IIHF World Championships: Day 2 Open Thread

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 13: Niklas Persson (C) of Sweden controls the puck against Patrik Elias (L) and Zbynek Michalek (R) of Czech Republic the puck during the IIHF World Championship semi final match between Czech Republic and Sweden at Orange Arena on May 13, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

I'll get more of a recap of the action so far after today, but for now let's focus on the games going on for Day 2:

Game Team 1 Team 2 City CEST Start EST Start
7 Switzerland Kazakhstan Helsinki 2:00 PM 8:00 AM
8 Latvia Russia Stockholm 4:15 PM 10:15 AM
9 Canada United States Helsinki 6:00 PM 12:00 PM
10 Sweden Czech Republic Stockholm 8:15 PM 2:15 PM

Games are available on Youtube, barring restrictions by country.

The first two games are the first games for the respective four countries, with particular interest for the Latvia-Russia game, featuring the two former Soviet Republics that always seems to be spirited, if one-sided in the outcomes. Switzerland-Kazakhstan marks the return of the Kazakhs to the elite group, so we'll see how they handle a strong Swiss side that has had issues in the past playing the role of favourites. The late games are gems, though. Canada-USA will be broadcast on TV across North America, TSN for Canada and NBC Sports Network on tape delay due to Kentucky Derby coverage. Both teams won their openers yesterday, Canada barely getting by Slovakia 3-2 and the USA easily defeating France 7-2. Sweden and the Czech Republic top off the games with what appears to be the most competitive game of the tournament so far. Sweden had some issues with Norway, but won 3-1, while the Czechs outlasted Denmark in a 2-0 shutout win.

Join in the conversation and get updates on the action as it happens. I'll be around for most of the day catching the action online. uu

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