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Predicting the group stage

Predicting the group stage

Who will win between now and New Year's Eve?

Published 26.12.2015 10:03 GMT+2 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Predicting the group stage
Last year, Canada beat the U.S. 5-3 on New Year's Eve. Can the American turn the tables on their rivals in their World Junior opener in Finland?
The countdown is on for the opening puck drop at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Let’s project the winner of each group game.

Based on current lineups and historical trends, who do you think will come out on top at the Hartwall Arena and Helsinki Ice Hall?

Lucas Aykroyd has covered eight IIHF World Junior Championships, in addition to four Olympics and 16 IIHF World Championships. The following predictions are the sole responsibility of the writer and do not reflect any official views of the IIHF.

December 26

Russia 4, Czech Republic 2: 2015 silver medalists start slow but score third-period winner on PP

Sweden 5, Switzerland 2: Juniorkronorna earn seventh straight WJC victory against Swiss

Finland 7, Belarus 1: Big opening night for Puljujarvi and Laine versus newly promoted underdogs

United States 5, Canada 3: Matthews makes his mark with three points as U.S. outguns champs

December 27

Slovakia 3, Belarus 1: Slovaks generate tons of chances, outshoot Beliavski’s team by 2-to-1 margin

Switzerland 3, Denmark 2 (SO): Plucky Danes tie it up late, but fall one shot shy in shootout

December 28

Czech Republic 2, Slovakia 1: Czechs take hard-fought revenge for their 2015 quarter-final exit

Sweden 4, United States 3 (OT): In tourney’s best game so far, Nylander brothers team up on winner

Russia 5, Finland 2: Hosts look nervous, Russians capitalize thrice off neutral zone turnovers

Canada 8, Denmark 0: Strome and Marner run wild, along with captain Point, in this romp

December 29

Russia 5, Belarus 0: Russians grab early 2-0 lead and never look back, three assists for Provorov

Canada 6, Switzerland 2: Swiss stay close till halfway, Crouse and Virtanen drive offence on forecheck

December 30

Czech Republic 4, Belarus 1: Zacha scores two spectacular goals as Czechs dominate

Sweden 7, Denmark 2: Forsling shows 2015 all-star form with four points, Danes remain winless

Finland 5, Slovakia 2: Kapanen pots first-period pair in his best WJC outing ever

United States 4, Switzerland 1: Four different U.S. scorers as Swiss get hemmed in their own zone

December 31

Russia 3, Slovakia 2: Samsonov makes 30 saves, Svechnikov wins it on second-period penalty shot

United States 6, Denmark 1: DeBrincat and Dvorak pile up points as U.S. PP clicks four times

Finland 4, Czech Republic 0: Textbook Finnish hockey as Jalonen lays down the law

Canada 5, Sweden 4: Goalies fend for themselves, Sanheim breaks tie on centre point blast


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