According to CBC on Saturday, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers are improving their chances of being named to the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team because of strong play as of late.
Since December 11, Giroux has five goals and ten assists for 15 points in only eight games. The fact he is heating up with Team Canada going to be announced on January 7 is significant. Giroux missed the Canadian Olympic orientation camp in August because of a broken finger he suffered while golfing.
Duchene meanwhile got high praise from CBC's top hockey analyst, former Boston Bruins' head coach Don Cherry.
Cherry believes Duchene would be a huge asset for Team Canada because of his speed which he would be able to utilize on the Olympic ice surface. Duchene has also been a point per game player this year (34 points in 34 games) and has led an Avalanche team which was the second worst in the NHL a year ago to a legitimate playoff contender.
The players under consideration who are cold at the moment are Rick Nash of the New York Rangers and Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.
Nash only has two goal and three assists in 12 games in December, while Couture only has one goal and two assists in 12 December games after an excellent start to the year.