A pair of regional contests highlight Tuesday’s World Cup of Hockey slate. First, we get Finland vs. Sweden at noon on ESPN where we’re likely to see Henrik Lundqvist for the first time in this tournament and then the big one: Team USA vs. Canada.
Let’s start with the Scandinavian battle. The Finns dropped their first game to Team North America while Team Sweden managed to edge Team Russia in its first contest. If Lundqvist starts, Sweden is the prohibitive favorite in this contest but don’t count out Joonas Donskoi’s ability to score five goals and save his country’s hopes of advancing out of the group stage.
Now for the primetime contest. At 5 p.m., the Canadians and Americans meet for the first time in the tournament. In all truth, the United States has to win this game if it wants to get out of the group phase of this tournament. That’s going to be a tall task unless the Americans play significantly better than they did in their first game and the Canadian’s play much, much worse.
Full schedule can be found below:
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden, noon, ESPN
Team Canada vs. Team USA, 5 p.m., ESPN