Team USA vs Team Canada Preview: 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships

Team USA and Team Canada will close out their respective preliminary matchups on New Year’s Eve at 11:30 AM EST.

Both the United States and Canada will be moving on to the elimination rounds, as expected. Selected in the same group this year, United States is currently in first of Group A with 9 points (3-0-0) while Canada is in 2nd with 7 points (2-0-1).

Team USA’s defense has been sensational so far this tournament. They have only allowed 4 goals and have scored 19 as a team.

Anthony Mantha (Val d’Or – QMJHL/Detroit Red Wings) and Jonathon Drouin (Halifax – QMJHL/Tampa Bay Lightning) are currently tearing it up this time around. Mantha currently is tied for the tournament lead in points with 9 (4 goals, 5 assists) and Drouin is tied for second at 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists).

For Team USA, Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University/Boston Bruins), Andrew Copp (University of Michigan/Winnipeg Jets), Vince Hinostroza (University of Notre Dame/Chicago Blackhawks), and Nicolas Kerdiles (University of Wisconsin/Anaheim Ducks) top the team in points with 6,5,5,5 respectively.

United States, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, Russia, Finland, and Switzerland have all qualified for the quarterfinals going into the last day of the preliminary games. Norway lost all 4 games and will play in the relegation rounds. Team Germany stands at 1-3-0 with 3 points while Team Czech Republic is 1-2-0 going into their last game against Slovakia. Germany holds the slight edge in points 3-2 due to Czech Republic earning their win in overtime which only earns 2 points instead of 3.

If the United States wins the game and the division tomorrow afternoon, they will most likely play Team Switzerland (1-2-0) in the quarterfinals.

Group B is very tight with Sweden in first with 9 points, Russia and Finland in second with 6 points and Switzerland in 4th with 3 points. All four teams are in action tomorrow. Russia will play Sweden while Switzerland will play Finland afterwards.

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