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World Cup of Hockey 2016 schedule: Canada closes group play

With a spot in the final four guaranteed, the Canadians face Team Europe.

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Both Canada and Team Europe sit with four points through two games and close the group play of the World Cup of Hockey against one another with first place in Group A on the line. Finishing at the top of the group gives the winner a matchup with the second-place team from Group B, which is still very much up in the air.

So far Team Europe has been perfect in group play, but that ride may very well come to an end against an extremely talented Canadian team. If there’s a glimmer of hope for the Europeans, it’s that Canada played on Tuesday and may well be gassed (or playing with a B-team) in a game that doesn’t matter all that much.

First, North America meats Sweden in a matchup that may determine first place in Group B. Russia and North America each have two points through two games while the Swedes have all four points from their pair of contests. If North America and Russia both win it will set up a three-way tie that will be resolved through the following tie-breakers:

-(Tie-breakers 1-4 calculated based on ALL games played):

-ROW (Total of regulation and OT wins)

-Regulation wins (Total of regulation wins only)

-Goal Differential (Total Goals For minus total Goals Against in all games played)

-Total Goals Scored (Total Goals For in all games played)

A North America win and Russia loss would make the youngsters the winners of the group.

Here’s today’s schedule:

Team North America vs. Team Sweden, noon, ESPN

Team Canada vs. Team Europe, 5 p.m., ESPN2