Russia’s chance to win their group was taken away when the United States dominated Sweden on New Year’s Eve. In the end, their regulation loss to the Czech Republic meant they would finish second despite beating the United States and Sweden. Once Germany got their full lineup, they won both of their games in order to make it this far. Tim Stützle and his teammates have their work cut out for them, but the Czechs provided a blue print of how to upset the Russians. The game will be on TSN 1/4/5 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the US.
Two of the biggest hockey rivals get a chance to play in the most anticipated of the quarter-final matchups. Both teams will undoubtedly be disappointed to be in this game and both teams played their worst game of the tournament on New Year’s Eve. Sweden will have a decision to make on who will start the game in net after Hugo Alnefelt got the pull against the Americans. Finland will look to recover from their loss to Canada. No matter what happens in this game, one team will be bitterly disappointed to not fight for a medal. The game will be on TSN 1/4/5 and RDS in Canada and NHL Network in the US. TSN 3 will join the game in progress.
7 PM ET: Czech Republic (2-0-0-2, 6 pts, 4th Group B) vs Canada (4-0-0-0, 12 pts, 1st Group A)
Canada was dominant throughout the round robin, saving their best performance for last in a huge win over Finland. After leaving the Finland game early, Alex Newhook missed Canada’s practice on Friday and his status is up in the air for this game. For the Czech Republic, they know the task ahead of them. They showed what they were capable of against Russia in their 2-0 win, but have been unable to match that performance in their other games. The game will be on TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS in Canada, NHL Network in the US.
10:30 PM ET: United States (3-0-0-1, 9 pts, 1st Group B) vs Slovakia (1-0-1-2, 4 pts, 4th Group A)
After losing to Russia in their opening game, the United States ran the table in their following three games, outscoring Austria, the Czech Republic, and Sweden 22-0 on their way to the group win. Spencer Knight rebounded after getting the pull in the Russia game and hasn’t allowed a goal in his two starts since. Slovakia played Canada tough, but their loss to Germany puts them in this game. They have a very young, but talented team with several key players eligible to return next year. Slovakia captain Samuel Knazko missed the game against Finland and it will be interesting to see whether he is able to return to the lineup. The game will be on TSN 1/3/4/5 and RDS in Canada, NHL Network in the US.
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