Two days down at the World Juniors and Canada is looking like a home powerhouse while Sweden has found a nice scoring touch.
Sweden vs. Denmark
Featuring: Axel Holmstrom (0 points, 5 SOG, 71% Faceoff wins, -1) & Cristoffer Ehn (0 points, 2 SOG, 67% Faceoff wins)
The Swedes took down Denmark 5-1 in the early game on Saturday with a dominant performance, putting up 44 shots to just 20 against. Axel Holmstrom was unfortunate to be on the ice for a goal against, but he had a good game being what is essentially the grinder role alongside William Nylander. Holmstrom played a lot of net-front and moved the puck well, even drawing a penalty. Ehn had a great opportunity for a goal that he put back into a goalie who was sliding across trying to get across his crease. Other than that, I thought Ehn was positionally fantastic, but a bit slow to pick up on loose pucks in the offensive zone.
Finland vs. Slovakia
Featuring: Julius Vahatalo (0 points, 0 shots, 0 idea if he actually played again)
Finland lost their second game by a score of 2-1 against the team that got blown out by Canada on opening day. Once again, the Fins scored first, but couldn't hold the lead throughout the opening period. Just 6:03 into the second, they gave up the game-winner to Matus Holenda. Vahatalo's line on the IIHF stat sheet (PDF link) is completely blank, but his linemates did manage to register shots on goal
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
Featuring: No important Prospects
The Swiss won 5-2, giving the Czechs their second loss of the tourney by the exact same score. Kevin Fiala, the 11th overall pick by Nashville in this year's draft led the way for Switzerland, which must have been bittersweet for his family of Czech heritage.
Canada vs. Germany
Featuring: Joe Hicketts (0 points, 0 SOG, 2 PIM, +1)
Canada still has not allowed a goal in this tournament, as they shut out Germany 4-0 in their second game. Connor McDavid scored a goal, which was nice for him. Hicketts didn't factor into any of the scoring, but he did take a holding the stick penalty.
Schedule for Sunday December 28
|Preliminary||B||Sun Dec 28||Russia||Switzerland||5:00 PM EST|
|Preliminary||A||Sun Dec 28||Germany||United States||8:00 PM EST|
If you live in the US, then NHL Network is your source for WJC games. They're going to show all Team USA and Canada games, but not every game. NHL.com has the full broadcast schedule here.
Today's games on NHL Network
|Preliminary||Sun Dec 28||Russia||Switzerland||Air Canada Centre||5:00 PM|
|Preliminary||Sun Dec 28||Germany||United States||Bell Centre||8:00 PM|
Prime time Team USA game, baby.
In Canada, the TSN empire will have every single game. Here's their network/broadcast schedule.