Earlier than the ball drops in New York Metropolis’s Occasions Sq., the puck will drop in Alberta between two hockey powerhouses taking part in for giant stakes. The USA and Sweden will meet within the remaining 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary recreation with positioning within the quarterfinals on the road.

If the US wins in regulation, then it is going to take the highest spot in Group B and get a gathering with Slovakia. If the U.S. wins in additional time, then it is going to end second within the group and face Germany. If it loses, then it is going to face Finland.

Crew USA’s spirits are excessive after it bounced again from an early loss to Russia with lopsided wins over Austria (11-0) and the Czech Republic (7-0). Trevor Zegras has been a pressure with 10 factors (5 objectives, 5 assists) in simply three video games. Captain Cam York has chipped in six factors, together with 5 helpers. The People obtained objectives from Arthur Kaliyev and Cole Caufield and a powerful efficiency in web from Spencer Knight towards the Czechs; if head coach Nate Leaman can get a spark from these guys, then the U.S. might be ringing within the new yr on a roll.

The U.S. can be with out Patrick Moynihan, who’s sitting due to an harm. The Devils prospect took a late, excessive (and, many would say, soiled) hit towards Austria (the participant was suspended two video games for the hit) and was knocked round towards the Czechs, as properly. With Moynihan out, the People will costume 12 forwards and eight defensemen, with Senators prospect Tyler Kleven slotting in on the again finish. Knight is again in web after a powerful begin towards the Czechs.

Sweden had its preliminary-round successful streak snapped at 54 with an additional time loss Wednesday night time to Russia. It scored the tying purpose within the waning moments of the third interval however Russia netted the game-winner within the dying seconds of the additional session. The one plus for the People is that Sweden performed a bodily contest only one night time in the past, however past that, it will not a simple assembly. 

Sweden is a pressure, led by the noise-making “Terror Twins,” Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond. Throw in blue-liners Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom and Tobias Bjornfot, and the U.S. will certainly have its fingers full. Calle Clang, the Penguins’ third-round choose in 2020, will get the beginning in web. He has not performed but within the event.

Sporting Information has all of the motion as the US appears to finish 2020 on a excessive observe and take the highest spot in Group B.

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