- Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVA Sports
- Team USA vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m., ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports
Russia will be without center Pavel Datsyuk, who is dealing with a “small injury.” What’s bad news for Russia is good news for Team North America, who could grab that open semifinals spot if Finland wins. The Young Guns though they had it locked up already with their OT win over Sweden on Wednesday but, psych!
The Finns are 0-2-0 and already eliminated, but will start Tuukka Rask again in net. Sergei Bobrovsky starts for Russia.
Sounds like Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin will be on Russia’s second line, with Evgeni Malkin and Artemi Panarin.
The semifinals will start Saturday evening, with either Russia or North America playing Team Canada and probably holding on for dear life against the tournament’s Godzilla team. The already-set second semifinal will be Team Europe versus Team Sweden on Sunday afternoon.
The tournament’s final preliminary round game will be Team USA against the Czech Republic on Thursday night. LOL