IIHF U20 WJHC/Spengler Cup Day 3 GDT


Four games at the World Juniors, plus the final day of group action at the Spengler Cup highlight today's international hockey ticket.  Stick around here for commentary and start times.

IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship

Switzerland (1-0-0-0) Ch_medium  vs. Finland  Fi_medium (0-0-1-0), 12:30 PM EST at HSBC Arena in Buffalo

Big game going forward for both teams.  A win would keep the Swiss out of the relegation rounds for certain, and likely in a spot to claim a top 2 finish in the group.  If Finland still wants to finish second here, they'll need to make a statement and win this after a tough OT loss to the Americans. Game is being broadcast on MTV3 out of Finland.

Canada (1-0-0-0) Ca_medium  vs. Czech Republic  Cz_medium (1-0-0-0), 4:00 PM EST at HSBC Arena in Buffalo

Canada is definitely sitting pretty after that strong third period against Russia.  The Czechs had to fight a little harder than maybe they thought against Norway last night, so this is a very quick turnaround, and to top it off, they had to travel in from Niagara last night to go to this game in Buffalo.  There are a ton of TV broadcasts for this one, led by TSN out of Canada, CESKE out of the Czech Republic, NTV+ out of Russia, and Eurosport has it as well.

Russia (0-0-0-1) Ru_medium vs. Sweden  Se_medium (1-0-0-0), 7:00 PM EST at Dwyer Arena in Niagara

This promises to be a heck of a game, and it'll only be seen by 2100 fans in the tiny Dwyer Arena.  Russia is in need of a win, as no one likes to start 0-2, even if it is against the top two teams in the group.  Sweden will put Robin Lehner in goal for the first time.  The game is being broadcast in Sweden on SVT, on NTV+ from Russia, and is also being picked up by TSN in Canada, with a second crew calling the game.

USA (0-1-0-0) Us_medium vs. Slovakia  Sk_medium (0-1-0-0), 8:00 PM EST at HSBC Arena in Buffalo

Both teams are coming off tough opening wins in overtime, but with a day's rest for the Americans, don't expect this to be too tight of a battle.  How much rubber can Dominik Riecicky be expected to face after being bombarded yesterday against the Germans?  This game will be on NHL Network in the USA, SLOVAK Television in Slovakia, and apparently NTV+ is putting the game on as well in Russia, not sure how they intend to cover it with the Russia/Sweden game going on at the same time.

Spengler Cup

SKA St. Petersburg 4, Sparta Prague 1

This early game has already taken place.  The KHL stars have advanced straight to the semifinals, making the Group Torriani standings settled with: 1. SKA; 2. Geneve-Servette; and 3. Sparta Prague.  Quarterfinals go tomorrow, so it's a quick turnaround for Sparta who will have played three games in three days, and now need to play five in five in order to win the tournament.  They will play the loser of the HC Davos/Team Canada game in the later game tomorrow, while Geneve-Servette and Spartak Moscow play the early quarterfinal.

HC Davos vs. Team Canada, 1:15 PM EST

This is the final group stage game, and will be broadcast on TSN2 in Canada as well as Eurosport2 in Europe.  This is always a hot ticket in Davos, featuring the two permanent fixtures of the Spengler Cup.  The winner gets a bye into the semifinals, the loser plays Sparta Prague tomorrow night.

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