Group A Preliminary Games
The two teams atop Group A are going head to head in what is surely the key to one of these teams finishing atop the group. Sweden is expected to have Gustav Forsling after he missed the opener but William Nylander is expected to be out after suffering an injury in the first game. For the US, after beating Canada they have to face a very good Swedish team. Both teams are coming off of a day off and it should be a very good game. The game will be shown on TSN 1/3 and RDS in Canada, NHL Network in the United States.
Denmark is coming off of their first regulation win in their history in this tournament. They lost to Canada in last year's quarterfinal. Canada will be looking to rebound after a tough loss to the US. It may be Mason McDonald's last chance to impress before Mackenzie Blackwood returns from his suspension. A win is necessary for Canada to have any chance of finishing close to the top in Group A. The game will be on TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS. It can be streamed on TSN GO. NHL Network will carry it in the US.
Group B Preliminary Games
7 AM ET: Czech Republic vs Slovakia
The Czech Republic went through three games, including pre-tournament, and allowed two goals including games against Canada and Russia. The bad news is that they have scored two goals in those two games (five came in a 5-0 win over Denmark). David Pastrnak should definitely help that. Slovakia had trouble with a relentless Belarus team in a 4-2 win and will face a much stiffer challenge in this one. These two teams have a long history that goes well beyond hockey and always get up for one another. The game will be on TSN2 and RDS2 in Canada, NHL Network in the US on tape delay starting at 3:30 p.m.
This, like the game in Group A between Sweden and the US, is between the two teams atop the group and when points are at a premium, it amplifies these matchups. Russia needed a shootout to get past the Czech Republic and Finland took two periods to find their scoring touch. The hosts will probably be facing their toughest test in the preliminary round. The game will be on TSN2 and RDS2 in Canada. The NHL Network will be showing the game in the US.