Both Slovakia and Denmark will make their tournament debuts today. Meanwhile, respective opponents Belarus and Switzerland will look to rebound from from their poor showings on the first day of the tournament. Share your thoughts and reactions to these two matches, right here on this game thread!
9:00 AM EST Belarus vs Slovakia (TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/RDS2/NHL Network)
Team Belarus is looking to move past a 6-0 lose to Finland by defeating last year's surprise bronze medalists. Having little click for them in terms of offence or defence, Belarus is depending on its goaltending to carry the team. Expect goalies Ivan Kulbakov and Vladislav Verbitsky to put up a stronger performance against the Slovakians. The Belarusians will also need to try to stay more disciplined, having amassed 18 penalty minutes in their first game alone.
Team Slovakia will be without the services of most of the members of last year's bronze medal winning squad (especially tournament MVP Denis Godla). With only four returnees, the Slovaks will look to repeat last year's success with a younger, more inexperienced team this year. Slovakia will face its first challenge of the tournament against arguably the weakest team in the competition.
1:00 PM EST Switzerland vs Denmark (TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/RDS2/ NHL Network)
Switzerland suffered an 8-3 drubbing at the hands of Sweden, and have plenty of motivation to down the Danes today. A lack of discipline undid the Swiss against the Swedes, having racked up 60 penalty minutes in their first match. Encouragingly, however, the Swiss weren't blanked during their debut. Switzerland will need cooler heads to prevail today, if they hope to grab an all important three points.
Team Denmark was the feel good story of last year's tournament, making an unexpected run out of the group stage. Denmark will look to build of that momentum in this year's tournament, though the odds are stacked against them, having to battle against Canada, USA and Sweden in Group A. If the Danes could capitalize on any power play opportunities provided by the Swiss, they could very well pull off an upset today.