As the preliminary round is coming to a close, Denmark will take on Switzerland and Germany will face off against Slovakia. All four teams will look to avoid playing in the relegation matches and gain a valuable 3 points in the standings. Get your information regarding the two matches on this game thread!
5:00 PM EST Denmark vs Switzerland (TSN1/TSN3/ NHL Network)
Denmark vs Switzerland
Team Denmark lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Czechs as they squandered a late lead. Goaltender George Sorensen turned aside 43 shots, allowing the Danes to get out of the game with a crucial point in the standings. Mathias Asperup leads the Danes in points with 3 points in 3 games (1G, 2A), while Nikolaj Ehlers and Mads Eller continue to be wreak havoc upfront.
Team Switzerland will look to bounce back from the 7-0 drubbing they faced at the hands of Team Russia. Team Switzerland will look to Kevin Fiala to spark their offence and the young forward leads the team in points with 2 points in 2 games (2G). The Swiss will need to neutralize Team Denmark's dangerous first line, if they want to gain a crucial 3 points in the standings.
The Swiss should aim to bombard Sorensen with shots, if they hope to win this match. Team Denmark continues to give up shots on net at an alarming rate - to the tune of allowing 130 shots over 3 games. Team Denmark should look to tighten up defensively, if they want to stay clear of the relegation rounds.
8:00 PM EST Germany vs Slovakia (TSN/ NHL Network)
Germany vs Slovakia
Team Germany will come into this match looking not only for their first win in this tournament but their first goal as well. The German squad had a rough outing against Team United States, losing their last match 6-0. Team Germany lacks depth upfront and has had difficulties putting shots on the opposing net. Team Germany has also drawn into a tough group and will most likely be headed to the relegation rounds.
Team Slovakia will be looking to take advantage of a reeling German team as they look to move past their loss to the United States as well. The Slovaks received another strong performance from goaltender Denis Godla as he made 42 saves in the loss. However, Team Slovakia's offense leaves much to be desired as the team has only scored 2 goals over 3 games and have been shutout twice.
Team Germany is going into this game as the clear underdog, having given up 10 goals over 2 games. While both the Germans and the Slovaks come into this game with an inability to score goals, Slovakia's goaltender Godla may just be the difference maker in this match. All in all, it looks like Team Slovakia might be the team that leaves with an important 3 points.