played at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Which teams have played in previous Global Series?DateResultLocationOct. 4, 2019Philadelphia Flyers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3Prague, Czech RepublicNov. 2, 2018Florida Panthers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2Helsinki, FinlandNov. 1, 2018Winnipeg Jets 4, Florida Panthers 2Helsinki, FinlandOct. 6, 2018New Jersey Devils 5, Edmonton Oilers 2Gothenburg, SwedenNov. 11, 2017Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3Stockholm, SwedenNov. 10, 2017Ottawa Senators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)Stockholm, Sweden The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to compete in the latest version of the Global Series. Their two-game set in Stockholm, Sweden, will mark the 33rd and 34th regular-season games to be played outside North America in NHL history. Each team has played abroad once before — Tampa Bay lost two games to the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2008, and the Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in Helsinki, Finland, and Berlin, Germany, respectively, in 2011.
“It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.“Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated.”Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: “We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn’t generate even more anxiety.“Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance.”Messi’s future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina’s elimination.According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the ‘Albiceleste’ were saddled with excessive expectations at the World Cup, stifling the performances of his players, including Lionel Messi.Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France.Even before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country’s football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.“The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted” to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.“At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it’s like we’re expected to win.“This is not possible. If we don’t win, it’s him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can’t play, and you can’t enjoy it.”He added: “The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.
Nike is pulling shoes with an early American flag design after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick complained.The Wall Street Journal reports the former 49ers quarterback told Nike he and others consider the Betsy Ross flag offensive because it was flown at a time when slavery was common in a number of states. The flag with 13 stars in a circle on a blue field, and 13 red and white stripes, was flown during the Revolutionary War and early days of the U.S.Nike had planned to release the shoes in celebration of the Fourth of July.