Following a chaotic day at the World Juniors, it’s currently looking like a return to a bit of normalcy today. Tuesday should have been a rather slow news day, where only two games were on the schedule. However, two negative COVID tests forced Team USA to forfeit their game with Switzerland… and then everybody nervously waited for what was next. As of 10am Wednesday, the USA-Sweden game scheduled for later tonight is still on.
Before we get to Wednesday’s schedule, first a quick recap:
Day 1: Sunday – Three Kings prospects had multi-point games
Day 2: Monday – Another productive day by Kings prospects, including a pair of players scoring goals and four players securing victories
Day 3: Tuesday – With the USA game canceled, the only other game featured Canada v Austria (where Ducks prospect Mason McTavish scored two goals in less than a minute)
WJC DAY 4 SCHEDULE
All six LA prospects are scheduled for action on Wednesday, including a pair of games with some Kings on Kings Crime…
Finland v Czechia (11am PST)
featuring Sammuel Helenius and Kasper Simontaival
UPDATE: Czechia has forfeited the game, Finland awarded a 1-0 win
Slovakia v Russia (1:30pm PST)
featuring Martin Chromiak and Kirill Kirsanov
UPDATE: Russia has forfeited the game, Slovakia awarded a 1-0 win
Canada v Germany (4pm PST)
USA v Sweden (6:30pm PST)
featuring Brock Faber and Helge Grans
Per official results, all teams have now played two games. Each country has two games remaining in pool play. With the United States scheduled to play Sweden today, followed by Russia on Friday, each game comes with huge implications on the standings — which currently are:
Pool play will continue through New Year’s Eve. Then, the Quarterfinal games will take place on January 2, followed by the semifinals on January 4 and then the medal games on January 5. All games will air on NHL Network TV.
Additionally, Stephen Nelson — who is doing play-by-play for all USA games — recently stopped by Kings Of The Podcast for our annual tournament preview. That episode is linked below for your reference.
Kings Of The Podcast: Ep. 117 – WJC Preview with Stephen Nelson, Plus Notes on LA Roster Plans
World Juniors: Grading the Performance of Nine LA Kings Prospects
Lead photo via IIHF / USA Hockey
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