GROUP A Preliminary Games
This will be Switzerland’s first of the tournament, but they took Canada to OT in pre-tournament, and Halifax’s Nico Hischier (draft-eligible in 2017) had two goals in that game. The Swiss are looking to avoid fighting relegation again this year after defeating Belarus to return to the top division. The Czech Republic won a close one against Finland yesterday, but they were blanked by USA and Canada in pre-tournament. You can watch on TSN 1 and RDS in Canada, and on NHL Network in the United States.
After a loss against the Czechs yesterday, this young Finnish team will need to stay on top of their game if they want a finish anything close to last year’s gold. Denmark lost 6-1 to Sweden yesterday, with St. Louis prospect Nikolaj Krag Christensen scoring the lone goal. Both teams are looking for a bounceback here on day two. The game will be on TSN 3 and RDS in Canada, and on NHL Network in the US.
GROUP B Preliminary Games
Both teams are looking for their first win on day two of the preliminary round. Latvia stayed with the US early in yesterday’s game before allowing 5 unanswered goals for a 6-1 loss. Latvia’s player of the game, 2017 draft-eligible Renars Krastenbergs, was the only one able to get anything past Tyler Parsons. Russia dropped their opener 5-3 to Canada, but Habs prospect Mikhail Sergachev is playing some of the best hockey of his career right now, and the Russians definitely cannot be counted out of this tournament. The game will be aired on TSN 1/4 and RDS2 in Canada, and it will also be on NHL Network in the US.
8:00 EST: Slovakia vs. Canada
After a 5-3 win over Russia to open the preliminary round, Canada will still be looking to improve on last year’s showing, so they can’t overlook this matchup.
This will be Slovakia’s first of the tournament, and draft-eligible Sarnia forward Adam Ruzicka is definitely a player to watch. Slovakia should take a lesson from last year’s Canadian team and avoid taking too many penalties; Canada’s power play was on fire against Russia. Catch the game on TSN 1/4 and RDS in Canada, and on NHL Network in the US.
All games shown on TSN will be streamed on TSN Go in Canada, but it requires a subscription.