There will be three games going on today, before Canada takes on Finland and we can help you stay caught up with those non-Canadian teams. As noted before, there will only be one mega tread for all the non-Canadian games each day until the round robin concludes.
1:00PM EST: Denmark vs Sweden (TSN/NHL Network)
Team Denmark nearly managed to pull of an upset against the favoured Russians in their first game. Goals from Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand, combined with the aggressive play from the entire team nearly allowed them to earn their first ever win at this tournament. Team Denmark needs work on limiting the amount of shots it allows on net (seeing as goaltender Sorensen had to turn aside thirty-seven shots in the first game). Despite the loss, the Danes managed to grab a point in the standings.
They will face a Team Sweden who dominated Team Czech Republic to the tune of a 5-2 victory. The young squad got goals from Nylander, Kempe and De La Rose. Nine different players also recorded a point in the game against the Czechs as well. Though goaltending was an issue heading into this tournament, Soderstrom had great showing and posted a .931 SV%. However, it's yet to be seen if this performance can be repeated.
Once again, Team Denmark will be the underdogs in this match up. But if they can replicate the effort they put forth in the first period against Team Russia for an entire sixty minutes, the final score may be a lot closer than expected.
3:00PM EST: Finland vs Slovakia(TSN1/TSN4/TSN5)
Team Finland will look to get it's offense working again, after losing their opening match to Team USA. The Finns were unable to take advantage of a strong goaltending performance from Ville Husso, who made 36 saves and posted a .973 SV%. Team Finland only managed to score a single regulation goal, courtesy of Mikko Rantanen and they will get set to change that, when they face a challenging Slovakian squad.
Team Slovakia took quite a thrashing from Team Canada, as they lost their first game by a score of 8-0. A combination of poor goaltending, bad defense and virtually no offense, left the Slovaks in an early hole that they couldn't recover from. Their strategy of getting the puck back to their captain Martin Reway was also noted and neutralized, rendering him unable to produce much for his team.
Team Slovakia does not seem to have much of a chance to defeat Team Finland. The Slovaks lack both the forward depth and defensive depth to compete with the reigning champions.
5:00PM EST: Switzerland vs Czech Republic (TSN3/NHL Network)
Team Switzerland will be playing their opening match against Team Czech Republic. The team has a lot of offensive talent to work with, but there is much left to be wanted about the team's defense and goaltending situation. The Swiss come into this tournament as heavy underdogs, but they may be able to use that to their advantage. The unassuming Swiss roster boasts a healthy amount of NHL prospects and current CHL players - all of whom are accustomed to playing on North American ice.
Team Czech Republic is looking to rebound, after dropping their first game in regulation to Team Sweden. Although the Czechs got a two-goal performance from Jakub Vrana, their defense and goaltending still remain suspect. Discipline also seems to be a concern, as Team Czech Republic struggled to stay out of penalty trouble and received two ten-minute misconducts.
Team Czech Republic is the clear favourite to win this match up, with their abundance of talented forwards. But if Team Switzerland can stay clear of taking penalties and get their power play to click, they might have a chance to pull an unlikely upset.