1:00 PM EST Switzerland vs Sweden (TSN 1/TSN Radio Network)
Montreal Canadiens' prospect Jacob de la Rose will look to lead his team to a perfect preliminary round record when Sweden hits the ice this afternoon against Switzerland. Sweden has been the dominant team in Group B, having won all three of their games thus far.
The Swedes have been spreading out the offense with four players sharing the scoring lead with 4 points each. Switzerland will have to rely more heavily on their star player, Nashville Predators' prospect Kevin Fiala, who is having another strong tournament with 3 goals.
Sweden has already wrapped up the top spot in their Group and will face the fourth placed team in Group A (Finland or Germany) in the quarter final on Friday. The Swiss lost in a shootout to Denmark yesterday, putting them in a position where they must win or depend on the Czech Republic losing to get into the medal round.
5:00 PM EST Russia vs Czech Republic (TSN 2/TSN Radio Network)
Russia lost their "big game" of the preliminary round against the Swedes on Monday night. Tonight they look to secure their second place position in Group B by winning in regulation against the Czech Republic. The Russians may still be grumpy after losing a close one to their hated rivals on Monday night. The Czechs may look to utilize that energy by drawing some penalties, as Russia is the most penalized team in the tournament. If the Czechs win they will guarantee a place in the medal round. If they lose, they will go into the relegation round and face whoever finishes last in Group A for a three game series. (Imagine a relegation round between Finland and the Czech Republic).
8:00 PM EST Germany vs Finland (TSN 2/TSN Radio Network)
It's do or die time for both of these teams. This may be Finland's chance to let off some frustration after three losses in a row to the United States, Slovakia and Canada. The Finns will want to win this one in regulation. If they do they guarantee a spot in the medal round (which most of us would have guaranteed for them before the tournament started). If they do win tonight - in what is the finale game of the preliminary round of what's been an incredible World Junior Tournament so far - they will have to face either the Swedes or Russians in the quarterfinal on Friday.
The Germans are coming off a loss to Slovakia last night, but they were able to score some goals - something they hadn't done until getting on the board for two goals by Frederik Tiffels.