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2018 IIHF World Championship schedule: May 15, 2018

Group A Preliminary Games

6:15 AM ET: Switzerland (2-1-1-2, 9 pts, 4th) vs France (2-0-0-4, 6 pts, 6th)

This is an important game for positioning. Switzerland is battling for fourth spot with Slovakia. Only one of the two will end up in the quarterfinals. France avoided relegation, but will not make the playoff round.

The game will be shown on TSN 5 in Canada.

10:15 AM ET: Belarus (0-0-0-6, 0 pts, 8th) vs Slovakia (2-0-2-2, 8 pts, 5th)

Slovakia struggled against Russia on Monday, but should get points in this one, putting a lot of pressure on Switzerland in their earlier game. If Switzerland wins in regulation, it won’t matter what Slovakia does in this one.

The game will be shown on TSN 5 in Canada.

2:15 PM ET: Russia (5-0-1-0, 16 pts, 2nd) vs Sweden (5-1-0-0, 17 pts, 1st)

An overtime loss to the Czech Republic is all that separates the two teams entering what should be the game of the tournament so far. The winner will – likely – get Latvia or Denmark while the loser will likely get Canada or Finland. That goes to show the importance of this one.

The game will be shown on TSN 1, 4 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the USA.

Group B Preliminary Games

6:15 AM ET: Finland (4-0-1-1, 13 pts, 2nd) vs United States (4-2-0-0, 16 pts, 1st)

Finland needs a regulation win in order to win the group. Any other result means that the United States will finish in top spot. The team that finishes second in the group will get the Czech Republic while the winner gets Switzerland or Slovakia. This game features the top two goaltenders in the tournament: Finland’s Harri Sateri (3GP, 0.67 GAA, .960%) and USA’s Keith Kinkaid (5GP, 1.47 GAA, .943%)

The game will be on TSN 1, 4 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the USA.

10:15 AM ET: Canada (3-1-1-1, 12 pts, 3rd) vs Germany (1-1-2-2, 7 pts, 6th)

Canada is coming off of an overtime win against Latvia on Monday but the result still assured them of a spot in the quarterfinal. Germany will miss the playoff round, despite beating Finland earlier in the tournament.

The game will be on TSN 1, 3, 4 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the USA.

2:15 PM ET: Denmark (3-1-0-2, 11 pts, 4th) vs Latvia (2-1-2-1, 10 pts, 5th)

This is very likely going to be an insane crowd. The host Danes are battling for a playoff spot, and the Latvians are loud no matter where they are playing. The winner of this game, no matter how it finishes, will be in the playoffs while the loser will be eliminated. It is a great opportunity for both countries. While all eyes will be on Russia-Sweden, don’t sleep on this one.

The game will be on TSN 3, 5 in Canada.

All games shown on TSN will be streamed on TSN Go in Canada, but it requires a subscription to TSN. NHL Network in the US will be showing games as well, but listings did not always confirm which games will be shown.

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