Stephen Ground 26 Sept. December 2020

There were three interesting and exciting WJC matchups on Christmas Day with Slovakia, Finland and Russia wins. Now, on the second day, several teams will make their debut, while teams like Germany and the USA will try to overcome losses the day before Let’s Take a Look at What To Expect on Day 2 All games are played at the Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta and all times shown are Eastern

In the first game of Day 2, two teams will make their debut in 2021, a rematch of a quarter-final game from the 2020 tournament Sweden won that game 5-0 before beating Russia in the semi-finals and taking bronze this year, the must Sweden develop a new identity as top youths like Nils Hoglander, Samuel Fagemo and Rasmus Sandin graduate But Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Hugo Alnefelt failed to graduate and after a 212 goals against average (GAA) and save a 921 percent (SV%) last year, it’s going to be a tough matchup

Although the Czech Republic will likely be underdogs in a tough group with Sweden, Russia and the United States, they have a strong team again this year.They are led on the offensive by team captain Jan Myšák, who is in the second round of Montreal Canadiens was selected from this latest draft.He joins Pavel Novak (Minnesota Wild), Jaromir Pytlik (New Jersey Devils), Adam Raska (San Jose Sharks) and Michal Teply (Chicago Blackhawks) as NHL strikers in the Czech Teameval (ez_write_tag ( [[580,400], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4’, ‘ezslot_1’, 664, ‘0’, ‘0’]);

Any of these teams could get hot and pose a threat to the US or Russia, both of whom aim to reach the top of Group B, but Sweden, which is the third-winning nation in WJC history, will emerge as the clear favorite, however, this does mean not that the Czech Republic is not a threat it will be fun to see

Germany made a strong debut on the first day of the tournament It managed three goals against Finland but gave up five to striker Florian Elias, a draft-capable player from 2021, and Tim Stützle, the third overall Ottawa Senators winner that season, led the attack with one goal and one assist per person at Tiefensee Arno allowed five goals in 50 shots before a relentless Finnish attack. It will be interesting to see if head coach Ernst Höfner will return to him after so much work in a back to back

The host country and betting favorites that win the entire tournament, Team Canada, will make their debut in this matchup, forced to grapple with the sudden and shocking loss of team captain Kirby Dach, Canadians have new questions to answer lots of forward depth, but will they have on-ice leaders ascending.The alternatives Bowen Byram (a defensive perspective for the Colorado Avalanche) and Dylan Cozens (a front perspective for the Buffalo Sabers) are being considered to reinforce p>

Cozens was seventh on nine points last year, but none of the six players above him on the list made a return in 2021. He will be a critical offensive player for a team where Alexis Lafrenière and Barrett Hayton played in the NHL, but he will have a lot of support in what is probably the strongest striker corps in the tournament

Players to watch: Tim Stützle, F [OTT] (GER); Bowen Byram, D [COL], Dylan Cozens, F [BUF] (CAN)

The United States comes into this game to overcome a brutal defeat by arch-rivals Russians and their own mistakes Spencer Knight, the 13th 2019 Florida Panthers overall winner, looked the net and was eventually replaced in the second half after handing the puck straight to a Russian striker who scored an instant goal, and Dustin Wolf, a Calgary Flames prospect, took command and could start against Austria, although the matchup offers a good chance to regain Knight’s rhythmeval (ez_write_tag ([[728,90], ‘thehockeywriters_com-Leader-2’, ‘ezslot_12’, 670, ‘0’, ‘0’]] );

Despite their early fights, the Americans enter this game as strong favorites, and with due respect to Austria, defeat would be catastrophic. Team Austria was promoted from Division 1 last year, meaning this is their first appearance in ten Years at the top of the tournament, you’ve lost the two goalkeepers who brought you to the top last year and now have to grapple with devastating news that one of your two NHL players, defenseman Thimo Nickl, is due to the tournament of a COVID- will be missed 19 Diagnosis

That defeat hurts them a lot, but they still have a bright spot: Minnesota Wild, ninth overall Marco Rossi, who played a prominent role in the Ottawa 67 of the Ontario Hockey League despite having played 56 games last season Has scored 120 points he will almost certainly not be enough to topple the Americans but he will be the team’s main hope to avoid relegation to Division 1

Players to watch: Spencer Knight, G [FLA] OR Dustin Wolf, G [CAL] (USA); Marco Rossi, F [MIN] (OFF)

Day 2 of this year’s tournament has three interesting matchups, but two that are unlikely to be close. Canada and the United States should both be strong favorites, and a loss for both would be a shocking surprise. Sweden is also a clear favorite, but it is gives a more convincing matchup with the Czech Republic The WJC can get away from a team very quickly if they get off to a bad start Therefore, the United States must make a statement on Day 2 to put the ship back in order after a heavy defeat to Russia

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