The teams have hit the half way point of the round robin, and now have 3 more games to determine who makes the playoffs. Canada takes on Norway in Group F action, while Slovakia takes on Denmark in the other early game. We'll see Jordan Eberle skate for Canada today, and we'll also see Ole-Kristian Tollefsen for Norway, who has now served his 3 game suspension from the IIHF for a hit he made at the Olympics. Canada/Norway can be seen on TSN, while Slovakia/Denmark will be on the IIHF website. Game time starts at 10:15 AM EST.
In later action, Finland takes on Belarus and Sweden takes on Latvia. Those games start at 2:15 PM EST. Sweden recently dug into the vast Swedish bounty that the Detroit Red Wings had to offer upon being eliminated and brought in Jonathan Ericsson. There is no relegation round action until tomorrow. I am again not sure what all Universal Sports will be covering, especially now that USA is in the relegation group.
UPDATE: Slovaks, Norge scream "UNCLE!" as Denmark and Canada dominate
Denmark 6, Slovakia 0: A ridiculous output in the first period by Denmark made this a snoozefest on the ice, but a party in the stands for the Danish supporters. Six first period goals, while outshooting Slovakia 15-3 made this over in a hurry. Patrick Galbraith gets the shutout for Denmark, and Peter Regin got a goal and two assists. The Danes have now beaten the Olympic silver and bronze medallists, plus the fourth place finishers at this World Championships.
Canada 12, Norway 1: Norway actually scored first, but without veteran goalie Pal Grotnes (who was suspended) the dam eventually burst when the Norwegians started to get undisciplined. Team Captain Tommy Jakobsen got five and a game for pushing a referee while John Tavares scored a hat trick, Jordan Eberle got a goal and three assists in his debut (and Player of the Game honours), while Rich Peverley, Evander Kane, and Ray Whitney all got three points as well.