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2018 IIHF World Championship schedule: May 5, 2018

Group A Preliminary Games

6:15 AM ET: Switzerland vs Austria

Two teams in red and white will make their 2018 tournament debuts. Former Canadiens Sven Andrighetto and Raphael Diaz lead the Swiss, who should be considered the favourites in this one. Austria will be looking for any points they can get to avoid the relegation round.

The game will be shown on TSN 1 in Canada.

10:15 AM ET: Belarus vs France

Two teams who lost big on Friday will go head-to-head on Saturday. Belarus was beat 5-0 by Sweden, while France lost 7-0 to Russia. This game is very important for both teams as the winner will go a long way to avoiding the dreaded relegation series. It wasn’t an easy start for either team, but these are the games they need to win.

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

2:15 PM ET: Czech Republic vs Slovakia

Another two teams who will be making their tournament debuts. Tomas Plekanec once again leads the Czechs at a tournament but it is also a changing of the guard as Martin Necas will play and look to regain his form from the World Juniors. For Slovakia, 38-year-old Ladislav Nagy will play in the tournament. He is only five years younger than general manager Miroslav Satan.

The game will be shown on TSN 2 in Canada.

Group B Preliminary Games

6:15 AM ET: Norway vs Latvia

This is the opener for both teams at the tournament, and it is one of those games where every point is a point closer to avoiding the relegation round. For many teams, the main goal is simply to stay among the top 16 teams in the world. This will be Bob Hartley’s second World Championship tournament as Latvia’s head coach.

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

10:15 AM ET: Finland vs South Korea

Finland will be led offensively by Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho and Mikko Rantanen as they make their tournament debut against South Korea. South Korea will be playing their first game in the top division of the World Championships. They defeated Ukraine 2-1 in a shootout to earn promotion, and while they played at the Olympics, this will be their first competition against some of the world’s best NHL players.

The game will be on TSN 4 in Canada.

2:15 PM ET: Denmark vs United States

Two teams that won shootouts on the opening day of the tournament will go head to head on Day Two. Denmark got a great performance from Fredrik Andersen to beat Germany, but they will be in tough to face an American team that defeated Canada 5-4. Frans Nielsen had the shootout winner (which counts as a goal in the statistics) and an assist for Denmark in the opener. Dylan Larkin and Chris Kreider had two point games for the USA, while Cam Atkinson scored twice in the shootout, including the winner.

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

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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