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Gameday: USA vs Canada - Live Coverage

12/31/2013, 2:15am EST
By USAHockey.com

Team USA takes on Canada today and all of your live game coverage is on this page. The puck drops at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The United States takes on Canada at Malmo Isstadion (capacity: 5,140) in the final Group A game for each team at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. If Team USA wins in any fashion or loses in overtime, it will earn the top seed in Group A heading into Thursday’s (Jan. 2) quarterfinal round. The U.S. last won its group in 2011 en route to the bronze medal. Team USA boasts a 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and a tournament-best goal differential of +15. Team Canada is (2-0-1-0), having beaten Germany (7-2) and Slovakia (5-3) and lost to Czech Republic in a shootout (5-4).

TV: NHL Network

Web stream: NHL.com

Live stats: IIHF.com

THE SERIES VS. CANADA

  • The U.S. trails in the all-time series vs. Canada, 6-1-3-27-3 (W-OTWOTL-L-T).
  • In last year’s tournament, Canada won the preliminary round meeting, 2-1, before Team USA responded with a 5-1 triumph in the semifinals.
  • Each of Team USA’s last three wins in the series have come in the playoffs. Prior to the 2013 semifinal win, the U.S. won gold medal games in 2010 and 2004. Team USA is seeking its first preliminary round victory since Dec. 31, 1998 (5-2).
  • The U.S. and Canada have met at least once in each of the last eight IIHF World Junior Championships. In 2007, 2010 and 2013, the North American neighbors played each other twice.
  • Among the 16 games since 2000, 10 have been decided by one goal, five have required overtime, with two ending in shootouts. There was a 1-1 tie in overtime in 2000.

What's at Stake?

Today's games in Groups A and B have significant playoff round implications. Here is a breakdown of what each game means to the standings.

Group A
USA vs Canada - Win in regulation for either team will earn them first place in group. The U.S. can still claim the group with an overtime or shootout loss.
Czech Republic vs Slovakia - Czechs need at least 2 points (win or overtime win) to avoid the relegation round.

Group B
Finland vs Switzerland - A Finland win in regulation time combined with a Russia victory over Sweden in regulation time will result in a three-way tie for first place, and the seeding will be determined by goal differential in the games between these three teams.
Sweden vs Russia - Any win for Sweden earns them first place in the group, Russia can factor in to a tiebreaker scenario with a regulation win.
 


USA Hockey's National Office wish Team USA good luck

Results

DATE OPPONENT RESULT/RECAP
Dec. 26 Czech Republic W, 5-1
Dec. 28 Slovakia W, 6-3
Dec. 29 Germany W, 8-0
Dec. 31 Canada L, 3-2
Jan. 2 Russia (Quarterfinals) L, 5-3

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