Group A Preliminary Game
9:00 AM ET: Kazakhstan vs Finland
Kazakhstan is going to need an upset against Finland or Sweden in order to avoid the relegation round, and even that is a stretch as they will need help. Given that the team finishing last will be formidable opponent, Kazakhstan has the odds stacked against them to stay up for a third straight year. Maxim Musorov has three of Kazakhstan’s four goals in the tournament. Finland is coming off of a huge win against Slovakia. Patrik Puistola and Kristian Tanus are leading the way offensively with four points each. The game will be shown on TSN 3/4/5 and RDS2 in Canada, NHL Network in the US.
Group B Preliminary Game
1:00 PM ET: Russia vs United States
Russia is coming off of a huge 6-0 win over Canada and the winner of this game will have the upper hand for top spot in Group B. There is still a lot to play for, and the two historic rivals don’t need any extra motivation. Amir Miftakhov started against Canada and made 33 saves in the shutout leaving to question whether he’ll start back-to-back games. American Shane Pinto has three goals and three assists to lead the tournament in scoring with six points. The game will be on TSN 4/5 and RDS2 in Canada, NHL Network in the US.
All games shown on TSN will be streamed on TSN Live in Canada, but it requires a subscription.