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World Juniors 2017: Denmark vs. Switzerland, Latvia vs. Slovakia previews, TV schedule, lines, and more

Some critical matchups are on the slate for Friday.

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5:00 PM EST Denmark vs. Switzerland (TSN1, TSN3)

It’s been an excellent World Junior Hockey tournament for Denmark. With two wins in the bank they’re on pace finish either second or third in their group. It’s an encouraging sign for a program that has struggled in the past. Hard work and complete team efforts are on the menu for Denmark this year, and it’s paying off in spades.

As for Switzerland, they’re still searching for their first regulation win, although they do have an overtime win on the books. At the moment they sit two points ahead of Finland for last in the group.

Team Denmark projected lines

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#27 Alexander True #17 Mathias From #10 Rasmus T. Andersson
#16 Jonas Røndbjerg #19 Nikolaj Krag Christensen #11 Joachim Blichfeld
#18 William Boysen #22 Frederik Høeg-Jørgensen #14 Niklas Andersen
#23 David Madsen #13 Christian Wejse #21 Tobias Ladehoff

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#5 Oliver Gatz Nielsen #8 Nicolai Weichel
#12 Christian Mieritz #2 Oliver Joakim Larsen
#3 Anders Koch #7 Mathias Røndbjerg
#15 Morten Jensen

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Lasse M. Petersen
#31 Kasper L. Krog

Team Switzerland projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#9 Damien Riat #12 Calvin Thürkauf #15 Nathan Marchon
#16 Loic In Albon #18 Nico Hischier #23 Dominik Diem
#11 Marco Miranda #17 Raphael Prassl #22 Nando Eggenberger
#19 Yannick Zehnder #21 Fabian Haberstich #26 Timo Haussener
#8 Jerome Portmann

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#4 Roger Karrer #25 Jonas Siegenthaler
#2 Yanick Burren #10 Serge Weber
#7 Nico Gross #24 Colin Gerber
#5 Livio Stadler

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Joren van Pottelberghe
#1 Matteo Ritz

7:30 PM EST Latvia vs. Slovakia (TSN1, TSN4)

The second match of the day should be the most intense. Latvia and Slovakia will be clambering over one another in an attempt to stay out of the fifth spot in Group B and the relegation round that will determine if they will stay in the IIHF’s Top Division for next year’s tournament, or drop down to the second tier.

The situation is slightly more dire for Latvia than their opponent, as this will be their fourth and final attempt to record a win in the group stage. Anything less will see Slovakia finish ahead in the standings.

Latvia did play well against Canada on Thursday, though you wouldn’t believe that by just looking at the final score. They actually held the edge in shots versus the top offensive team in the tournament until about the midway mark of the second period, and deserved a better fate than their 10-2 loss. The team can take some confidence from that performance into tonight’s game, and duplicating that effort will give them a good chance at a rare victory.

Team Latvia projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#6 Eduards Tralmaks #11 Renars Krastenbergs #12 Erlends Klavins
#10 Martins Dzierkals #21 Rudolfs Balcers #22 Filips Buncis
#9 Rihards Puide #14 Roberts Baranovskis #16 Valters Apfelbaums
#17 Roberts Blugers #18 Ricards Bernhards #24 Deniss Smirnovs

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#3 Eduards Hugo Jansons #4 Gvido Jansons
#5 Kristians Rubins #23 Karlis Cukste
#7 Maksims Ponomarenko #8 Kristaps Zile
#15 Tomass Zeile #26 Rimants Zeilis

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Mareks Egils Mitens
#29 Gustavs Davis Grigals

Team Slovakia projected lines

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#8 Marek Hecl #18 Boris Sádecký #22 Oliver Pataky
#23 Martin Andrisik #29 Patrik Osko #25 Miroslav Struska
#11 Radovan Bondra #20 Adam Ruzicka #27 Filip Lestan
#12 Marian Studenic #15 Marek Sloboda #26 Milos Roman

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#14 Erik Cernak #6 Martin Fehérváry
#5 Michal Roman #16 Andrej Hatala
#3 Martin Bodak #17 Mario Grman
#4 Oliver Kosecky #7 Samuel Hain

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
#30 Adam Huska
#2 Matej Tomek