There are four matches scheduled on Monday, with each team vying to add a valuable 3 points in the standings. Six teams (Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United States, Russia and Sweden) will be going head to head but only 3 teams will come out on top. Get all your information regarding the 6 teams on this thread!
1:00 PM EST Denmark vs Czech Republic (TSN/ NHL Network)
Denmark vs Czech Republic
Team Denmark will look to take advantage of a listless Team Czech Republic, as they look to rebound after a 5-1 loss to the Swedes. The Danes still have to work towards limiting shots on net, as they have given up 83 shots on net over two games in this tournament. Nikolaj Ehlers continues to be an offensive threat, but Team Denmark has to tighten up defensively if they hope to win.
Team Czech Republic will go into this match, still looking for their first win. The Czechs have failed to gain a single point thus far and they dropped their last match to Team Switzerland by a score of 5-2. The team will need to get better goaltending, as they have given up 10 goals in 2 games (leaving them tied with Team Germany is goals allowed).
Both Team Denmark and Team Czech Republic will head into this match looking to gain a crucial 3 points in the standings. Ultimately, it will come down to each team's respective goaltenders to determine the outcome of this match.
4:00 PM EST Slovakia vs United States (TSN/ NHL Network)
Slovakia vs United States
Team Slovakia pull off an unexpected victory over Team Finland, as they won their second match 2-1. Goaltender Denis Godla made 37 saves and stole the games for the Slovaks, while captain Martin Reway had 2 assists in the game. Team Slovakia will need to put up more than 10 shots on net and overcome the suspension of defensemen Erik Cernak, if they hope to defeat the United States.
Team United States routed Team Germany, as they won their match 6-0. American forward Dylan Larkin has 3 points in 2 games (2G, 1A), while teammate Jack Eichel has 2 points in 2 games (1G, 1A). Team United States should continue putting shots on net and focus on neutralizing Martin Reway.
As long as the American forwards can continue to generate scoring chances, they should not have much difficulty defeating Team Slovakia. But if Denis Godla can pull of another brilliant goaltending performance, this may make for a more interesting match.
5:00 PM EST Russia vs Sweden (TSN2/ NHL Network)
Russia vs Sweden
After a shaky opening match, Team Russia rebounded against Team Switzerland. The Russian squad exploded to score 7 unanswered goals, while Pavel Buchnevich leads the team in points (1G, 2A). Goaltender Igor Shestyorkin replaced Ilya Sorokin in net and recorded a shutout in his first start. The Russians will look to build on this victory as they get set to face the high-scoring Swedes.
Team Sweden looks to win its third consecutive match after defeating Team Denmark 5-1. Captain De La Rose leads the team in points with 4 points in 2 games (2G, 2A). Unlike Team Russia's anemic offense, Team Sweden's forwards have been very consistent in this tournament, led by the likes of Jacob De La Rose, William Nylander, Anton Blidh and Lucas Wallmark. Goaltender Linus Soderstrom has also been solid in net for the Swedes.
If Team Sweden can continue its high scoring pace, it should not struggle to get past Team Russia.Team Russia will need to test Swedish goaltender Soderstrom early and often, if they hope to win this match. Soderstrom has not seen much action throughout this tournament and Team Russia should try to take advantage of this.