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IIHF World Championships: Day 3 Open Thread

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The prices are cheaper in Stockholm, so we'll see if there is an immediate boost in the amount of fans taking in the action on this Sunday full of games. Here's a list of the action today, with six games total:

Game Team 1 Team 2 City CEST Start EST Start
11 France Kazakhstan Helsinki 11:15 AM 5:15 AM
12 Denmark Italy Stockholm 12:15 PM 6:15 AM
13 Finland Slovakia Helsinki 3:15 PM 9:15 AM
14 Russia Norway Stockholm 4:15 PM 10:15 AM
15 Switzerland Belarus Helsinki 7:15 PM 1:15 PM
16 Germany Latvia Stockholm 8:15 PM 2:15 PM

It's a big first game for potential relegation as France and Kazakhstan play each other early. Denmark shouldn't have to fear that fate, but without Jannik Hansen (suspension) they'll have to dig a bit deeper to take out Italy and get their first win. Finland had a tough first game trying to solve a hot goaltender in Vitali Koval of Belarus, and hope to get a sold out crowd to help them past a tougher Slovakian team led by Zdeno Chara on defence. Russia will try and match Sweden's perfect start by taking on Norway, while Switzerland and Germany will look to put some distance between themselves and Belarus and Latvia with wins in the late games. Those are key playoff spot battles, and if Belarus or Latvia can pull of a victory there those pools get much more competitive.

For a recap of the first two days of action, read this from last night. Join up in the comments to keep up with the action, and if you can, catch the games on YouTube.

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